Bucks Stave Off Elimination and Lakers Tie Their Series

By: Frank Hyden

-The Milwaukee Bucks showed tremendous fight and staved off elimination yesterday with a 118-115 overtime win over the Miami Heat. They now trail 3-1 in the series. It’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that the Heat win the series, likely in the next game but the Bucks might push them to Game 6. They did this without Giannis Antetokounmpo, who aggravated his ankle injury early in the second quarter. I imagine that Giannis will miss the next game as well, they play tomorrow at 6:30PM EST. Everyone on the Bucks stepped up, especially Khris Middleton. He had 36 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists. The Heat were led by Bam Adebayo, who had 26 points, 12 rebounds, and 8 assists.

The biggest question for the Bucks is, where was this before Giannis got hurt? I don’t understand how some guys can get complacent or lazy because you play with a superstar, then when that superstar gets hurt, you turn it on and play so much better. I know there’s more opportunities but it’s not like Giannis is some selfish ballhog. I remember seeing this same thing with Vince Carter when he was with the Toronto Raptors and got hurt. They played well without and I remember wondering where this was when he was there? Even if you have a ball-dominant point guard or a guy who takes a lot of shots, there’s plenty of ways you can contribute. Setting screens, making cuts, off-ball movement, hustle, defense, rebounding, etc. There are plenty of other things you can do to help the team. Some guys have a tendency to stand around on offense when you have an Allen Iverson type, or a Giannis type, and expect them to bail you out. If they can beat the Heat without Giannis, they should be able to beat them with Giannis. I don’t know, I don’t get it.

-The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Houston Rockets 117-109 to even that series at 1-1. The Lakers got 28 points, 11 rebounds, and 9 assists from LeBron James and 34 points and 10 rebounds from Anthony Davis. The Rockets were led by James Harden with 27 points and Eric Gordon with 24 points. The Lakers came out in the first and took a big lead, then the Rockets came back in the third quarter to take the lead themselves, then the Lakers tied it and pulled away in the 4th. Game 3 is tomorrow at 9PM EST.

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