The Milwaukee Bucks have lost game one of the series for the second consecutive series. This time it was to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals by a final of 115-104.
The Bucks couldn’t keep Jimmy Butler off the free throw line and then he got whatever he wanted to close out the game. Butler finished with 40 points on 20 shots.
Khris Middleton finished with a team-high 28 points, but was held to just seven points in the second half on three made field goals.
Giannis Antetokounmpo was held to 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting, but the glaring stat is him going 4-of-12 at the free throw line.
The Bucks ended up shooting 14-of-26 (53.8%) at the free throw line and had 17 turnovers which led to 24 Heat points. Those numbers are not a recipe for success, especially in the playoffs.
I’m beginning to wonder if “Playoff Bud” is the Bucks biggest threat in the postseason. Just like the 2019 playoffs, his rotations at times are mind boggling.
Wesley Matthews who was having a solid game, played 23 minutes while Pat Connaughton (who I’m a fan of) played 25 minutes, not sure the logic from Bud on that.
Wesley Matthews didn’t play the final 4:58 of the game. Jimmy Butler scored 11 of his 15 fourth quarter points in the final 4:58.
The Bucks also really missed Bledsoe tonight who was a late scratch with hamstring issues. Bledsoe does a good job driving and kicking out and the Bucks needed someone other than Giannis to be able to have success at that tonight.
The turning point of the game to me was in the second quarter when the Bucks kept turning the ball over and allowed the Heat to get on a run and back into the game.
Also, it would be nice if Giannis got the same calls that Butler does. I wouldn’t say Butler is a flopper, but the contact on him was a lot less than contact on Giannis.
Game Two of the series will be on Wednesday at 5:30 PM (CT) and will be aired on ESPN.