Eighteen points, standing ovations and applause from coach McMillan: “He gave us a shake from the bench, we had to serve him more”
In the end, Danilo Gallinari’s performance of great character is not enough. In these playoffs all colors have happened, the last one arrives when it is even a referee, Sean Wright, to cause Trae Young’s right ankle sprain in the final of the third period. With Young clearly limited in the final stage Atlanta fails to respond to Middleton’s extraordinary plays, he makes himself recover and has to raise the white flag.
“Gallo kicked us off the bench – underlines Atlanta coach Nate McMillan – he and Collins know how to exploit mismatches very well, we had to serve them more often. Obviously I am not surprised by Danilo’s production, he is a reliable player and he showed him throughout the season ”. The blue not only makes itself felt from the perimeter but is very good at recognizing the mismatches on the changes of the Milwaukee defense and at making the duty pay by going often and willingly in post. “We did a good job on the offensive level for most of the game but we had to defend better against Middleton in the fourth period – underlines Danilo Gallinari – we had to be more physical on him and maybe double him in the final as he had started to pick up pace in shooting. . As far as I’m concerned, I just tried to do my job, unfortunately it didn’t help as we lost in the end. Now we need to rest and focus on game-4. We found ourselves in the same situation against Philadelphia and we reacted well, without getting frantic, I’m sure the team will do better on Tuesday ”.
The match report
Eighteen points and four rebounds in 36 ‘of play for the blue who even received a standing ovation from the State Farm Arena when he returned to the bench to catch his breath 8’25’ ‘from the siren with the Hawks ahead by five lengths. Young’s ankle problem, however, ultimately limited Atlanta’s entire attack in the final minutes. “I don’t know how Trae felt – closes the Rooster – but I saw him limp. What if he doesn’t recover for Game 4? Unfortunately there have been many injuries in this postseason and we ourselves have never been able to count on the entire roster, we are used to playing in an emergency so if Trae misses the next game I am convinced that whoever replaces him will do very well anyway “.
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