Wednesday night could be a preview of things to come. No, it’s very unlikely that the Sixers and Bucks will play in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, since one of them has to lose the game. Still, this is the first time the two teams will play a meaningful, truly big game. I doubt it will be the last.
Without question in my mind, Giannis Antetokounmpo is the most interesting young player in the NBA not on the Sixers. The guy literally jumped over a guy to dunk. His “60 Minutes” segment this season was fascinating. He seems to like it in Milwaukee, and why not? This is their second straight playoff appearance with this young team. His teammate Malcolm Brogdon famously won last year’s Rookie-of-the-Year over the Sixers Dario Saric and Joel Embiid, which most Sixers fans did not approve of.
Sixers fans seem to have noticed. After winning their 50th game on Sunday, some fans were re-tweeting the above tweet. Wes Edens, the Bucks owner, took quite a shot at the Sixers after last season- which probably felt safe at the time. Just two years ago, the Sixers won ten games. Add up their last two seasons worth of wins and you couldn’t get to 40. Suddenly though, the Sixers are good. Embiid and Saric both have had more productive seasons than Brogdon. The Sixers will get a home court first round series, Milwaukee will not. Things have moved quite fast.
This is awesome for the NBA. The Sixers and Bucks are two of the most interesting teams in the league. A little heat between them is good. This is good TV. This is where the league is going after a few too many Warriors-Cavs finals.