Cleveland Cavaliers fell one step short, falling into the hands of the mighty Milwaukee. Lebron James with 39 points was worth nothing but a bitter defeat.
What could've gone wrong for the Cavs? Or maybe it's just the Bucks finding the right mix for an impeccable chemistry?
1. Cavs too slow to come back?
Bucks swallowed the Cavs whole in transition basket. Scoring 24 fast break points while Cavs with only 3.
Yes, the Cavs had delivered well in terms of plays but in transition where high defensive vulnerability is present, that is where things got rough for Cleveland. They could not match Bucks' pace led by the Greek Freak with 27 points.
2. Greek Freak not Alone Anymore
In most games, Giannis frequently scores above 30 points yet Bucks loses. So what's with a winning 27 point performance?
The Greek Freak didn't fight alone against the Cavs. A small guy in the name of Eric Bledsoe helped him with 26 points. In fact, 4 of 5 starters finished with double figures.
Khris Middleton with a double-double of 18 points 10 assists to help Bucks slip past Cavs.
3. Cavs wasn't expecting Bucks as a team
With a misleading anticipation that the biggest problem would be Antetokounmpo, they somehow got him under control but left so many spots open for the rest of the Bucks to deliver.
Milwaukee is a good team with Giannis but a great team which could destroy powerhouses with the rest of the team supporting the Greek Freak.
Cleveland, on the other hand, fell another step back on their race to chase and take away Boston's spot on the top.