The little dip of your own Miss between two defenders. A fierce rejection of something that looked like clear two points for Raptors' center Mark Gasol. Another strong helmet after he was left alone under the basket.
"I think it's definitely a ton," said Antetokounmpo. "That's what I tried to do."
In a moment, the Bucks were disconnected and run away, controlling the action and never looking back while dismounting Toronto, winning 1
It's been a big deal for most of this season that the Golden State warriors, armed with their four All-NBA stars, will go to third and fourth. after five years. After the Warriors managed to send their bitter rival, Rockets, in Game 6 of the semifinals of the Western Conference in Houston without Kevin Durant and Demarcus Casins, that feeling became even stronger.
"It's time for this thinking
" We got MVP in our team, man, "Bucks said security guard Malcolm Broghdon told ESPN when he left the yard. "We have very good dudes in this team, a great coach … we win this year, man."
"I have great expectations for this team. " The same now
The raps have won 58 games this season, they have Kawhi Leonard and they still have the next two games that are going on in Toronto as they try to get back to it. Only 48 hours ago Toronto was leading after three quarters and it seemed as if he could steal the first game of this series and if Milwaukee gets to the NBA finals, Durant will probably 19659004] So, no, it's not a statement that Larry O'Brien Trophy is a Ming in Milwaukee, but it's a recognition that the idea of a 2019 Bucks title should no longer be looking for fantasy
For six months, all the Bucks have done roughly with the league, setting the best league 60-22 while doing it with an average victory that puts them among the best teams in recent memory. However, people wondered how Bucks would look when they faced rivals from the elite in the playoffs.
Once they were hopelessly dismantling Detroit Pistons in the first round, they were waiting to see what Boston Celtics would have helped. After a split in the first game of this series, Bucks moved through Celtics four times in a row.
Now that not only survived the unstable performance at Games 1 but also thrust Raptors from start to finish in Game 2, it's time to stop asking if these Bucks are real, but instead wonder why it took so long for everyone else to admit it.
In some ways, the doubts about these Bucks are extremely normal. The last time this franchise won a series of playoffs, Antetokounmpo was 6 years old and was living in Athens, Greece. Bucks have left the playoffs in the first round losing in three of the last four seasons, and only one player in their regular rotation – backup defender George Hill – has experience in the NBA finals.
Teams usually do not skip steps in the NBA playoffs. They certainly do not leap usually. That's exactly what Bucks seems to be doing.
Much of this is due to the presence of Antetokounmpo, who has passed from one of the brightest young talents of the game to probably the best player in the world. It was enough that before Bucks passed Raptors on Friday, the NBA announced its finalists for this year's Los Angeles awards, with Antetokounmpo finishing among them as the most valuable league player and defending player of the year.
This is his only ability to influence the game at both ends – he finished with 30 points, 17 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocks and theft in Game 2 – this makes him a single force, one
" I'm out of luck to have Janice, "Bucks coach Mike Budenholtzer said. "He's incredible, and then you're like," Wow, I think he can be even better. "
" It's a big part for Janice, he wants to be better. And we train him and we are on him, and we think he can do more, and he just takes it. It is so unique to have such a player who just wants to be great and feel that there is more. "
While Budenhallzer rated his star, the same feeling could be shared on the Milwaukee list. Appropriate that Budenholzer has been nominated as a finalist in the NBA Coach of the Year on Friday as his system built around the Antetokounmpo allowed this team to come out.
The same can be said for the general manager of the team, John Horst, who signed Ersan Ilyasova, Brook Lopez and Pat Connaughton last summer for a combined $ 12 million, then executed a pair of excellent interim deals to add Hill and Nicholas Mirotic .
All five of these players became key in the rotation of the Milwaukee play-offs. – the one who has stayed on stable nine players through the playoffs and has endured even more, supposedly deeper teams, has stood up against him.
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"It's amazing," said Antocunpu on the depth of Milwaukee. "It's so good to see the boys get into the game by mentally preparing, tune the whole team and just play hard." In this team, every day boys can climb. … This is the beauty of basketball. This is the beauty of our team that we trust each other. "
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In the corridors of the Fiserv Forum after the victory of Milwaukee Game 2, this feeling began Yes, the warriors are almost certainly on the horizon afterwards, with one of the largest collections of star power the League has ever seen – and with know-how of the Milwaukee championship and experience
What Bucks has is their resume: Bucks are the dominant NBA power throughout the season, destroying a ball that smashed almost everything that's on its way. Milwaukee has an incandescent star and a system that both fit perfectly into that star and is served by ideally suited parts. if Bucks passes to the NBA finals, they will have an edge over their home.
This is a formula that can produce this year's NBA champion, and it's time to start recognizing this as more than a fantastic proposition. Instead, this is a perfectly reasonable reality.