The Milwaukee Bucks had a tough day, but managed to survive in overtime with a 109-107 win over the Miami Heat to take a 1-0 series lead in this Eastern Conference First Round matchup.
All I have to say is: Milwaukee made that way too hard. Khris Middleton bailed out Giannis Antetokounmpo and Mike Budenholzer. I know it’s not popular to criticize the Greek Freak because he’s such a good guy and he’s so good at so many elements of the game, but he has to be better at shooting free throws if this team will ever have a realistic chance at winning a title.
The other thing that bothered me was on the final play of regulation when Jimmy Butler tied the game at the buzzer, there was ZERO help defense from Brook Lopez!
Budenholzer on the other hand makes it very easy to criticize him. You see your star player being guarded tightly in the corner with no open passing lane to a teammate, maybe bail him out by calling one of your two timeouts with less than 15 seconds to go, when he’s struggled enough at the free throw line. Just a thought.
Not too mention Bud’s defensive scheme allows opponents to hit 15+ three-pointers on a regular basis.
Having said all that, there was a brief moment when Giannis could have passed to Brook Lopez when Giannis was near mid-court before getting fouled.
Miami shot 20-for-50 from 3-point range and 15-of-19 at the free throw line.
The Bucks, well, their shooting numbers are not pretty. Milwaukee was 5-for-31 (16.1%) from 3-point range and 20-for-33 (60.6%) from the free throw line.
Milwaukee also committed 17 turnovers and only had 15 bench points.
The Bucks could have sealed the deal SEVERAL times in the final two minutes of regulation had they, you know, made free throws.
The Jrue Holiday investment took exactly one playoff game to payoff. Without Holiday, the Bucks don’t win today.
Holiday scored 20 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and three steals.
The Bucks and Heat will play game 2 on Monday, May 24. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:30 PM (Central Time) and will be televised on TNT.