The Milwaukee Bucks aren’t finished quite yet.
After losing three straight games to the tough Miami Heat, they finally clawed one back 118-115 in an overtime thriller.
Giannis Antetokounmpo (19 PTS, 4 REB, 1 STL, 1 BLK) did his best to play through his ankle injury, but was only able to spend 11 minutes on the floor. He was extremely productive with those minutes, but unfortunately went down again in the second quarter. His screams of pain were hard to listen to:
Fortunately for the Bucks, Khris Middleton (36 PTS, 8 REB, 8 AST, 2 STL) was up to the monumental task of carrying his team against the Heat. He was the best player on the floor during the overtime period, scoring nine of his team’s 11 points.
Middleton said his star teammate’s injury galvanised the team:
The Heat will be disappointed, and probably a little surprised by the loss. They ran out of gas in the extra period, but still put up a good game overall. In their previous three wins, they scored 115 points twice and 116 points once. They hit the 115 mark again in Game 4, but didn’t get the result. If they continue to score this way, they’ll give themselves a chance at closing it out in Game 5.
It was the Heat who allowed a huge run in the fourth quarter this time, as they watched an eight point lead evaporate after a 12-0 Bucks run.
Bam Adebayo (26 PTS, 12 REB, 8 AST) and Duncan Robinson (20 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST) led the Heat in Scoring. Jimmy Butler (17 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST, 2 STL) didn’t have the greatest of games again, so he’s going to be looking to bounce back in Game 5.
Erik Spoelstra and the rest of the Heat will be wary though. They might still be up 3-1, and there’s a very good chance that Antetokounmpo doesn’t play at all in Game 5. However, getting a win after losing your best player is sure to motivate a team like the Bucks, especially as he showed leadership by trying his best to come back into the game, according to Adrian Wojnarowski:
After leaving Game 4, Giannis Antetokounmpo was encouraging the Bucks to tape up his right ankle and let him return — but he couldn’t plant or jump off the sprain, per sources. Around the Bucks, many didn’t expect he could play today. No one dares rule him out yet for Game 5.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 6, 2020
All I know is that I can’t wait for Game 5, which takes place at 6:30 AM on September 9 (Manila time).