Deputy Antetokounmpo in the first as a starter in the playoffs drives the audience crazy, Lopez wins the dunk festival. Williams, no night
The Milwaukee Bucks are one win from playing their first Finals since 1974. The 3-2 win in Game 5 against Atlanta in the series came without Giannis Antetokounmpo, injured like Young, the main opposing star. The other Bucks have soared their yields. If from Middleton and Holiday, in the team of the US national team that will play in Tokyo, in search of Olympic gold, it was reasonable to expect it, the super performances of Brook Lopez and Bobby Portis were unexpected and decisive. The Hawks have lapsed into ancient sins, conceding 123 points and 50.5% from the field to their opponents, but they also betrayed on offense with a couple of key players, Williams and Huerter. Bogdanovic’s 28 points, found on a physical level, and Gallinari’s 19 ‘in 23’ were not enough to avoid a clear defeat. Here are the Tops and Flops of the match played at the Fiserv Forum, in Wisconsin.
The 33 points are his highest of the season, and of career in the playoffs. He shoots 14/18 from the field, putting on a dunk festival. In the season of the consecration of Jokic and Embiid, he, after Ayton, “risks” being the center that drags the team to the Finals. In defense he places 4 blocks and adds 2 steals. The best on parquet. And it wasn’t foreseen by the script …
At the first start in the quintet ever in the playoffs, just to replace the unavailable Antetokounmpo (left knee), who saw the whole game on the bench “changed” and standing, and does not seem very far from a return, he places 22 points, its maximum in the post season. Then 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, above all an inexhaustible energy. And those crazy eyes, Crazy Eyes, which thrilled his audience, who praised him relentlessly.
This time, old Sweet Lou broke the game. 5 assists and 6 turnovers. If you think that the Bucks have accumulated just 8 as a team … it does not turn the Hawks offense as a playmaker and a substitute in Young’s quintet (right foot). And then the usual telepass is confirmed in defense.
In fact, he won the comparison with Williams. 25 efficient points (9/20), especially 13 assists and only 2 turnovers. He triggered Lopez under the basket again and again. He forced very little as an inspirer and in defense he was beaten as always, more than ever.
Perhaps it is ungenerous to place him in the dock for the defeat of Coach McMillan’s boys. He’s not even 23 years old… But he shoots 3/12 from the field, never goes to the line, and to win Game 5 Atlanta would have needed to score a boat of points, from the house specialty. His were missed.
The Bucks’ season record without Giannis was a measly 6-5. Here, he thinks about improving it, assuming the responsibilities of the first offensive terminal. You take 20 shots, score 26 points. It adds 13 rebounds and 8 assists. Sumptuous performance, playing 45 ‘, practically never taking a breath.
2 July – 07:25
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