The Phoenix Suns booked their ticket to the NBA Finals last night, so all the attention has been shifted towards the Eastern Conference Finals. With the series tied at two games apiece, Game 5 in Milwaukee will feel a little different tonight, as both teams will be missing their superstar players.
Trae Young from the Atlanta Hawks strangely injured his foot with a bruised bone while stepping back onto an umpire’s shoe is labeled questionable for tonight’s matchup. While Giannis Antetokounmpo from the Bucks hyperextended his left knee in Game 4. The slightly good news for the Bucks is that Giannis reportedly had no ligament damage to his knee, but he’s unfortunately been ruled out of tonight’s game, and his status beyond that is up in the air.
In Game 4, the Hawks showed us how they could win without Trae Young, and they dominated the game as a team. The win could have been due to the shockwaves with Giannis going down with an injury, but the Hawks’ game plan was rock solid and proved that they are still dangerous without Young. But now, it’s Milwaukee’s turn..
So how will the Bucks play without their superstar Greek Freak? It’s simple, do the same thing Atlanta did previously. As Young was sidelined, Atlanta’s game plan was to space the floor and become more of an evenly balanced team. Everyone got involved, including Lou Williams, who scored a team-high 21 points, while six other Hawk players scored in double digits.
But Atlanta is a team that’s jam-packed with offensive players. The Bucks struggle with their offense, so it will be pivotal for all Milwaukee players to step up and try and get themselves into double-digit points. Game 5’s are forever crucial, so let’s see where this series goes after tonight.
Catch you Monday.