The Milwaukee Bucks played it all last night at the Fiserv Forum in the capital of Wisconsin. If they lost they went to the beachIf they won, they would return to New York to play Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Brooklyn Nets. The locals won and they did it with an undeniable authority in the match, which they took by 104-89 to place 3-3 in the tie.
The response from key Milwaukee players, between a rock and a hard place, was forceful and convincing. Khris Middleton led the contest with 38 points, his highest score in a playoffs., 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Its efficiency was essential to Mike Budenholzer’s ensemble, which also featured the motivation and ferocity of his MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The Greek ended with 30 points, 17 rebounds and 3 assists, and his last room was for framing. Anteto underlined the local triumph with a tremendous rebound accompanied by a powerful mate that closed a partial of 14-0 (96-77) in the equator of the period definitive that scared away any ghost of defeat.
Shortly before, the Nets had made their best bet with a 0-10 run who put the game in a 5-point handkerchief (82-77) a couple of minutes before, but the Bucks’ response was blunt after leading the game from start to finish.
Kevin Durant, hero of the fifth game, he stayed last night in more modest numbers, although for him that equates to the excellence of the rest. Their 32 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists were of little use to Brooklyn, which also featured the best game of a James harden who just started to get into rhythm in the tie with 16 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals ball.
Except Blake griffin, author of 12 points and 6 rebounds, no other visiting player reached double digits. “Today we have not been well in attack, we have been lacking rhythm and out of sync”, valued Steve Nash. “Now it’s about how we respond to this.”
The lack of help to the two stars and the Kyrie Irving down made a dent last night in Nash’s strategy, who at times had to restrain himself from taking Joe harris track. Your confidence and presence are essential to these Nets if they want to forget about Game 6 and turn the page on the seventh, which will be played on Saturday at a time to be determined.
Mike budenholzer, in the past very strict with the timing of its staff, it was released a lot last night before the dichotomy that the crash presented: only used six players in the rotation and the bet was worth it. Jrue Holiday, 43 minutes, was the third Bucks player over 40 minutes (Middleton and Anteto the other two) and the one who played the most last night, captaining the victory with a lucid game of 21 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals despite his failures from the perimeter (1-10 3P).
The poor aim of both teams –7 of 33 for Milwaukee and 9 of 30 for Brooklyn– nullified the outside shot as a relevant factor and allowed the Bucks to play what they know best: defense and counterattack. Milwaukee ran at ease and was able to show off excellent form in the victory, opening 26-19 in the first quarter and leaving. at half time with a +11 advantage (59-48). The Wisconsin franchise took the duel against the cons, with a devastating 26-4 partial on quick transition plays last night.
PJ Tucker, the Bucks hound dog, scored just one basket last night and left his statistics practically deserted with 3 points, 5 rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block. His game reminded that not everything is statistics, since your net valuation went through the clouds up to +30.
Anteto, Middleton and company they know what works and what doesn’t against these Nets, favorites for the title but attacked by the most devastating virus of the season, injuries. The future of both franchises now hangs on the seventh game, as always a guaranteed show within the magic formula of the NBA playoffs.