The Milwaukee Bucks showed precisely why they’re one of the most dangerous teams in the NBA by comprehensively defeating the Miami Heat 4-0 in the first round of the finals.
Sweeping the Heat to love, they flexed their muscles emphatically to brush aside their adversaries. Led by their Greek superstar, Giannis Antetokpunmpo, who was immense going forward and excellent on the defensive end keeping Jimmy Butler pretty quiet, the Bucks were too much to handle.
Playing with tremendous collective spirit and a real togetherness, this was crucial towards them dominating on both sides of the ball.
It was also impressive how the Bucks offense produced against a solid Heat defence with their game plan that allowed Giannis to shine and get the shooters open. Getting some fine contributors alongside Giannis, the likes of Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday, Brook Lopez, Pat Connaughton and Bryn Forbes were vital in their win.
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When speaking after the series, Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer cut a delighted figure, but urged his team to remain focused. “We have a long way to go. It’s the first round of the playoffs. And I think there’s gotta be a humility, a humbleness, an attitude or a mindset to get better. We’ve advanced in the first round. Whoever we play next, we got to have a similar focus, a similar edge, willingness to play with each other, play together, all the things that we just did. It means nothing if we don’t keep doing it going forward.”
Set to face the star studded Brooklyn Nets next, they’ll be filled with confidence they can come out victors in this duel too.
Interestingly, the bookies have them rated third favourites at $5.50 behind the Nets ($2.75) and Utah Jazz ($4.50), which makes them a solid value bet for the punters.
Although they’ll face many challenges ahead in their quest to win the Championship, if they can keep their sparkling form up then there’s every chance they can turn their title dreams into a reality.