Game 1 is now in the books, with the Suns holding home-court defeating the Bucks 118-105. It was our first glimpse of the Greek Freak back on the floor after his injury, and he looked better than expected. I must admit that this issue is a little late to be released, and Game 2 for the NBA Finals is already underway, but I’ll come back to that later.
The Bucks might be down 1-0 in the series, but Milwaukee has seen this all before. They lost the first two games to Brooklyn and lost those two games badly, but they came back to win 4 of the next 5 to win the series. Then in the Conference Finals, they lost Game 1 at home to the Hawks, then came back to win 4 of the next 5 to close the series out. So don’t think the series is over just yet.
After Game 1’s performance from the Suns, including Chris Paul’s stellar 32 points, paired with nine assists for his first Finals appearance, it’s hard to understand how the Bucks can get back into the series. Phoenix dominated all over the floor throughout the game, but one element for the Bucks that let them down was their free throws.
Usually, the Bucks allow one of the lowest free throw rates in the league, but the Suns’ shooters garnered plenty of trips to the charity stripe and delivered on an incredible 25-of-26. The Bucks were merely 9-of-16, and almost half of those attempts coming in the closing minutes by Giannis.
This email will undoubtedly hit your inbox during Game 2, but we all expect the Suns to continue to hold home court and head to Milwaukee 2 games up. It will be interesting to see where this series swings come Game 3.
Catch you Monday.