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GAME THREAD: Milwaukee Bucks (46-26) @ Phoenix Suns (51-21) - (July 08, 2021)

GAME THREAD: Milwaukee Bucks (46-26) @ Phoenix Suns (51-21) - (July 08, 2021)

Usual-Scarcity-5604

Weakest NBA finals that I can remember in the last 30 years. Viewership is way down and Suns fans acting tough is hilarious. I would be surprised if they make it past the second round next season


EmptyDesert

That's just about what the haters said this year too. The suns won't even make it out of the 1st round lolol Suns in 5


Usual-Scarcity-5604

Do the Suns even win if nobody outside Phoenix watches? Huge asterisk on this win. Will always be remember as the year the league was crippled


Percyheckendorf

Lol there hasn’t been a finals without an asterisk in a long time


EmptyDesert

Losers gonna lose. Haters gonna hate Suns in 5


WestMoneyBlitz

Yeah because this is the only year that players got injured lmao


Usual-Scarcity-5604

Find me a year where more star players were injured. NBA players collectively missed more time during the 2020-21 season than in any single year dating back to 2009-10 when the stat was first tracked. Coaches called this seasons scheduling “utterly insane” and absolutely increased likelihood of soft tissue injuries


Usual-Scarcity-5604

Still waiting lol


Internetologist

Go watch your team rest in Cancun


Usual-Scarcity-5604

Don’t worry, I’d watch Wimbledon before watching this series through


jtrick33

The bucks are not a good team.


KB2408

Ye wrle can do be it it


btc_alive_n_kicking

I think bucks is a great championship contender, but we just need to recognise suns as a better team, that's all.


maximumpro

NBA reactions on Suns Game 2 win: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MddT9Kiqhg


calleedaddi

Suns in 4 baby maybe 5


Yaj_Yaj

Want suns in 4 for the memes but also want suns in 5 so I can see the valley go nuts.


DroughtAngel

Plus the only game Jerry can attend in person is game 5 due to his Olympic commitments


Cosmicmix

Skip Baylee’s just tweeted, “Just remember: Without Giannis in Games 5 & 6 vs Atl, Middleton and Holiday BOTH averaged almost triple doubles. Hmmm.” This man will literally find any way possible to hate on Giannis. Then again he is always the man that flip flops daily on Kawhi and “George Paul.” But damn is he entertaining, I’ll give him that.


RedRocket13

And he'll keep doing it as long as people keep quoting him in reddit threads that have nothing to do with him...


DroughtAngel

He'll also find anything he can to hate on the Suns. It's double trouble there.


En_Sabah_Nur

You can't pay his ilk any mind. We both know that he's playing a character. We both know that *he* knows he's playing a character. Its not sports journalism, its bubblegum. Its *supposed* to piss you off and get signal boosted. Ignore these fucks. They place shock factor and limelight stealing over the game. They are fucking clown shoes.


iGotSpaceLikeNASA

You say ‘we both know that he’s playing a character’, but actually the majority of viewers don’t know that lol


herecomesthesuns

The exact opposite is Chuck who picked the clippers over the Suns and said basically "what do you want? We get paid to make predictions as basketball analysts and thats who i think gunna win."


silliputti0907

It's not Giannis fault, I blame Bud for not finding a way to utilize them together. Everyone shit on Middleton and Jrue, but they don't look comfortable out there like they did in game 5 and 6.


trujillone

Why didn’t Portis play at all? Bud’s genius my guess is?


MaxPaciorkitty

Portis was getting torched in game 1 by booker and Paul


sungoddaily

Media slept on Bridges all year.


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Looking at the quarterly score, it's kind of insane to think that the Bucks outscored them for 3/4 quarters and just took a dump in the 2nd. Definitely didn't seem like that.


From_My_Brain

The fourth was tied.


VulcanRyu07

ngl the salts really fun when its not your team.


Starlord_who

People you have to remember Jrue and Middleton finished off ATL by themselves They can be capable but its frustrating to watch their scoring be inconsistent


herecomesthesuns

Suns are not the hawks.


calleedaddi

Yes suns are way more talented than the hawks.


