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Milwaukee Bucks Point Forward Podcast
38 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
We're trying not to panic with Bucks down 2-0; are there still reasons to believe? (06.09.2021)
The Milwaukee Bucks were knocked around in the first two games of the Eastern Conference semifinals in Brooklyn; as they head back to Fiserv Forum, can we cling to any shreds of hope? Bucks beat reporter Jim Owczarski and host JR Radcliffe look at what went wrong, examine the most optimistic and pessimistic takes, and ponder the future of coach Mike Budenholzer if this keeps heading where it seems to be going.Music intro produced by Olivia Reiner and voiced by Michelle Rutkowski.
34 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
Ted Davis looks back at the 2001 playoff run, 20 years later
Bucks radio voice Ted Davis and host JR Radcliffe look back at the 2001 Bucks playoff run 20 years later, just as this year's team looks to make a similar run. Ted talks about the lighthearted moment that played into a season turnaround, the forgotten thrills of the Hornets series, Glenn Robinson's Bucks legacy, the star turn of Ray Allen and, yes, the "conspiracy" that still lingers over the Eastern Conference finals outcome. Music intro produced by Olivia Reiner and voiced by Michelle Rutkowski.
37 minutes | May 31, 2021
Total domination against Miami; have their prospects against the Nets shifted? (05.31.2021)
The Milwaukee Bucks crushed defending Eastern Conference champion Miami in a four-game sweep, so does that mean we should start thinking of them differently in their upcoming (potential) matchup with Brookyln? Bucks beat reporter Jim Owczarski and host JR Radcliffe look back at the key differences between this battle and what happened in the dreaded bubble, the significance of losing starter Donte DiVincenzo for the rest of the postseason, the resurgence of Brook Lopez and Bryn Forbes and whether or not Mike Budenholzer's job has been secured for 2021-22.Music intro produced by Olivia Reiner and voiced by Michelle Rutkowski.
49 minutes | May 26, 2021
The Bucks are up 2-0; is it as promising as it looks?
Bucks beat reporter Jim Owczarski and host JR Radcliffe look at Milwaukee's fast start in the Miami series; is it as promising as it looks, or does danger remain around the corner? After all, we remember what happened when the Bucks got a 2-0 lead on Toronto two years ago. How in the world did the Bucks go from missing everything in Game 1 to making everything in Game 2? Why have Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo been so limited? Does anything we've seen change the perceived matchup if Milwaukee winds up facing the Nets? Also, some more Khris Middleton appreciation after his cold-blooded game winner in overtime of Game 1.Then, Jim chats with former Bucks star Bobby Dandridge, who discusses his induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame; after 30 years of waiting, he learned of his induction and kept the news from his own wife for days! Music intro produced by Olivia Reiner and voiced by Michelle Rutkowski.
55 minutes | May 18, 2021
Let's get the real party started, previewing Bucks-Heat in the playoffs (05.18.2021)
Bucks beat reporter Jim Owczarzski and host JR Radcliffe preview the Milwaukee Bucks' playoff series against the Heat. Why would this year be different given that the Heat have the same players (and talents) as the team that beat Milwaukee last year? Will Milwaukee regret the decision to play all-out against the Heat in the penultimate game of the season? The guys talk about their picks to win the various NBA regular-season awards and ponder the greatness of Giannis. Can he be the best Bucks player ever without a title? And it might surprise you where new Hall of Famer Bob Dandridge belongs in the conversation.Music intro produced by Olivia Reiner and voiced by Michelle Rutkowski.
45 minutes | May 14, 2021
Which Bucks potential first-round opponent is the scariest? Special guest Eric Nehm discusses (05.14.2021)
Host JR Radcliffe and special guest Eric Nehm of The Athletic chat about the potential first-round playoff opponents and which one represents the scariest. I mean, it's gotta be the Heat, right? Or is it? What pitfalls to the Knicks or Hawks present? Also, what's up with Milwaukee allowing big point totals to lesser teams? Then, Journal Sentinel beat reporter Jim Owczarski stops by briefly to talk about the home stretch and coach Mike Budenholzer -- just how hot is that hot seat if Milwaukee doesn't break through in the postseason? Music intro produced by Olivia Reiner and voiced by Michelle Rutkowski.
