The veteran coach laughed, before asking, "is there a debate I don't know about?"
Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) and Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) reach for the loose ball during the third quarter of their match at Fiserv Forum. Milwaukee, which has won 14 straight games, has registered a plus-137 point differential over the team's past four contests, good for the second-best margin over a four-game span in a season in National Basketball Association history, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
Before Friday night's blowout loss, in which the Clippers trailed by as many as 41, their largest deficit was 23 against the Jazz on October 30.
Carrying a 52-43 lead into the half, this contest had all the hallmarks of a playoff game through 24 minutes.
So, although this game will be previewed as another matchup between stars Antetokounmpo and Leonard, it really could be decided by the benches. That's all he needed. Paul George is adding 23.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per contest.
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Antetokounmpo would only be needed for 26 minutes in this one, finishing with 27 points, 11 rebounds and four assists.
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In the 13:15 of play between the whistle blowing on the contact between Antetokounmpo and George and the thunderous ovation the reigning MVP got when exiting the game, the Bucks outscored the Clippers 48-20. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.
The tactic makes sense for multiple reasons, but perhaps none more so than simply keeping Leonard out of foul trouble. The Clippers lead the National Basketball Association in home victories with 13. To say the Clippers will be battle-tested against a deep Bucks team is an understatement as 14 Bucks players average five points or more per game.
On this night, the role was stunningly reveresed from the outset, as the self coined "Bench Mob" went to work.
Donte DiVincenzo had 11 points for the Bucks who have not lost since dropping a 103-100 decision at Utah on November 8.
"We just have to get comfortable with the plays", Leonard said of playing with George.
This of course means the Bucks lead the league in points per game with 121.1 while the Clippers have almost surged into the top-five, sitting sixth in the league with 115.5. Aside from the win streak, but the Bucks have covered in three straight.