The Milwaukee Bucks drained an NBA-record 29 three-pointers in Tuesday’s 144-97 victory over the Miami Heat in South Beach. The Heat were without Jimmy Butler, who is resting an apparent ankle injury and his status for tonight’s game has yet to be determined.
Where We’re At
Well, after Milwaukee’s Sunday night loss to the Knicks, Tuesday’s victory over the Heat was quite the turnaround. Doesn’t it feel good to be on the right side of a three-point shooting performance?
Jrue Holiday is starting to become more comfortable operating as the alpha ball handler/defender for the Bucks and Donte DiVincenzo has been rock solid to start the season. Giannis Antetokounmpo is still struggling and trying to find his way offensively, but his teammates have picked up the slack, specifically by Khris Middleton. He has shouldered a lot of work offensively in the early going and has been efficient in doing so.
Milwaukee came away from Tuesday night’s pristine performance healthy and I have a hunch that head coach Mike Budenholzer and the Bucks will not be scheduling a “load management” game for any of their guns, particularly after they had a light workload on Tuesday.
You can see how Miami Heat fans reacted to the loss right here. Obviously having Jimmy Butler unavailable is a huge blow for them on both sides of the ball and they elected to have Tyler Herro run the offense last night. While Herro got his buckets, he is just not someone who can initiate offense for a team. The Heat are 1-2 in the early going, but I wouldn’t put much stock into that considering the fact that the Orlando Magic and Atlanta Hawks are 7-0 combined.
Miami is healthy but the status of Jimmy Butler for tonight is TBD. In addition to the two-way guys, Torrey Craig was the only other inactive Buck on Tuesday with a nasal fracture.
Player To Watch: Donte DiVincenzo
As stated earlier, Donte has been a steady force offensively as he is knocking down shots from inside and outside at a high clip. He’s 13-19 from deep thus far. There were many questions surrounding him and his future as a Bucks this offseason after a putrid performance in the bubble and the trade with the Kings falling through. However, this seems to have motivated Donte who has played an integral role on both sides of the floor for the Bucks. Let’s see if he can let the good times roll tonight.
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