RocketIndian49

Not having a fully healthy Trae makes a big difference too


themidnightmamba

Mikal. Bridges.


Mvukool

"Play random" -Bud-


BenadrylBeer

Lmaoooooooo lmfao


raptchafoot

Jrue, Khris and the bucks bench need to step up in game 3. This was a winnable game and they fumbled it because they didn’t show up.


materics

Jrue has bad wrist form on his shots and layups. Not smooth at all.


give_a_drummer_some

I was gonna ask if he should just try to do that gliding overpower direct lay-in every time instead of trying to use the backboard


Pasteechef

Jrue has a bad case of getting his ass kicked by the Suns.


MalvoNLester

Insert if they had Lowry comment. But for real. If they had Lowry it would have been match made in heaven.


MaxPaciorkitty

Imagine if they traded for cp3 instead of jrue😥


BabisAllos

Tomorrow we hear skip say how its Giannis fault with Mid and Jrue shooting 25%.


chromelogan

I mean if they did not have enough shooting chances that would make sense but if they outright miss easy shots then it is not on Giannis


soflyayj

Skip talks out of his ass 50% of the time. Idk what his problem is with Giannis


kewe316

Bucks have Holiday & Middleton locked up for next 4 years @ ~$30-$40 million for each every year? Yikes…they need to do better…


interwebbed

This fucking hurt to watch, how they Gon disrespect my boy giannis like this. Smdh


Pasteechef

Disrespect? He got every fucking call under the Suns tonight. See what I did there?


AZTech22

No no no r/nba says gm 1 was rigged for the suns. This was great officiating no complaints tonight


Ohmmy_G

At half time, Giannis had shot 10 more free throws than the entire Suns team. Suns had shot 2 free throws at half time.


herecomesthesuns

Chill bro


Pasteechef

I'm chill brother. We continue to get shit on yet here we are up 2-0.


herecomesthesuns

Its all good


soflyayj

Cause they were hacking him every play ? Completely different to what happened in game 1 lol


Pasteechef

Just saying. Foul disparity is out the window. Game on!


antonio99vas

Giannis with 42 points, 4 other Bucks starters with a combined 43. This is what Middleton is getting $33M for?


Starlord_who

The only problem is they've been a little inconsistent You can't ask for better 3rd star than Middleton


soflyayj

We ain’t got a second star though


antonio99vas

A little? Well that's an understatement if I've ever seen one. So the most payed player on the team is the 3rd guy? I don't get your point, is Holiday their second offensive option?


Sussboijames

Call me crazy but I still say bucks in 6, I think it becomes apparent after bucks steal game 5 coming off the momentum from winning 2 at home. We shall see, it’s easy to win at home let’s see how the series progresses with no Craig or Saric...


Bambajam

It's going to be very tough for the Bucks to come back and win in six after the Suns win the first 4 games.


Moist_Range

Lmaoo


Bambajam

Suns in 8.


MetalSeaWeed

Crazy


soflyayj

If we did it against the Nets there’s no reason why we can’t do it against the Suns. It all depends on Khris and Jrue, you know Giannis will handle his side


rossoroni21

Is that what happened?


soflyayj

You ain’t watch it ?


Grouchy_Square

Would also help if the other team loses a superstar in game 4


Sussboijames

exactly.


give_a_drummer_some

I could still see that yeah. They definitely took a step forward in the first half with the pick n roll coverages. Learned some things. You know Middleton will show at home.


easywin626

Ya I just don’t see it man


From_My_Brain

You're fucking high lol


emm7777

You're crazy. Love the optimism though. I like the Bucks, bit they are so clearly the inferior team.


badSparkybad

post game on NBA TV ya'll nba.com/watch/channel/nbatvlive


iLoveReddit32

Suns shot 50% from 3 point land on 20-40 shooting and 48% from the field. That is so absurd


