So in some ways it was a minor victory to even have been in the game at the end. But that’s not the way successful teams look at these types of games. Successful teams say, “we never should have been in the position to lose this game and then when it was close we should have closed it out.” And that’s what the Bucks want to be, a successful team
Also on Milwaukee’s side? History. The Bucks are a tidy 25-6 all time against Dallas at home including only three losses in the last 20 years. The story Monday will be about whether the Bucks were able to contain Dirk Nowitzki and make the other Mavs step up. Coach Rick Carlisle has already had to call out the Mavs on their effort level, something you probably won’t be hearing about in Milwaukee this year.