36 minutes | May 4, 2021
How are we feeling about the Bucks as the playoffs loom? (05.03.2021)
Sure, the Milwaukee Bucks have beaten the Nets and 76ers in recent days, but what about that brutal loss to Houston? And how nervous should we be about Giannis Antetokounmpo's shaky ankle? Bucks beat reporter Jim Owczarski and host JR Radcliffe take a look at the Bucks with eight games left to play, including a flashy rematch against Brooklyn as a potential playoff preview. Might the Bucks see the Hawks (and Bogdan!) in the first round or the 'boogeyman' Miami Heat? The guys also discuss the play-in system (LeBron doesn't like it, but we do!) and Jim explains that HOW Giannis scored 49 points against the Nets is more important than the total itself. Music intro produced by Olivia Reiner and voiced by Michelle Rutkowski.
60 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
Eddie Doucette looks back at the 1971 Bucks championship (04.30.2021)
The former voice of the Milwaukee Bucks, Eddie Doucette, joins host JR Radcliffe to look back at the 1971 Milwaukee Bucks. The man who coined 'skyhook' and 'Bango' had a front-row seat to the franchise's first and only championship. How did the Bucks go from expansion draft to NBA title in three years? What was it like playing many home games, including playoff battles, in Madison? Did someone really have to rescue Kareem on a snowmobile to get him to Madison in time for tip-off? How did Milwaukee embrace this team?
26 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
What was Milwaukee like when the Bucks came to town? (04.26.2021)
As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Milwaukee Bucks' one and only championship in 1971, travel back in time with Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Lori Nickel to learn what Milwaukee was like in the late 60s, when a new pro basketball team came to town and quickly took over the NBA.
33 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
Controversial finish against Phoenix and the Bucks look pretty much like the No. 3 seed (04.21.2021)
Bucks beat reporter Jim Owczarski and host JR Radcliffe look at where the Bucks stand after five straight home losses, including an overtime loss against the Suns hampered by a controversial late call. Once again, they ask if this team has shown it can win seven-game series in the playoffs, even with injuries frequently keeping the team from full strength. We hear what Jon Horst had to say on coach Mike Budenholzer, and is Giannis still in the MVP equation?Music intro produced by Olivia Reiner and voiced by Michelle Rutkowski.
41 minutes | Apr 14, 2021
Scott Williams on the Bucks getting short-changed in 2001 (04.13.2021)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporters Jim Owczarski and JR Radcliffe discuss the lingering injury to Giannis Antetokounmpo, talk about the team's strategy of resting everyone at once and check in on a player having a pretty good season: Pat Connaughton. Is it possible the Bucks don't particularly care if they get the No. 1 seed in the playoffs? Then, Jim chats with former Bucks power forward Scott Williams, who was famously suspended for Game 7 of the 2001 Eastern Conference Finals, leading to cries of foul from Bucks players and fans alike. "It was our year, but I think a lot of the NBA brass wasn't ready for it to be our year. Let me just put it that way."Music intro produced by Olivia Reiner and voiced by Michelle Rutkowski.
54 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
04.08.2021: George Karl swings by to talk 2001; plus, Giannis' knee and Jrue's huge week
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Bucks writer Jim Owczarski and host JR Radcliffe discuss where the concern-o-meter should be with Giannis Antetokounmpo's balky knee and Jrue Holiday's massive week. He's on an elite level right now; is the extension he just signed with the Bucks a risk down the road? Also, Khris Middleton has been a bit of a lightning rod, but is it warranted?Then, Jim chats with former Bucks coach George Karl (34:15), who looks back at the 2001 season on its 20th anniversary and reveals the one thing he wish he'd done differently in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The guys finally ponder why 2001 endures as it does in the collective memory of Bucks fans. Music intro produced by Olivia Reiner and voiced by Michelle Rutkowski.
28 minutes | Apr 2, 2021
04.02.2021: Jeff Teague joins the fold and early impressions from out west
The Milwaukee Bucks added a guard to the roster with the addition of Jeff Teague and split a couple games in Los Angeles. Milwaukee Bucks beat reporter Jim Owczarski offers his impressions of a team looking to dig out of a mini-slump and how the situation shapes up in the Eastern Conference playoff chase. Plus, The Thanasis Game and a check-in on the MVP discussion.Music intro produced by Olivia Reiner and voiced by Michelle Rutkowski.