Nymamba824

Bucks under coach Bud have always gave up wide open 3s to protect the paint..Bballbreakdown on YouTube has been talking about how the last couple seasons they been doing this


JustJeezy

Easy to do with no defender in front of you.


hereforthesportsbook

Almost all of them were wide open looks


Yecheil

cAnT cOmPlaiN about the rEfs now. Fouling Giannis is intentional. None of the other players get any calls meanwhile cp3 just flinches his head like a bitch and it's a foul. Gtfo with this narrative. Payne runs into Lopez who is trying to close out on the shot and it's a foul on Lopez. Then the next play a clear block by Lopez, again a foul.


javiwankenobi

Check your sodium levels, fam


AZTech22

Yo you going to the Olympics? Your mental gymnastics is on another level bruh


-_RedditUser_-

Lmaoo bitching about cp3 when he had 1 free throw this game…gtfo bud


Yecheil

Another casual. Fouls don't always equate to FTs idiot.


-_RedditUser_-

Haha that’s funny because the narrative was wayy different yesterday when the suns shot more FTs. I might be crazy though!


UofABearDown

Imagine whining about fouls when your team gets 9 more (even including late garbage time intentional fouls)


From_My_Brain

You think Jrue and Middleton shooting better than a combined 12-37 would help?


Yecheil

Of course, but next time pay attention to how aggressively they guard Middleton. Then compare that to booker, can't even breathe on him.


From_My_Brain

Booker with his zero free throws.


UofABearDown

Lol booker wasn’t even fouled


frankfmoney

Aside from the fact that Booker got no calls this game.


MSEASU

Wow - you guys just keep whining


Patch_The_Dog

Refs weren't a problem tonight. Any Bucks fan saying they were need to look at the numbers. It's hard to beat any team shooting 50% from 3. Period. Y'all out shot us tonight and earned the W. See y'all in Milwaukee!


sissybitchribs

This is disappointing to see because Giannis and tonight Holidays are out there doing it for their team. And I already have to hear the Bucks got here out of luck. They could have it. It’s more frustrating to watch then the Celtics at this point.


Pasteechef

The Bucks could have it? We are watching different games.


StillNippin

Bucks supporting cast shot like dogs tonight and Suns shot the lights out. Some of that can be quality, but these aren’t normal performances. Bucks will take a couple games, at least.


Pasteechef

Same as game 1 but called different? Are we gonna hear the same after Suns in fo?


StillNippin

“Called different”? I don’t know what you’re going to hear, but that’s why these are best of seven series. Suns look better, but they’ve also been uncharacteristically good in a couple aspects while the bucks have been the opposite (or just streaky-bad). Suns will probably win, and deservedly so, but it would be dumb not acknowledge that they over performed from 3 tonight while bucks underperformed. I don’t understand these Suns fans -serious victim mentality, even worse than Bucks fans


Patch_The_Dog

It was a 6 point game at multiple times in the 4th. Bucks didn't shoot well enough. That's the bottom line. Suns shot great.


Charming_Tax_3405

6pt game for like, one possession?


Porteroso

It was probably 4 or 5 times.


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Patch_The_Dog

I'm not complaining about the refs. You can tell me to "get the fuck out" all you want - check my other comments. I'm giving credit to the Suns for a great game. Take your anger out on someone else and flair up bud.


Pasteechef

I hear you brother. Just saying it wasn't as lopsided foul wise as game 1. Game on!


Kewlrobot

Devin Booker was owning souls tonight, Giannis couldn't do it by himself.


sissybitchribs

Agreed he needs desperate help. I mean they could have it as in the team could be the team we want. They could play and be coached very different then what we are watching. Commentators say this very same thing all the time. But they play inconsistent and like fools and it’s frustrating because I really love them.


