With 2.1 seconds remaining in Thursday’s game, the Nets had an opportunity to send the game into overtime. Luckily for Milwaukee, Kevin Durant’s desperation three-pointer went in and out, saving the spectators in Fiserv Forum from having to breath loudly.
After the Bucks sealed the victory, ESPN’s Mike Breen announced that they were right back in the series. But about the Hall of Fame announcer, it’s premature to say.
Game 3 didn’t really matter, and the Bucks should not have won by a final score of 86-83.
Mike Budenholzer’s team raced out to a 30-11 advantage before the end of the first quarter. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton both scored 15 points in the first quarter. They accounted for 68 of Milwaukee’s 86 points, a historic percentage of points shared by a pair. After getting ridiculed in Games 1 and 2, the Bucks needed this response from their stars.
However, these unhealthy habits have returned as well. The Bucks’ lack of ball movement contributed to their problems against the Nets’ switch-heavy defence. Carmelo Anthony (33 points, 14 rebounds) didn’t take many pull-up 3-pointers. They happily allowed the “Greek Freak” to duplicate Stephen Curry’s abysmal performance.
“I believe in the first quarter, he was attacking me. “I believe the spacing improved,” said Coach Budenholzer after the game.”We earned 30 points, and then from there, it was a little bit of a slugfest. It’s up to Giannis to take a slew of second and third actions. He’ll keep making good decisions and playing for his team.”
Milwaukee also benefited from a subpar Nets shooting night, considering the Bucks stuck to their drop strategy and allowed Brooklyn open looks at the basket.
KD had 30 points, but he went 11 of 28 from the field. Kyrie Irving scored 22 points and shot 9 of 22 from the field. Joe Harris’ unexpected (at least, perhaps) success in the 3-point percentage category was certainly a surprise. Those shots might provide the Bucks with a 3-0 hole in the series.
“It was simple. Durant stated that he was simply playing basketball. “I think we have good looks.”We reached the painting. We ran another play. And we just missed the shots. At times, that’s how it’s done. ”
Milwaukee should be commended for its excellent closing. Mike and Jrue both came through in the clutch for the team. In genuine half-court or transition action, those vital points were made.
The Bucks would not be any more praised for their on-court styling if they had won. However, it can’t hope to fully compete with Brooklyn by relying on poor execution and outlier shooting performances from its opponents. They’ve only managed one win, but now the hard work begins.
“At the end of the day, winning a basketball game makes you happy. “We can play better, but let’s play better,” Antetokounmpo said.Let’s play quickly. “Let’s play some more.”