The coach changes Atlanta so that he does not suffer from the absence of the injured Trae Young. Milwaukee number 2, hero of the third game, cue again
Again in a draw. Atlanta surprises Milwaukee by winning 110-88 race-4 even without Trae Young and leading the Eastern Conference finals to 2-2, which continue with race-5 at the Bucks home at 2.30am on the Italian night between Thursday and Friday. Match marked by the absence of Trae Young and the injury of Giannis Antetokounmpo, who came out in the third quarter with hypertension in his left knee: here are the tops and the flops.
Immortal. Does Atlanta need a scorer with Young out? Here Sweet Lou, starter in the playoffs for the first time in his illustrious career, finds the magic touch he brings out on the best occasions and becomes unstoppable with 21 points and 7/9 from the field. He struck a sequence of heavy baskets from the start, always finding ways to punish the mistakes of Milwaukee’s careless defense. But he’s not just a scorer, he’s also a valuable guide to his 8 assists and leadership. If Williams is this … Who draws?
Found again. Finally healthy after playing on one leg, Bogdanovic plays his best game of these playoffs, hitting the apex in the third quarter in which he slips 12 points fueling the 15-0 after Giannis’ injury on which Atlanta builds the good escape . He shares the tasks of alternative point guard with Williams due to the absence of Young, closing with 20 points and 6 triples on target. Determinant.
Coach McMillan: top
Masterpiece. He is the real secret of these Hawks, which he has transformed since he took over as head coach in early March. This match is another demonstration of his prowess in motivating this team. It would have been easy to get lost without Young, instead the Hawks transforms from the support band to the soloist Trae to a wonderful collective capable of making up for the lack of a leader as a team. He pulls players like Redish and Dunn out of the hat, who have previously played little, and turns them into important cogs in his near-perfect machine. Chapeau.
Abulic. He is the stand-in for the hero of Game-3, instead resembling the one who struggled in the first two games before remembering he was a hero. His problems (16 points and 6/17 shooting on the scoresheet) begin well before Giannis leaves the scene, but after the Greek’s injury he fails to be the level point that the Bucks would need. You can’t be in alternating races: Middleton seemed to have understood this, but this is a step backwards. Postponed.
Missing in action. Where did the exceptional Jrue Holiday of the first two games go, the one who, in addition to containing Young in defense, scored at will, also helping in attack. The assists are not lacking (9), but as already happened in game-3 he fails to level up in attack (19 points with 6/17 shooting). And without Young to focus on, even on defense he isn’t as effective as ever. To be rediscovered.
Amazing. McMillan found him in race-2 after a 4-month break, he gave him minutes without too much conviction, just to make him taste the field again, so much so that in race-3 he kept him out. Young’s injury forces Atlanta to review everything, and Reddish is ready to play a leading role starting from the bench, finishing with 12 points in 24 ‘and showing the coach that he can be useful. Exam passed.
June 30 – 10:03
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