Bucks news: Milwaukee’s sweep of Pistons is first NBA playoff series win in 18 years and 9 attempts
Remarkably, it is the first time that the Bucks have won a playoff series since 2001.
The Milwaukee Bucks have won their first playoff series since 2001.
— Eric Nehm (@eric_nehm) April 23, 2019
Between 2001 and 2018, the Bucks have made the playoffs eight times but never got out of the first round. The last time they won a playoff series, Ray Allen was still their star player. They advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2000-01 season before losing to Allen Iverson and the Philadelphia 76ers.
However, this season was a different story. Not only did they have the best record in the NBA, but they have also established themselves as legitimate championship contenders.
The Bucks are led by MVP frontrunner Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is unarguably a top five player in the league right now. The Greek Freak also has a great supporting cast, comprised of fellow All-Star Khris Middleton as well as veterans Eric Bledsoe and Brook Lopez.
Last season, the Bucks lost to the Celtics in the first round, so expect Milwaukee to come into the second round with a ton of motivation.