LeBron James had 30 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists to lead the Miami Heat to another easy win over the Milwaukee Bucks, 88-77. The win completes a first-round sweep for the Heat and sends the Bucks stumbling into an offseason full of questions. Ray Allen hit four 3-pointers off the bench and finished with 16 points while Chris Bosh scored 10 points and blocked 4 shots. Dwyane Wade was a game-time decision due to a knee injury, but he sat out the entire contest.
The Bucks got 21 points, 8 assists, and 5 rebounds from Monta Ellis, but he needed 20 shots to get there and turned the ball over 6 times. Mike Dunleavy had 17 points and 5 rebounds off the bench. But the most notable line comes from Brandon Jennings, not because of his poor play for the third-straight game (3 pts, 1-7 FGs, 1 ast, 2 TOs), but because of where he spent most of the second half: the bench. After exiting the game with just under 3 minutes to play in the 3rd quarter, Jennings never reentered the contest. Headlines strewn about the floor in here.
Once again, the game remained puzzlingly close for through 3 quarters as the Bucks trailed by 4 at halftime and 5 after 3 quarters. And once again the Heat took control in an instant and never threatened to give the game away, despite the absence of one of their stars. The Bucks got a good game from one (count it, ONE) player, with Ersan Ilyasova (8 pts, 3-13 FGs) and J.J. Redick (10 pts, 0-3 3PT FGs) struggling to score and nobody putting up much of a fight on defense.The Heat attempted 26 mostly wide-open 3s, and on a typical night would've burned down the BMOHBC from behind the arc.
All that's left for the Bucks is a short period of reflection and plenty of work to do. The three main backcourt players could all be gone after this season and the frontcourt, while talented, needs sorting out. The coaching situation needs to be resolved, and the Bucks shouldn't waste any time getting started.
Let the fun begin?