If the Bucks are to make another comeback in the supplement in the NBA Finals, they will have to beat not only the Suns, but history to do so.
Milwaukee, Who trails Phoenix 0-2 in Sunday’s game 3 At the Fiserv forum, they may also need more struggling superstars Khris Middleton and Giannis Antikonmo and from beleaguered coach Mike Budenholzer.
The Bucks are defeated, the Budenholzer is defeated, and if they don’t find answers quickly, they will all be kicked out.
In NBA history, only four teams have overcome the 0-2 deficit to claim the title: the 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers, the 2006 Miami Heat, the 1977 Portland Trail Blazers and the 1969 Boston Celtics.
Only 30 teams in history have overturned this kind of playoff gap, and only one team has done it twice in a single postseason: the Clippers this year. But that’s also the task before Milwaukee.
“We have to stay aggressive by going back to Milwaukee,” Antetokonmo said. “We’ve been here before. We know what the deal is. You just have to be aggressive, keep enjoying playing together, keep enjoying playing basketball. Hopefully our good habits all year round take over and we can put ourselves in a position to win the game.” .
No matter what we say, we know what the deal is. It’s that easy. We have to go home and do our job. They have done their job. We have to do our job. We’ve been here before and managed to get the job done.”
They got the job done by rallying against the doomed Nets, who lost Kyrie Irving to a sprained ankle and basically didn’t have James Harden in the first four games before coming back with a severe weakness in the last three. The Bucks then lost the opening game of the Eastern Conference Finals before returning again to beat the Hawks.
They took care of their court. “We have to find a way to do the same,” Middleton said. “It starts with the first one of them, though. We have to go out, be prepared and prepare for a fierce battle. We’ve been in this hole before. It won’t be easy, but we have to find a way to do it.”
The way is through Middleton by giving them more production.
Antetokounmpo had 42 points in Game Two on Thursday, but got a little help from Holiday and Middleton. The Bucks are a plus-4 in the 75:28 he played, but they’re amazing – 27 in 20:32 has sat.
Middleton fires only 40.5 percent overall and 6 for 18 out of a 3-point range. Despite Holliday’s always valiant defense, he hit only 31.4 percent and 1 for 7 from depth.
“Just keep talking to him, and keep telling him to be aggressive,” Antetokonmo said of Holiday. “No matter what happens, you have to stay aggressive and you can’t get into your feelings. It’s hard not to do: the NBA Finals, 20,000 people booing you and all that, it’s kind of hard. But at the end of the day, it’s not about It’s not about me. It’s not about him. It’s not about Khreis. It’s not about the coach. It’s about all of us.”
The Suns only held a total of 27 points – the same amount they scored in the Bucks’ Game 6 closing in Atlanta. He and Middleton will have to provide support for the Greek Freak.
“Just try to find that balance,” Middleton said. “At the same time, try to play through it when he’s rolling like that. When he sees a crowd, we should be able to help him.”
Budenholzer is a former NBA coach of the year, but a constant blow to him has been his lack of in-game adjustments, especially during the playoffs. This hit has gotten higher in this postseason.
The Nets’ Steve Nash has held off against Budenholzer despite being a rookie, and the Suns’s Monty Williams has outlasted him so far.
“We talked about it being a 0-0 series. We have to treat every game with a level of desperation and we can’t look at series numbers,” Williams said. Human nature forces you to do this, but our mentality is to play every game as if we came out of a loss. It served us well.”
An MRI scan on Suns striker Tori Craig’s right knee showed no structural damage, according to ESPN. It is day after day.