It could be a time for doldrums and disinterest.

The Milwaukee Bucks have 26 games remaining in the season and must go 9-17 merely to equal the franchise record for futility — 20 victories set during the 1993-'94 season.

That seems highly unlikely for a squad that just posted its 11th victory on Monday night with a surprising 130-110 rout of the Philadelphia 76ers.

But it doesn't seem the Bucks are going to go quietly.

Take for instance, rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo's hustling plays to alter or block two shots in succession in Monday's game. The "Greek Freak" only got credit for the second block, on 76ers rookie Michael Carter-Williams, but he used his long strides to chase down Tony Wroten and bother his fast-break attempt.

When Wroten missed, Antetokounmpo picked himself off the floor and swatted away Carter-Williams' shot at the rim.

The 76ers retained possession and eventually Antetokounmpo was called for a foul. Three Bucks players then went over to help pick the rookie off the floor and congratulate him for his hustle.

That's hardly the play of a team cashing it in early.

"These situations are never easy," Bucks coach Larry Drew said. "It's important as we go through the second stretch of the season to continue to compete, play hard and play with a purpose.

"I won't let these guys off the hook."

The Bucks have a young core that includes Antetokounmpo, rookie guard Nate Wolters, third-year point guard Brandon Knight, second-year forward Khris Middleton and second-year center-forward John Henson.