And now it’s a best of three
If Game 7 is the highest stress level game in a playoff series, then a Game 5 when a series is tied at 2-2 might be second. That’s where the Milwaukee Bucks find themselves after defending homecourt and winning games three and four against the Phoenix Suns. Now we have a best of three series and the home team has won every match.
Where we are at
If Game three was the Bucks coming out party for the city, then Game four was the statement that this team can win a championship. Game four was a struggle to watch for Bucks fans for 3.5 quarters; Devin Booker was hitting every midrange, the Bucks couldn’t make any threes, it was a struggle and looked as though the Suns would sneak away with the win and a 3-1 lead. Then something spectacular happened, the Bucks got a few baskets, made some stops and walked away with a huge 109-103 win. Khris Middleton again showed up big in the postseason again for the Bucks with 40 points while Giannis had a 26 point, 14 rebound night and arguably one of the greatest plays in NBA history.
Not much more needs to be said and now the Bucks have to find a way to do something that no team has done this series and win on the road.
Phoenix will feel like this is an opportunity lost on their end especially after a special night from Devin Booker, who scored 42 points hitting every type of shot but a three. The Suns have gotten contributions from role players like Cam Johnson, Jae Crowder, and Mikal Briges and will hope that continues again. The usual players will not be available in Donte DiVincenzo and Dario Saric.
Player to Watch
Chris Paul has not had the best of games after his very impressive start to this series. In Game four, he had an uncharacteristic five turnovers while shooting 5/13 from the field. Jrue Holiday has made sure to make Paul’s nights miserable, but he still has the capability to turn the clock back and put on a vintage performance.