30 minutes | Mar 26, 2021
03.26.2021: Did Bucks dodge a bullet at trade deadline?
Bucks beat reporter Jim Owczarski and host JR Radcliffe discuss the trade deadline; did the Bucks' biggest competitors in the Eastern Conference get better? Milwaukee stood pat, but recent new acquisition P.J. Tucker has looked great. Milwaukee held off a furious Celtics comeback for a win to run its winning streak to eight games, and does it feel like the Bucks are playing at the peak of their powers now? Plus, Brook Lopez has been on a tear. Music intro produced by Olivia Reiner and voiced by Michelle Rutkowski.
33 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
03.19.2021: A big trade and tension during a thrilling win in Philly
After the Bucks' thrilling win in Philadelphia, Bucks beat reporter Jim Owczarski and host JR Radcliffe discuss the tension between the two teams in light of some Giannis celebration, the weird final seconds of regulation, the value of the big win and the significant pregame trade that brought PJ Tucker to Milwaukee. How will Jim describe the Torrey Craig era in Milwaukee? Plus, plenty of MVP conversation -- have we reached the point where Giannis is undeniably a candidate for a third straight?Music intro produced by Olivia Reiner and voiced by Michelle Rutkowski.
31 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
03.11.2021: What should we expect from the second half of the Bucks season?
Bucks beat reporter Jim Owczarski and host JR Radcliffe re-visit a big all-star weekend for Giannis Antetokounmpo and discuss what about the performance might be a great sign for Milwaukee. Plus, discussing Jim's midseason awards, looking ahead to the second half and wondering about Marques Johnson's Hall of Fame chances.Music intro produced by Olivia Reiner and voiced by Michelle Rutkowski.
45 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
03.04.2021: Jrue Holiday returns and will any Bucks star get a jersey retired before Giannis?
Bucks beat reporter Jim Owczarski and host JR Radcliffe discuss the return of Jrue Holiday, the continued inspired play of Giannis Antetokounmpo, a fun win over the Clippers, a tough loss to the Nuggets and the recent play of Brook Lopez. Oh, and yes, lots of Mamadi Diakite. Then, Jim and JR discuss if any Bucks player is likely to see their jersey retired before Giannis. Big Dog? Ray Allen? Jack Sikma? Someone else? What if there's a better format altogether? Somehow the podcast conversation then steers toward avocados.
42 minutes | Feb 25, 2021
02.25.2021: Are the Bucks stuck in neutral until Jrue Holiday returns?
Bucks beat reporter Jim Owczarski and host JR Radcliffe discuss the Bucks as they continue to wait for Jrue Holiday's return. Why is the team struggling so badly without its No. 3 player, and what should we expect now that he can sign an extension? Some thoughts on the All-Star Game (including Khris Middleton's absence from the East) and what's fueling the Giannis turnaround?Music intro produced by Olivia Reiner and voiced by Michelle Rutkowski.
35 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
02.16.21: Three reasons to still feel confident in the Milwaukee Bucks ... and three reasons to worry
Bucks beat reporter Jim Owczarski and host JR Radcliffe discuss the recent up-and-down stretch of Milwaukee Bucks basketball as a lengthy homestand dawns. Jim offers three reasons why Bucks fans should still feel confident that the Bucks can hit another gear and three reasons to be concerned.Music intro produced by Olivia Reiner and voiced by Michelle Rutkowski.
36 minutes | Feb 5, 2021
02.05.21: Are the Bucks closer to the team with two blowout wins, or the team with two clunky losses?
Bucks beat reporter Jim Owczarksi and host JR Radcliffe discuss an interesting stretch for the Milwaukee Bucks, with two disheartening losses followed by two superb blowout wins. Which components of those games are sustainable, and which are legitimate concerns? When is it no longer "early" for the Bucks? If the bench scoring is such a key to Bucks wins, will they be vulnerable in the postseason? Has Giannis found a groove? Are we sleeping on the greatness of Khris Middleton? Will Bobby Portis take Brook Lopez's place in the starting lineup? Music intro produced by Olivia Reiner and voiced by Michelle Rutkowski.
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