Matthew Dellevadova’s late heroics helped the Bucks give the Clippers a heartbreaking 97-96 home loss Wednesday night. The Bucks, who are 8-2 in March and 11-5 without Jabari Parker, has become a sleeper team as of late.

Five Bucks scored in double figures, including Giannis Antetokounmpo, who led the Bucks with 16 points, five assists, and five rebounds.

Despite losing Jabari Parker, who tore his ACL last month, the Bucks have been able to vault to the 7th seed in the East.

The Bucks are capable of giving the Cavs or the Celtics a run for their money in the tournament. The Cavs last year won their playoffs games, but it was not always so easy. Right before the NBA finals, the Cavs lost two straight against the Raptors after being up 2-0. After showing that the Bucks are capable of playing well on the road, this is a positive sign that can translate into the playoffs.

The Bucks play a struggling Lakers team next, so it’s possible that they are able to get back to .500 with a chance to move within the 6th seed. The Bucks may not have as much depth it may take to pull of an upset, but it is possible that they won’t make the playoffs easy should they make it.

Meanwhile with the Clippers, they are in trouble. They are at risk of dropping to the 6th seed to the Thunder, and at risk of yet another playoff exit. The Clippers have never gotten out of the second round and for the trio of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan, this is not good news.

Jordan and Griffin had a good game, Jordan scoring 22 points and Griffin with 18, but Paul scored a season low six points while shooting 20% from the field.

The Bucks are trending up while the Clippers are trending down. At this time of the season given the Bucks’ circumstances, it’s hard to believe this narrative would strike up.

The Clippers are not the team to be feared anymore. Their offense is slow, their defense is lackluster, and their star point guard is inconsistent. The team that was known as Lob City is now known as “Sob City.” They still have time to right the ship, but it’s clear that it’s almost time to hit the panic button heading into the playoffs.

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