Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks must make progress in the third game to beat the Nets

With 2.1 seconds left in the third game between the Bucks and Nets on Thursday, Brooklyn has the opportunity to drag the game into overtime. Fortunately for Milwaukee, Kevin Durant’s desperate three-pointer Bounced from the rear edge and fell to the ground safely, allowing the fans in the Fiserv forum to exhale.

After the Bucks won and narrowed the Nets’ lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals to 2-1, ESPN’s Mike Brin announced that they were back in the series. But for the Hall of Fame announcer, this seems a bit premature.

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Because, really, the Bucks shouldn’t win with a final score of 86-83, and the third game shouldn’t be boiled down to the final possession.

Mike Budenholzer’s team was vigorous from the start, leading 30-11 at the end of the first quarter. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton each scored 15 points in the opening game. (They accounted for 68 of Milwaukee’s 86 points, tThe duo has the highest score In the history of the NBA playoffs. ) This is exactly what the Bucks need their star to respond to after the Nets embarrassed the Bucks in Game 1 and Game 2.

However, the bad habit of losing money before is back. Milwaukee was isolated by Brooklyn’s blockbuster plan instead of moving, passing and screening. Antetokounmpo had 33 points and 14 rebounds, and made too many three-pointers. The Nets are obviously happy to let the “Greek Freaks” do their best (worst?) Stephen Curry’s imitation.

“I think in the first quarter, [Antetokounmpo] In attack mode. I think the spacing is better for us,” Budenholzer says During his post-match media availability period. “We got 30 points, and then from there, it was a fierce game. So Giannis must constantly find his place, and he can do the second action, the third action. He will continue the game and make the right Decide and play for his team.”

The Bucks also benefited from the Nets’ uncharacteristically bad shooting night, especially considering that Milwaukee is often content to stick to its shooting plan and allow Brooklyn to watch the rim cleanly.

Kevin Durant scored a total of 30 points, but he shot 11 of 28 from the field. Kyrie Irving scored 22 points and made 9 of 22 shots. Perhaps the biggest surprise was Joe Harris, who led the league with 3 points in the regular season, shooting 1 of 11 from the field and 1 of 7 three-pointers. If there are only a few shots, the Bucks will be staring at an insurmountable 3-0 hole.

“It’s really simple. It’s shooting,” Durant says“I think we look good. We entered the paint. We made extra passes. We just [didn’t] Shooting. Sometimes this is the name of the game. “

However, Milwaukee’s strong closing is indeed commendable. Middleton (35 points, 15 rebounds) and Jue Holiday (9 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds) performed well in the game. It is worth noting that these key points come from some actual half-court actions or transitions against unset defenses.

As Antetokounmpo told reporters After the third game, “a victory is a victory”, and the Bucks did not receive additional honors because of their style. But Milwaukee can’t expect to rely on opponents’ inconsistent execution and abnormal shooting performance to truly compete with Brooklyn. The Bucks achieved a victory-the real challenge begins now.

“At the end of the day, when you play a basketball game and win the game, you enjoy [it]. But I think we can play better,” Antetokounmpo said. “We can play better. We can play faster. We can play more together. “

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