Things haven’t been going well for the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA Playoffs this year. They’re having difficulty finding a way to stop the Miami Heat, who have been turning up the pressure every time they hit the court. Game 4 tonight will give Milwaukee a chance to find redemption, but it won’t be an easy task.
Bucks Looking For A Miracle
In Game 3, the Bucks were defeated with a score of 121-99, knocking them down to 1-2 in the series. Milwaukee’s performance in the game included a 44.7 FG percentage and 15 out of 39 shots beyond the arc. However, they struggled defensively as the Heat were allowed to shoot at a 53.6% rate on 45 out of 84 shots.
The Heat greatly benefit from the presence of Jimmy Butler in the current series. He showcased an impressive performance in the last game, with 30 points earned within his 28 minutes playing time, while managing to score 63.2% of his attempted shots with 12 out of 19 successful attempts. However, an injury in Saturday’s game could haunt him tonight.
Tyler Herro, the starting guard of Miami, will be absent for 4-6 weeks due to a broken hand that he sustained during Game 1. Later in Game 3, the team lost another valuable player, Victor Oladipo, due to an injury in his left knee that put an early end to his season.
The Bucks could be able to recover Giannis Antetokounmpo. He’s been dealing with a back injury, but is reportedly getting better. His return would make a huge bonus for Milwaukee, especially with the Heat’s injury absences. Milwaukee is going to find the redemption it desperately needs in tonight’s game.
Lakers Move Out In Front
The Los Angeles Lakers won Game 3 of the series and took a 2-1 lead. Now, the objective of the roster is to add another victory and ensure the field factor achieved in Game 1. For now, Anthony Davis and LeBron James are carrying the offensive weight of the team, both standing out for the experience they have in playoffs.
The Memphis Grizzlies are down heading into this fourth matchup of the playoff after losing 111-101 on Saturday night. They’re going to have to fight for a victory that allows them to get back into the series. Of course, to achieve this task, Ja Morant is going to have to step up.
The Lakers had an overall field goal percentage of 45%, and only made seven out of 28 shots from beyond the 3-point line. However, their victory was solely attributed to their initial try during the quarter, as they limited the Grizzlies to a mere nine points, giving them an edge. The Lakers’ lead with 29 points was challenged by a series of last-minute shots from the Grizzlies’ Ja Morant, making the final score appear commendable.
The Lakers have been a dynamic and effective team in their attack for two months, while the Grizzlies are a combative squad but very irregular in its actions. A lack of experience this deep in the season is showing, and Memphis will continue to have problems. The Lakers take this game to continue recovering from last season’s performance.
Round Four Stage Set For Tuesday
Tomorrow will see several games that could decide their series. The Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets and Phoenix Suns are all 3-1 and ready to close out their battles.
Boston has been dominant against the Atlanta Hawks, despite a strong Hawks defensive stand, and the Nuggets have pulled away against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Suns are on a roll after giving up Game 1 to the LA Clippers and are looking at the finish line.