For the first time the MVP serenade went up, as Giannis Antetokounmpo shot and made a couple of free shots with 9:15 left in the final quarter and the Bucks ahead 94-76, it appeared well and good.
For Milwaukee’s game on Tuesday against Houston had been charged as a confrontation of top picks to win the NBA’s most esteemed honor, with Antetokounmpo and the Rockets’ James Harden clashing for just the second and likely last time this season.
However, when fans at Fiserv Forum recited once more, with 1:15 left and Antetokounmpo depleting his last focuses, they had blown a ready chance – especially the rambunctious fans in a segment that goes back to Andrew Bogut and his development of some football and rugby rambunctiousness.
By then, the correct serenade would have been: “M-V-D! M-V-D!” Because for all the individual star control on the floor, the diverse creator for Milwaukee was its protection.
Bugging, brave, predictable and expertly executed barrier, to be exact.