Bucks prepare to start the playoffs

NOW: Bucks prepare to start the playoffs

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The Bucks have dominated the Bulls recently, winning all four games this year and 14 of the last 15 against Chicago. But as the playoffs start, they know they can't take anything for granted. That's why most players stayed on the court long after practice ended, getting into playoff mode.

“Just locking in, blacking out all the outside noise," said Portis. "That’s the biggest thing with playoff mode. Obviously it comes down to X's & O’s and executing, possession by possession.”

"You’ve got to have the appropriate respect and fear to Chicago," said Giannis. "They are a great team.“

You might think the Bucks would be a little looser this season after winning the title last year. Not so much.

"You win one, then you think that there is no pressure, but no, if you are a really competitive person, which I am, and we have a very competitive team," Giannis said. "Their mind is going to find something else to be there and to add that pressure."

"I’m just as nervous as I ever was," said Budenholzer. "If you’re not a little bit nervous, if you’re not a little uncomfortable, then you’re not Phil Jackson probably.“

Of course the nerves are part of what makes the playoffs special.

"There’s nothing like NBA playoff basketball," Budenholzer said. "I think the quality of play, the competitiveness of players and competitiveness of the teams, it’s just the best."

One final piece of regular season news -- Giannis has been named the NBA’s Player of the Month for the stretch run in March and April. It probably won’t be enough to earn him a third MVP award, but can’t hurt.

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