The quest for a championship has been the Milwaukee Bucks‘ only goal for this season.
For two consecutive seasons, the Bucks had the best overall record in the league, but were met with playoff disappointments.
They were the brand new fresh face at the top trying to improve each season.
However, now it is time to think about only winning titles.
They fell to the third seed this season, but still have a great shot at winning it all.
Their first round matchup is going to be a difficult one for sure.
It is a rematch against the team that eliminated them last postseason, the Miami Heat.
We get a Heat and Bucks rematch in the first round 👀
Who you got? pic.twitter.com/bMhqeWLqmH
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 17, 2021
The Heat are one of the hottest teams entering the playoffs going 22-14 after the All-Star break and 7-2 in their last nine coming into the postseason.
The Bucks need to be very careful that they don’t get tripped up with this first-round series.
The question is if there is a great deal of pressure on the Bucks to win it now?
No, They Locked Up Giannis
The pressure for the Bucks dissipated once they locked up Giannis for the next five years.
BREAKING: Two-time MVP @Giannis_An34 will sign a contract extension with the Milwaukee Bucks. Greak Freak will sign a five-year, $228.2 million supermax extension with the franchise, largest deal in NBA history. Reported by Sham or Woj first. I think it was Shams. Good job.
— Mike Wise (@MikeWiseguy) December 15, 2020
Giannis was entering the final year on his contract and some thought that with the lack of playoff success, he was gone.
However, it changed once they acquired Jrue Holiday.
The Bucks front office showed him their willingness to make changes for him and the team.
They were even able to extend Holiday in the middle of the season.
Giannis is a two-time MVP, who is still improving on his game.
He is a bonafide superstar that has the potential to be the next face of the NBA.
They have five more years to build the title team they want so bad.
There is another two years for more cap space to be freed up and who knows what can happen.
The NBA is very unpredictable, which can lead to a star player wanting to join Giannis in Milwaukee for a chance to win it all.
Yes, Win Before it is Too Late
Giannis signed a five-year extension, but in today’s NBA, things can flip instantly.
Two years in a contract and superstar players want out.
The pressure for organizations with franchise players are a year to year basis.
The Bucks don’t want to turn into the team that can never get it done.
For two straight years they had a shot, but ended up falling short.
Last season, they were upset by this same Heat team that they have to face this postseason.
Coach Bud is serious jeopardy if they flame out once again.
Inside look at coaches on the potential hot seat as NBA playoffs near:
– Blazers' Terry Stotts
– Bucks' Mike Budenholzer
– Pacers' Nate Bjorkgren
– Kings' Luke Walton
– Wizards' Scott Brooks
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 5, 2021
The pressure is there for them to win for their franchise guy before it’s too late.
They do not want to be at the bottom hoping to land the next Giannis.
This might be one of their last chances to win the title.
You never know with the unpredictability of the NBA each season.
Can the Bucks overcome the pressure and finally achieve the ultimate team goal?