It didn’t take long for the teams to find the limits of the Bucks’ attack. Coach Mike Budenholzer has only one move to expand his squad and let Antetokounmpo break through the basket.
To counter the dangers of the Bucks, the opponents just need to push in the middle, stop the Greek superstar and let the opponent throw three points.
Even the East Orlando Magic eighth seed team understood this well. In the early game of the first round, they blocked the top seed team’s quick counter strengths by giving up the offensive rebound, cornering in the middle, and leaving the other pitchers alone. That simple tactic made Magic win the game, and the Bucks’ Brook Lopez was so restrained that he shot a chair.
Heat successfully stopped Giannis Antetokounmpo’s breakthrough
The quality of the players helped the Bucks crush Magic in the next four games, but that advantage was gone when they faced the Miami Heat. In the hands of coach Erik Spoelstra is a series of dynamic wingers who can put pressure on the pitcher right after stopping Giannis Antetokounmpo.
In all five semi-finals matches, there is no sign of captain Milwaukee Bucks finding a solution to the opponent’s defensive formula.
It is also true that the attack of the Eastern top team increasingly depends on the situation of holding the ball Antetokounmpo. 54.9% of the Greeks scored in the play-off round this year were breakthrough situations, up sharply from 48.8% last season.
Antetokounmpo could find better help in another NBA team
The more Giannis broke through, the easier it was for the opponent to catch and the more Milwaukee Bucks was deadlocked. Last year, the Bucks also had Malcolm Brogdon sharing the burden of dribbling, but the defender left on a free transfer in the summer of 2019.
East number one seed did not have enough salary funds to sign with Brogdon when spent $ 70 million for Eric Bledsoe, a good defensive player but a limited contribution to the attacking front.
The contract between Milwaukee Bucks and Giannis Antetokounmpo only 12 months left to expire. If they want to keep the Best Player of NBA 2019, the Bucks need to make a series of big changes, sacrifice satellites to bring in at least one true star, and find a coach with a seasoned play experience.