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The Milwaukee Bucks cruised to a dominant 125-103 win against the Toronto Raptors in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals on Friday night, easily picking up a 2-0 series lead behind a 30-point night from Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Shortly after the dominant win at Fiserv Forum, Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon joined TNT’s NBA crew to talk about the game.
After discussing the win, Brogdon — who finished with 14 points off the bench for the Bucks, shooting 5-of-10 from the field — was asked about his Hoops2O charity, which “recruits players from across the NBA to raise funds and awareness for clean water initiatives in East Africa.”
“We basically build clean water wells in East Africa and Tanzania,” Brogdon explained on the postgame show. “Every summer I go over there. I raise money throughout the season. I have four guys in the NBA that are helping me raise money on different teams. I’m trying to just raise as much money as I can to build more wells, and then I go visit the people in Africa and see sort of the impact that it has.”
Charles Barkley was extremely intrigued.
“How much does it cost for a well?” Barkley asked.
“$45,000,” Brogdon quickly answered.
“I’ll give you $45,000. I’ll give you $45,000 right now,” Barkley said.
Not only did Brogdon walk away from the Fiserv Forum with a 2-0 lead in the series on Friday night, but he raised enough money for the new “Charles Barkley well,” too.
Brogdon thrilled to be back after injury
Brogdon missed the end of the regular season and nearly all of the Bucks’ first two playoff series this postseason after suffering a minor plantar fascia tear in his right foot in March.
The 26-year-old averaged 15.6 points per game for the Bucks this season, too, and was a huge part in leading them to the top spot in the playoffs.
Finally, though, it seems as if Brogdon is nearly back to full strength.
Brogdon made his return in Game 5 of the Bucks’ Eastern Conference semifinals series against the Boston Celtics earlier this month, but scored just 10 points in 16 minutes. While he’s still coming off the bench in this series, Brogdon has played 25 and 30 minutes in the first two games and is starting to look like his old self again — something that will undoubtedly help Milwaukee through the rest of their series against the Raptors.
“I feel great,” Brogdon said on TNT after the game. “It’s a blessing to be back out here. I’m super grateful to be back on the court playing, especially at this level.”