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05.28.2019: What were the Bucks missing, and how do they address the roster from here?

Bucks beat reporter Matt Velazquez joins host JR Radcliffe to look back at the short-circuited Milwaukee Bucks playoff run. What was one thing the Bucks needed to curb a string of four straight losses? How does Matt evaluate Giannis's performance. Should Bucks fans be worried that Giannis would go elsewhere in 2020? How does the team address the contract situations of Khris Middleton, Brook Lopez and Malcolm Brogdon? What do we make of Niko Mirotic? Then, former Bucks TV and radio host Eddie...


05.20.2019: After a rugged Game 3 loss, should the Bucks feel concerned or encouraged?

Milwaukee's three best players struggled in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals, and Milwaukee took its first loss of the series -- but still forced two overtimes. Bucks beat reporter Matt Velazquez joins host JR Radcliffe to discuss whether that's a good or bad thing now that Milwaukee's series lead has been trimmed to 2-1\. What are the circumstances that actually create a poor Giannis performance? What's up with Eric Bledsoe and Khris Middleton? Will the Kawhi Leonard injury become a...


05.15.2019: What should Bucks fans know about the Toronto Raptors?

Bucks beat reporter Matt Velazquez joins host JR Radcliffe to preview the Eastern Conference finals, beginning Wednesday in Milwaukee. How will the Bucks try to stop Toronto's Kawhi Leonard, and likewise, how will the Raptors try and contain Giannis Antetokounmpo? Who else is going to present a matchup problem? How much will we see Malcolm Brogdon on the floor? The Petty Horn returns, plus a brief look back at 2001 and the "conspiracy" of the last Eastern Conference Finals involving the...


05.09.2019: Y'all, the Bucks are going to the Eastern Conference Finals

Milwaukee Bucks beat reporter Matt Velazquez stayed up late to chat about the Bucks dominant 116-91 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, a game that gave the Bucks their first ticket to the Eastern Conference finals since 2001\. Matt joined host JR Radcliffe to talk about the elements that helped Milwaukee win four straight games against Boston, what elements could get even better in the next round, and what he saw from Malcolm Brogdon in his first game back from injury. Did Giannis...


05.01.2019: We're all even after two blowouts, and Khris Middleton is the truth

The Bucks responded in a big way Tuesday at Fiserv Forum with a 123-102 win over Boston to even their Eastern Conference Semifinals series at 1-1, and now they hit the road to Boston needing a win at TD Garden. Journal Sentinel reporter Matt Velazquez joins host JR Radcliffe to discuss the adjustments the Bucks made to rebound, the methods to defend Al Horford and Kyrie Irving, the change in the starting lineup and the wizardry of Playoff Khris Middleton. What are Matt's expectations on the...


04.25.2019: Breaking down the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Celtics

Bucks beat reporter Matt Velazquez joins host JR Radcliffe to break down the matchup ahead after the Bucks dismissed the Pistons in the opening round of the NBA playoffs. Can we stop being at least mildly concerned about the health of Giannis? Is Al Horford still the biggest matchup problem to watch? Whose job is it to contain Kyrie? If Malcolm Brogdon returns from injury, how many minutes does he figure to see? What went wrong for the Celtics this season, and have they fixed it? And just...


04.19.2019: A breakdown of the Bucks 2-0 series lead and conversation with Darvin Ham

The Bucks have taken a 2-0 lead on the Detroit Pistons in the first round of the NBA playoffs, and Journal Sentinel beat reporter Matt Velazquez joins host JR Radcliffe to break it all down. They discuss the absence of Blake Griffin, the bounceback of Eric Bledsoe from last year's playoff series, playoff officiating toward Giannis Antetokounmpo, the huge minutes provided by Pat Connaughton and a potential second-round meeting with the Boston Celtics. Then, JR chats with Bucks assistant coach...


04.11.2019: The playoffs are upon us; let's talk Detroit Pistons

The Milwaukee Bucks finished the regular season with the best record in the NBA, and now, finally, comes the fun part. Journal Sentinel beat writer Matt Velazquez joins host JR Radcliffe to discuss the first-round opponent Detroit Pistons, how injuries will factor into the Bucks' destiny, Sterling Brown in the starting lineup, the race for postseason hardware and the national pundits down on the Bucks ... do they have a point? Playoff Thon is back! Music intro: "Wide Eyes" by Chad Crouch,...


04.01.2019: Kane Pitman stops by to chat Giannis, the Coach of the Year race and Sterling Brown's future (plus his own amazing journey from Australia)

Bucks beat reporter Kane Pitman serves as special guest this week, chatting about the health of Giannis Antetokounmpo, where Mike Budenholzer falls in the Coach of the Year race and where Sterling Brown could fit into the long term picture in light of his big game Sunday. Kane then goes into his own amazing back story. He's gone from working at an oil refinery in his native Australia to self-funding an extended stay in Wisconsin to cover the Bucks. He talks about his fandom dating back to...


03.28.2019: Assessing the Harden vs. Giannis MVP clash, plus three teams vying to face Bucks in the first round

Bucks beat reporter Matt Velazquez looks at the MVP clash between James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo in the wake of Milwaukee's win over Houston on Tuesday. What's up with that Harden ad in the newspaper (though shoutout to Adidas for supporting local journalism!)? The Bucks social media team was spitting fire during the contest. Meanwhile, the battle to face the Bucks in the first round is a tightly contested three-team race right now, and is former Bucks coach Jason Kidd in the mix to...


