It was like the Milwaukee Bucks were looking for answers, subscribed to The Lazy NBA newsletter (I wish), and took the advice given because they did exactly what was told in the previous Playoff issue.
The Bucks played a fantastic Game 5 and 6 without Giannis Antetokounmpo in the lineup, which resulted in Milwaukee defeating the Atlanta Hawks and punching their ticket to the NBA Finals. In a wild year of ups-and-downs throughout the season, the stage is now set for the Bucks and Suns to battle it out for the gold.
The Suns have never won a title in their 53 years of existence, while the Bucks won their one and only championship back in 1971. Either way, a long title drought will be coming to an end this July. There’s plenty at stake on the individual level as well, with Chris Paul chasing his first ring and would cement himself into the Hall of Fame, while Giannis is looking to come back from a knee injury to do the same.
Speaking of that knee injury, I’m sure Giannis will be back for Game 1, but I do have hesitation in how he will perform with that wound lingering around in his brain. I can’t wait for this series to begin, and my pick is the Suns in 6. Let me know who you got, as it’s a tough one to choose.
Game 1: Milwaukee at Phoenix, 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday (ABC)
Game 2: Milwaukee at Phoenix, 9 p.m. ET on Thursday (ABC)
Game 3: Phoenix at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. ET on Sunday (ABC)
Game 4: Phoenix at Milwaukee, 9 p.m. ET on July 14 (ABC)
*Game 5: Milwaukee at Phoenix, 9 p.m. ET on July 17 (ABC)
*Game 6: Phoenix at Milwaukee, 9 p.m. ET on July 20 (ABC)
*Game 7: Milwaukee at Phoenix, 9 p.m. ET on July 22 (ABC)
Catch you Thursday.