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Bucks host 2017-18 Media Day

After finishing 42-40 last season and almost upsetting the heavily-favored Toronto Raptors in the opening round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, there will be extra pressure on Milwaukee to perform heading into the 2017-18 season. 

MILWAUKEE - The word "expectation" seemed to be the theme at the Bucks annual Media Day Monday afternoon.

After finishing 42-40 last season and almost upsetting the heavily-favored Toronto Raptors in the opening round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, there will be extra pressure on Milwaukee to perform heading into the 2017-18 season.

"A lot of people say the East is wide open, a lot of trades, a lot of people went from the East to the West," all-star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo said. "We had same core, same players are back. We've played together for a year now so we know what we have to do, it's an advantage for us."

The Bucks return one of the league's most impressive young rosters led by forwards Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, reigning NBA Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon, Thon Maker and oft-injured but widely talented swingman Jabari Parker.

"Our goal is to make the playoffs and hopefully do better but before we do that, we have to play the 82 games," head coach Jason Kidd said.

"We have to get better than last year. It starts with those guys in the locker room and they had a good summer. They want to win and they're starting to learn how to win."

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