The Milwaukee Bucks will look to try and leave Phoenix with a victory and even the series after losing Game One to the Phoenix Suns 105-118. Milwaukee always struggles in Game Ones, so why not another one to add to the list.
Where We’re At
So yeah, Game One didn’t go Milwaukee’s way in most aspects except their three point shooting (16-36 44.4%). The Bucks tried switching and zone drop, but Phoenix was able to find ways to exploit it. Whether it was a midrange jumper from Chris Paul and Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton getting points down low or Mikal Bridges/Cam Payne and the likes hitting timely threes, they had answers. The Suns looked like the more fresh team as they had a few extra days rest than Milwaukee and thrived from the free throw line, but the Bucks missed a lot of bunnies near the rim that left points on the floor. They were outscored 44-42 in the paint.
The big news on the injury front was Giannis Antetokounmpo no longer being listed in the injury report after hyperextending his knee last week and being a game time decision for Game One. Giannis looked good and even said himself there was no pain. For the Suns, Dario Saric is out after tearing his ACL in Game One.
Player to Watch
Brook Lopez was not having a good time on defense in Game One. He tried his best and contested a lot of shots, but they still fell and made plenty question what is the best defensive scheme to go with that doesn’t expose him as much. Lopez sat the majority of the fourth quarter as they went with Giannis at the 5, but Brook has found a way to still be effective on the court when things look grim for him. He only played 22 minutes but did shoot 3/5 from three which was a welcome sight.
Game 2: Against the Suns, Milwaukee will....
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