Led by rookie Malcolm Brogdon, the Milwaukee Bucks knocked the Boston Celtics out of first place in the Eastern Conference with a 103-100 win last night at the TD Garden arena. Brogdon, who joined The Jim Rome Show on Thursday, talked about the team’s great play of late and last night’s big win.
“We struggled early on in the season, and now I think we are hitting our stride. So to win a game like that towards the end of the season, trying to solidify your spot in the playoffs is huge,” Brogdon said.
It was Brogdon’s final fadeaway jumper over Boston’s Avery Bradley with 3.9 seconds left that cemented the victory, and the guard talked about the sequence.
“We knew there was maybe about 10 seconds left, and our big man Greg Monroe had the ball. He was sort of in no man’s land,” Brogdon said. “He passes out to me, and I figured I had to attack the basket, but Bradley is a great defender, so he was staying in front of me. He bodied me up so I just had to lean a little bit and get a shot off. And I just tried to shoot it as on balance as I could and finish it with a high release.”
The possible favorite for Rookie of the Year feels like his team is ready for anyone come playoff time.
“I think our potential is limitless. I think we can beat anybody we play,” Brogdon said. “But it’s not about them, it’s about us. We got to go in there, we got to play the defense we’ve been playing down the stretch and keep believing. I think one of the biggest things that’s changed with us is we believe in ourselves. We believe we can beat anybody, so that’s what we’ve been doing.”
Brogdan admits that he uses the fact that he wasn’t drafted until 36th overall in last year’s NBA Draft as motivation.
“You’re going into the league, you have to have a chip on your shoulder if you’re going to make a name for yourself, but being a second round pick, people don’t expect you to do anything and for me, that’s right up my alley,” Brogdon said. “My journey, my life journey in terms of basketball has always been one of being overlooked. You know barely not making the team or just sitting on the bench until my opportunity was there and then proving myself. So this was just another repetition of what I’ve always gone through, and you know its fuel to the fire for me to see people pass me up and it just empowers my motivation.”
Brogdon, who played four years at Virginia, feels like most NBA teams hold that much college experience against players.
“A lot of NBA teams, they draft on potential, they draft on age,” Brogdon said. “I think that people draft on a bunch of things that, you know, make them miss on some of the best players in the draft, and I think it happens every year. Guys like Isaiah Thomas, guys like Draymond Green. Those are guys that were passed up by almost everybody and yet they were one of the best players in their draft. So I think it’s a thing that will continue to happen every year as long as the NBA continues to draft as they do.”