The Bucks came into this one in the lead by a score of 3-1 in their first round series. But this didn’t tell the whole story, not by a long shot. The first two games were really close it could easily have been a 2-0 Chicago lead but it went level to game three at 1-1. Milwaukee main man took his time to warm the series but his 33 points and 9 rebounds propelled them through against a tricky Bulls side. Chicago after a hot start to the regular season , faltered late to finish 6th thus the top draw first round series. DeRozan had a subdued match, 11 points 2 rebounds. Bucks routed the Bulls in the first Q taking a lead of 16 in Q2. Giannis the King of the paint as per usual. Watch 6-4 Bucks for the trademark shake drive to the bucket. Chicago simply had no answer for him, made worse that no double team on him making it so easy. Check out 10-7 Milwaukee. A much better tighter second Q with Chicago using their weapon on the paint Vucevic(19 points), 34-18 Bucks. The only way to get a lay up against a big guy like Giannis is probably to protect the ball, shield it like that.
I always wonder why players rush to make impossible passes even with the shot clock way in its double digits. Guess that comes with pressure being behind by 20. Patrick Williams who had an awesome match for Bulls with 19 points, attempting an impossible at 40-20 which was easily picked off by Matthews. Milwaukee half time lead at 18 points but encouraging signs from Chicago on the offensive tip. All hope of come backs quickly evaporated after another great start to Q3 from Bucks. The movement inside the arch was tremendous from the home team. Check out 66-55 Milwaukee. Just as the Bulls were starting to get ahead of steam, looking to cut the lead to single figures. Matthews with another steal. End of Q3 , Bucks were out of sight again. This play felt more like a nail in the Chicago coffin, Pat Connaughton, next best player after Giannis with 20 points nailing a down towner from the corner at 79-61 with shot clock at 2 seconds. The quick ball movement from my Carter , divine. Bucks will face Jayson Tatum’s Celtics in the Eastern Conference Semis in the quest to defend their world title.