We are three games into the NBA Finals, and the first two were all about the Phoenix Suns. But the series has now landed in Milwaukee, and the Bucks played to their strengths to climb back into the Finals.
Milwaukee had waited 47 years to host an NBA Finals match, and the Bucks came out hard and strong against the Suns on Sunday night. They truly showed their opponent that they are the stronger, bigger team with a 120-100 victory and demonstrated to the world that this fight isn’t over.
Let’s pause and think about that little point. Can you imagine if the Bucks got rolled in Game 3, in Milwaukee, with the series 3-0 to the Suns? That would’ve never happened as the Bucks are too good of a team to be in a deep hole like that, and they took care of business in their controlled environment back at home. Giannis Antetokounmpo was magnificent once again, who scored 42-points in Game 2 and followed it up with 41 in Game 3. But Milwaukee doesn’t win games just from the Greek Freak putting up huge numbers. It’s his supporting cast that lets him down as they did in Games 1 and 2. But on Sunday, the team was there to help their superstar out, especially Jrue Holiday. He hit four critical three-pointers in the third and finished the game with 21 points and nine assists.
Milwaukee’s saving grace has been their home court. In each series against the Nets and Hawks, it’s their home crowd and confidence at home that gives them their ability to get back into series as they have throughout this postseason. But let’s not get too excited; the Bucks just held home court, as the Suns did back in Phoenix. Game 4 will be it. If the Suns win, it’s nearly impossible for the Bucks, but it might be a seven-game series if they keep holding home court.
Catch you Thursday.