Barely the playoffs started that the Bucks must already face their first zone of turbulence. Victorious in the snatch of the Bulls in Game 1, they were this time overtaken by reality in Game 2, bowing to the teammates of a huge DeMar DeRozan (41 points).
To make matters worse, the defending champions lost Khris Middleton (knee) and Bobby Portis (eye) to injury during this meeting. Here they are now in a very bad position, having to go and recover the advantage of the field in Chicago, during Game 3 or during Game 4.
In the game, it is also anything but reassuring. Especially offensively, where Milwaukee’s offense has never looked so ineffective under Mike Budenholzer. Evidenced by their Offensive Rating of 100.0 after two games, as well as their 43% on shots, 32% at 3-pts, 65% on free throws and 18.0 bullet losses…
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself
In short, nothing is currently going for the Bucks on this side of the floor and Giannis Antetokounmpo prefers to take the lead, sounding the alarm and demanding that his team take more pleasure.
” I don’t feel like we’re having that much fun “, he regrets to begin with. ” I don’t know if we set our expectations too high, but if we don’t have fun, we can already go home. You have to play in a liberated way and you have to have fun. »
Less sovereign than before, despite an almost unchanged squad (but rarely complete), the defending champions are in the tough and, even if their defense holds up, their offensive difficulties are currently costing them too much in this series against to the Bulls.
” When you are open, you have to shoot, do not give the impression that the ball is heavy. It’s okay if we don’t score for six minutes. We must continue to defend, find solutions and adapt. Then we will finally manage to score “Explains Giannis Antetokounmpo, who averages 30 points, 17 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 blocks in this first round (54% in shots, 17% in 3-pts and 59% in throws).
Prevent the Bulls from piling up in the paint
In the end, the “Greek Freak” wants to focus on him and the players who are able to play, referring here to the uncertainty surrounding the Khris Middleton and Bobby Portis cases. Without neglecting, above all, this notion of “pleasure” which is still close to his heart.
” Don’t feel tense but sometimes that’s how I feel on the pitch “, first recognizes the MVP of the Finals in title, before recalling the most important thing in his eyes. ” We have to play and enjoy as much as we can, regardless of who is playing in Game 3 or not in Game 4. We just have to go out there and have fun. If we lose, too bad. If we win, great. »
And to win, Jrue Holiday is convinced that it will necessarily go through a better external address, against this Chicago team which is blocking its racket at all costs, in order to limit the influence of Giannis Antetokounmpo…
” I think it’s all about rhythm and timing “, adds the leader, in anticipation of the planned trip to Illinois. ” We had a lot of open shots, especially from the corners, and that’s the kind of shots we usually get. But I think it’s all about timing and spaces. [Les Bulls] settle in the paint, they pile in and we have to score our 3-point shots. »
Offensive Rating : estimation of the number of points scored by a team, out of 100 possessions.