Bucks & Heat Repeat The Script From January

More emotion than usual hit the American Airlines Arena with the return of Dwyane Wade to the Miami Heat. Wade returns to the team that drafted him after 1.5 years away from the team in Chicago and Cleveland. Wade had a big block at the end of the game that helped seal the game for Miami. Bucks put out their worst effort offensively since last week against Minnesota as the Bucks fall 91-85 to the Miami Heat. This is Miami’s third straight win against Milwaukee this season, and it officially becomes a team that the Bucks do not want to see in the NBA Playoffs.

Third quarter turns into a disaster for Milwaukee
Like we talked about in the headline, this game played out very similar to the game in January. Both games featured a close battle in the first half, and then in the third quarter, Milwaukee went completely silent on offense. Bucks scored a grand total of eight points in the third quarter. To cue Harry Doyle, ‘Eight points all we got is eight goddamn points?’ Heat outscored Milwaukee by 22 points, and while Milwaukee made an admirable comeback in the fourth, it was not enough.

James Johnson and company has Giannis’ number
For awhile, James Johnson received the reputation of a LeBron stopper, and he should add Giannis’ stopper to his resume too. Antetokounmpo has not been able to crack the code against him. He did get hot in the fourth quarter with 15 points, but the Greek Freak didn’t score for two whole quarters. That’s not going to win many games for Milwaukee. Joe Prunty did not do a good enough job of creating opportunities for Antetokounmpo in a game where he didn’t have the ability to create.

Officials didn’t really have an idea how to control this game
Milwaukee dealt with a bad whistle in this game. Josh Richardson rocked Antetokounmpo in the face with a vicious elbow where a foul didn’t even get called. The emotion of the game with Wade back in Miami seemed to play into some of the officials’ whistle. It’s not the thing that beat the Bucks in this game, but this didn’t do the team any favors.

Next up
Milwaukee finishes up their four-game road trip in Orlando for a matchup with the Magic. We could see Nikola Vucevic back, and if that’s the case, it’s not a good sign for Milwaukee missing both John Henson and Jabari Parker who will be resting in this one. Eric Bledsoe and Giannis should have no problem getting to the tin with the weak Magic defense.


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