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Why couldn’t the Bucks make it to the NBA play-off finals? (Part 2)

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.

Bucks could not make it to the NBA play-off finals

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.

Antetokounmpo could find better help in another NBA team

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.

Looking back at the three recent NBA Finals series in Miami Heat history

At the peak of the Miami Heat, there were four consecutive seasons in the NBA Finals, so it is impossible to underestimate the team of coach Spoelstra.

After a decade the Los Angeles Lakers finally returned to the NBA Finals, with the Miami Heat even taking six years to recreate it.

With tradition and top stars in the squad, the Lakers are the better-rated team, but in the past decade coach, Spoelstra’s army has been an undesirable name. Let’s take a look at five times the Miami Heat has entered the NBA Finals, including four consecutive seasons.

NBA Finals 2011/12

LeBron James has lost twice in the NBA Finals, so he set a great deal of determination in the 2011/12 season to win the first championship of his career. The Miami Heat reached a 46/20 record before facing OKC in the final series.

The Miami Heat reached a 46/20 record

Oklahoma City Thunder then owned the big names of the current NBA such as Kevin Durant, James Harden, Russell Westbrook or Serge Ibaka, but they were a young team and quickly failed after 5 games.

NBA Finals 2012/13

Owning a set of 3 LeBron James – Dwyane Wade – Chris Bosh, Miami Heat also has a bright addition called Ray Allen, it is this star who has thrown the decisive throw in game 6 thereby creating a comeback period for the red army.

LeBron James won the championship for 2 years in a row and both received the Finals MVP title with excellent performances.

NBA Finals 2013/14

It was the last season LeBron James played for the Miami Heat before returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers, and in all four years, he took his team to the final match. However, Kawhi Leonard helped the Spurs have sweet revenge with a 4-1 victory. The Big3 era ended after LeBron left.

NBA Finals 2019/20

When the game was not yet taking place, all the judgments were only predictive, LeBron James was a major contributor to the four consecutive seasons of his appearance in the Finals of the Miami Heat, but now he appears in a new shirt to match. head with his old team.

Lakers is a team with big stars and seasoned experience, in contrast, the Miami Heat is a young team built with solidarity. Between red and yellow, between experience and youth, Lakers vs Heat promises to bring an attractive Final series.

Why couldn’t the Bucks make it to the NBA play-off finals? (Part 1)

Two years in a row with the best record of the main season, but the Milwaukee Bucks failed to compete for a ticket to the play-off final because it refused to change the game.

Superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo won the title of Best Player NBA 2019 and is likely to successfully defend the title this season. But that was not enough to bring the Milwaukee Bucks to the Larry O’Brien trophy. They lost to the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern final last year before being defeated by the Miami Heat in this year’s regional semi-finals.

It was an unacceptable result for the team with the best results of the main season in both years. Even the Bucks are leading in both attack and defense stats this season. So what caused them to go astray in the playoffs?

In just 20 short seconds, Draymond Green described every problem Giannis Antetokounmpo faced. It was also the problem that previous MVPs like James Harden and Russell Westbrook faced over the years – a period where Green and his Golden State Warriors team reached the NBA final five times in a row, winning three championships.

According to Green – the best defensive player in NBA 2017, the teams competing for the championship do not feature satellites around Antetokounmpo, including Khris Middleton, Brook Lopez, and Eric Bledsoe.

That means that the Bucks have no second attacking option besides the Greek superstar. In the play-off round, few teams succeed with only one star, because many stars mean that the opponent will have to spread the defense front.

Khris Middleton could not do well with Antetokounmpo

Milwaukee Bucks lost three consecutive games in the Eastern semi-finals, but coach Mike Budenholzer made no changes to reduce the pressure on Antetokounmpo. The same thing happened in the regional finals last year when the Toronto Raptors captured a star born in 1994 and won four games in a row.

While the Wisconsin football team broke record after record in the main season, they seem to have forgotten to have to build options B for the play-off phase, where half-court battles and clock 24. The seconds go better than quick counter-attacks – which the Bucks do best in the tournament.

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