With or without Giannis, are the Bucks in trouble? | Inside The Association

Yahoo Sports senior NBA writer Vincent Goodwill joins the "Inside the Association" crew on Stadium to discuss the news that the Bucks superstar will miss the final three games of the regular season.

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- Let's talk about the Milwaukee Bucks, man, because they decided to shut down Giannis for the final two games of the regular season. And I know Bucks fans are happy because he didn't have that Achilles injury. It was a strained calf. So he's going to rest and recover from that. But how much does this impact Milwaukee's postseason with Giannis not being anywhere near close to 100%?

VINCENT GOODWILL: I mean, look, Cam, they were in trouble with Giannis playing 100% because they have problems with the perimeter defense. They've had problems all season long. It's going to be amazing that they can even get to 50 wins. But if you don't have Giannis at 100%, you don't have a chance.

Remember what happened last year in the playoffs. He missed a couple of games against the Miami Heat. They went out meekly in five games at the crib. They got put out in overtime at home. And they've won a grand total count of one playoff series since winning the championship in 2021. That's something very important to remember here-- that we're thinking about this team being such a consistent contender, but they've been a playoff underachiever for the past couple of years.

They're in a lot of trouble, man. It's not just Damian Lillard or Doc Rivers or all these other things. It's the entire conglomerate, this entire aging outfit. They got a lot on the line this postseason. This is not a win next year thing. This is a win now and win right now situation.