Bucks eliminated from playoffs, fans stay optimistic for next season
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Sunday afternoon was quiet in Milwaukee's Deer District, as disappointed fans left bars nearby Fiserv Forum, with this year's Bucks season ending on a Game 7 loss to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Game 7 was a letdown for basketball fans in forest green, hoping to see the road to a repeat championship.
Despite a canceled watch party due to violence near the Deer District on Friday, fans still came to the area Sunday to show support.
"I really love that about Milwaukee," said one fan, Ronalou Baylon, "I feel like everyone is super close, dedicated, hard, loyal fans."
With a tough downfall to the Celtics, the Deer District likely won't see full crowds again for a while.
"I don't know how to cope with it, but we'll be back next year. Next year's our season," said another fan.
While most shared disappointment, others preferred to choose optimism over grief.
"They still gave it their all and gave it their best, you know what it is, is learning to play against another great team," said fan, Juan Hernandez.
Now, fans and players are taking the hit, while already gearing up for next season.
"I'm sad, but you get Khris, Giannis, Jrue back, optimistic. That's another emotion," said fan, Keagan McInnis.
Despite the loss, the Milwaukee Bucks seem to continue to be a bonding force for the city, still standing for something positive.
"I'm here for the Bucks, I still want to stay in the culture. Milwaukee's a great city, it's a good place to be," McInnis said.
Any after-game festivities for fans will be cut short for those under 21, as an emergency curfew goes into effect at 11 p.m. on Sunday.