The Milwaukee Bucks took care of enterprise towards the Miami Heat, sweeping them with a commanding second half that led to a 120-103 win, closing out the sequence. Regardless of a 1-10 from deep to begin this recreation, MIlwaukee trailed simply 22-26 after the primary interval. The taking pictures improved considerably within the second, however Miami discovered an offensive groove for the primary time this sequence and led 64-57 at halftime. Milwaukee lastly discovered a technique to nail some pictures within the third as they put it on Miami within the interval, coming into the fourth up 91-85. The Bucks dominated Miami down the stretch and gave rubbish time minutes in a closeout recreation.
Now, they await the winner of the Boston-Brooklyn sequence.
Giannis had simply the third triple-double in Bucks Playoff historical past at present. He struggled mightily discovering any kind of offensive rhythm across the rim within the first half, however he was in a position to command the paint utilizing off-ball cuts and abusing mismatches late. What was the actual story was how typically his defensive presence disrupted any Miami driver to the rim and compelled them into troublesome selections. Late within the fourth, he approached Dragic’s drive and made him flip it over. His defensive influence was extra profound on this sequence than most that I can bear in mind prior to now. He had 20 factors, 12 rebounds and 15 assists.
Khris Middleton got here alive within the third quarter. With a sequence of triples and discovering his technique to the free throw line, Middleton discovered his offensive stream and introduced tempo to the Bucks offense too. He introduced some much-needed factors within the early going together with his assertiveness on pull-up jumpers, however it was his aggressiveness driving to the rim that additionally helped the Bucks discover some offensive stream. It got here at a pivotal time too because the Warmth began to battle to hit the pictures that fell within the first half. Conserving his composure towards Dragic’s absolute BS hook and pull down within the fourth interval was a lot appreciated as properly. He ended with 20 factors and 11 rebounds.
Miami lastly received the Bam-Butler two-man recreation going. But it surely didn’t matter. The second interval was the primary time the Bucks weren’t in a position to disrupt Miami’s two stars on the offensive finish. They screened and re-screened repeatedly and received some passing stream going as they hit midrangers and lobs. That gave them some extra constant offense and opened up a number of completely different alternatives for the function gamers. A number of the deficiencies got here from Giannis and Portis making an attempt to navigate it themselves, however the Warmth had been additionally hitting their midrangers over Lopez much better than up so far. When these pictures began to collapse within the third, the Bucks compelled Miami to depend on function gamers. By the second half, that kind of offensive method began failing the Warmth with Milwaukee entering into its groove with the massive three. It was too little too late for Miami.
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- Pat Connaughton received the decision to interchange Donte DiVincenzo within the beginning lineup. Bryn Forbes got here in across the 7:00 mark to interchange Jrue Vacation as the primary sub.
- Brook Lopez led all Bucks scorers with 25 factors on 11-15 taking pictures. Oh yah, he additionally didn’t try a 3-pointer.
- We knew Bobby Portis would add some scoring punch to the staff this yr, however he’s completed a ddecent job at occasions this sequence studying the protection and discovering an outlet move when the Warmth strain him. He had an incredible dive into the paint and dish to Forbes within the first interval, even when Forbes didn’t pay it off.
- You don’t get loads of PJ Tucker within the dunker spot, however we received two completely different finishes for him within the first, one off an offensive rebound the opposite on a dish from Giannis.
- Jeff Teague received first quarter minutes on this one. He regarded fairly out of rhythm from the remainder of the staff offensively, however did assist create a stable look late within the first, hit a triple and fought round a choose for a contest on Herro. He ended at simply 5 minutes total.
- Bryn Forbes met Jimmy Butler at hte apex of the rim within the second quarter…and got here away the victor.
- Bud began Vacation on Butler defensively to begin the second half, possible as a consequence of Giannis having three fouls. That put Connaughton on Dragic, which clearly wasn’t very best. Fortunately, the Warmth couldn’t discover a technique to exploit that matchup within the early phases of that interval.
- Main credit score to Mike Budenholzer for using his expertise to roundly surpass something Spo needed to throw at him. Conserving two of his greatest gamers on the court docket at virtually all occasions was a large enchancment over final season, and he wasn’t messing round with the minute load. He stored his greatest gamers in till only a minute left, although the sport was out of hand. He went in with loads of questions, and nonetheless has loads of questions, however it was good to see him emerge with what must be a bit of excellent pub after this thumping.