03.21.2019: Bucks facing first true adversity with injuries to Brogdon, Mirotic and (gulp) Giannis

Bucks beat reporter Matt Velazquez stops by to discuss the suddenly limping Milwaukee Bucks, beset by injuries and just 5-5 in their last 10 games and a most recent loss against lowly Cleveland. How will they maneuver with Malcolm Brogdon sidelined for possibly the rest of the season (though hopefully back by the second round of the playoffs)? How serious should we be viewing the Giannis Antetokounmpo ankle injury that's kept him out back-to-back games? Should we be freaking out about how...


03.14.2019: Sizing up the Heat and 76ers as potential playoff foes

Milwaukee's next two foes -- Miami and Philadelphia -- could conceivably also serve as the Bucks' first two opponents in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Bucks beat reporter Matt Velazquez breaks down how the matchups might play out with host JR Radcliffe. Plus: a deep dive into the value of Malcolm Brogdon, the disappearing minutes of DJ Wilson in the Mirotic era and does Giannis get superstar whistles? Music intro: "Wide Eyes" by Chad Crouch, available at and...


03.07.2019: Bucks lose twice in a row! It's time to panic! Just kidding ... right?

Bucks beat reporter Matt Velazquez joins host JR Radcliffe to discuss something that hasn't happened to the Milwaukee Bucks all season -- two straight losses. Of course it's not time to panic, but are there any bad omens to recognize, particularly on defense? Does the schedule ahead present any problems as the Bucks try to hold on to the top seed in the Eastern Conference? Also, a breakdown of the contract signed by Eric Bledsoe and the debut of the Petty Horn, an indication of delicious NBA...


03.02.2019: EMERGENCY BRUNCH Bucks podcast! Eric Bledsoe's new contract, Pau Gasol and a win over LeBron

On this special EMERGENCY BRUNCH Bucks podcast, Journal Sentinel beat reporter Matt Velazquez chats live from LAX about the Bucks new four-year deal for Eric Bledsoe and news that the team was bringing in veteran big man Pau Gasol. Hear from Eric Bledsoe himself (well, in a chat before the contract business was announced). Plus, Matt and host JR Radcliffe discuss Milwaukee's two most recent wins, impressive road showings against the Lakers and the Kings. This time, Team Giannis got the best...


02.27.2019: What kind of problems would the Celtics present in the playoffs?

Bucks beat reporter Matt Velazquez joins host JR Radcliffe to break down Milwaukee's 3-0 start out of the all-star break, including the wacky final moments of the win over Boston. What kind of challenges would Boston present in a playoff series? Does it seem national writers recognize just how good this Bucks team has been? What are the early impressions of Nikola Mirotic, and how key was he in the team's win over Chicago without Giannis on the floor? Plus: a couple injury updates (whither...


Special episode: Wisconsin Badgers run to the 2000 Final Four with Dick Bennett and players from the team

Nearly two decades ago, the Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball team made an improbable run to the Final Four and set the table for a cycle of success that featured 19 consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament for a program that was seldom a qualifier for the Big Dance beforehand. Hear from players on that team -- Mike Kelley, Andy Kowske, Mark Vershaw, Jon Bryant and Maurice Linton -- as well as coach Dick Bennett. They think back to those four wins in March and subsequent loss in the...


02.15.2018: The Bucks are the best team in the NBA at the all-star break; is there anything to even nitpick?

Bucks beat reporter Matt Velazquez joins host JR Radcliffe to discuss the best team in the NBA at the all-star break. What would make Indiana a challenge in the playoffs? Could the Bucks endure a short-term injury to Giannis? When will we finally see Nikola Mirotic suit up for his new team? The guys also discuss Giannis's intriguing television preferences and what they're looking forward to this weekend during the all-star showcase. Music intro: "Wide Eyes" by Chad Crouch, available at...


02.07.2019: Emergency pod! Bucks make huge trade for Nikola Mirotic

The Bucks made a big splash at the trade deadline Thursday, acquiring Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic, with Thon Maker heading to Detroit and Stanley Johnson and Jason Smith en route to New Orleans. Bucks beat reporter Matt Velazquez joins host JR Radcliffe and breaks it all down. How does it help the Bucks? Whose minutes will Mirotic get? Was this as big of a steal as it looks? Who else might the Bucks add to fill the final available roster spot? What other trades before Thursday's NBA...


02.06.2019: What you need to know about Anthony Davis's interest in Milwaukee and trade-deadline chatter

Journal Sentinel beat reporter Matt Velazquez discusses what you need to know about Anthony Davis's interest in Milwaukee, and why a trade for the Pelicans superstar remains virtually impossible. Matt and host JR Radcliffe also chat about the scintillating win over the Raptors last week, the Bucks' potential moves at the trade deadline and all-star Khris Middleton -- who'll be participating in the 3-point contest. Music intro: "Wide Eyes" by Chad Crouch, available at and...


01.29.2019: Thon Maker asks for a trade and Giannis is all-star captain

Journal Sentinel Bucks reporter Matt Velazquez joins host JR Radcliffe to discuss Thon Maker's recent request to seek a trade from the Bucks, and is there any chance another player in the same boat -- Pelicans star Anthony Davis -- could end up in Milwaukee? Also, Giannis is an all-star captain; who's he gonna take with his first pick? The Bucks have split two games since we last chatted, and the Charlotte Hornets could easily be a first-round playoff matchup. How do they match up with the...