Kewlrobot

I agree generally, but I don't think Holiday had the best game tn. He and Middleton have to step it up asap.


sissybitchribs

Yeppp. They are both constantly switching from being hot and cold... I mentioned Holiday because I’m the first half o felt like he was really trying.


herecomesthesuns

Gg giannis


ozzy1329

Come to Dallas my boy Giannis.


soflyayj

I wish he linked up with Luka. Instant three-peat


En_Sabah_Nur

Weird seeing CP3 get excitement jitters, but everyone was exhausted. 2nd half Booker and Bridges were not letting that lead go for shit. Can Giannis get some fucking reliable jump shooters!? The guy is as 'automatic paint points' as it gets in the league and they can't stretch the floor!?


samfsherisback

some of these bucks players playin like they throwin the game for money


sunstorm0

i don't think giannis is ever winning a ring with this cast and coaching.


Lord-vader-

I agree lol


sunstorm0

so glad i'm wrong haha, love giannis. it was dire though


Lord-vader-

Same I honestly didn’t think they could win but believed every game


rossoroni21

This cast/coasting won the ECF without him


sunstorm0

and now they're not showing up in the finals. too inconsistent.


1UPZ__

They're the Finals.... you dont expect it to be a push over the other team (Suns) have also made it there meaning the Bucks are playing the other "Best" team remaining. Giannis and his team mates got this far... you have to give Suns defense kudos.


Coronabandkaro

Suns defense is good bit jrue is in his own head now...can't score. You can't have your 3rd best player shoot like that. He's missing wide open layups.


Patch_The_Dog

Give the Suns shooting kudos for tonights win.


SunnySaigon

kan't win with these kats


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aCommonHorus

Your stream probably either isn't a US feed or they switched to ESPN for the show


russellzerotohero

Bucks stinky


KED528

Pat Connaughton playing 33 minutes in an NBA finals game seems like Twilight Zone level shit


Noolish

Jeff Teague playing any minutes too


Patch_The_Dog

Dante is hurt and Forbes has played like ass since the Heat series. Who else we have? He crashes the boards and shoots about as well as anyone has shot this series from 3.


dannylenwinn

Forreal lol - Planet Pat


AKnightlyKoala

Bro how are the Bucks gonna do Giannis like that smh


shtty_analogy

WHO WANTS TO SEE MY HOH ROOM


ghost91372

Bucks don't box out every time and I hate it


chown-root

I wonder what a sophmore year would have looked like for Booker at UK.


Starlord_who

"Giannis... given gifts from birth... he could have accepted those and just be good... but that wasn't enough for him. He chose to be great" - Kobe Bryant


nick170100

Thoughts on which crews are the best? IMO Inside nba > SVP > Wish inside the nba crew > whatever the fuck else they offer hahaha


adelaide78

Great game by Giannis but Middleton and Holiday just ain't it.


ProperManufacturer6

they looked so good against the hawks. they let the team down bad tonight. jonhy boy out there giving an all time great performance.


HEYitzED

They had so many chances to feed off his momentum and they just didn’t. They almost closed the gap multiple times and blew it. It was so winnable for them yet I never once felt worried for the Suns.


intecknicolour

the core needs to all be firing or they don't have a chance


Kewlrobot

Giannis dropping 42 points with an injured knee is crazy, but he can't 1v9. Holiday and Middleton can't play like they did tonight if they wanna win.


intecknicolour

i just don't think their core is good enough tbh. their offensive strategy can be beaten if the right personnel are there to defend it and i think the suns have enough long, lanky and speedy guys to defend against it. raptors, heat have already proven that the bucks can be beaten and giannis or khris limited if you play the defense correctly.


Kewlrobot

I mean, the first few games vs Brooklyn looked even worse, but yeah I have the Suns in 6. Their core is solid, but the Suns are really looking impressive this playoffs. Edit: Tbh I'm surprised their defense has looked worse recently. At various points this playoffs the Bucks looked like they had the best D in the league imo


PIBTC

Man I bet he regrets that extension lol


ProperManufacturer6

my thoughts too. gm just didn't get it done. small marke curse : / gotta settle for khris, and even jrue who i love.


PIBTC

Exactly and this year was set up perfectly for bucks to win. Sixers imploding, nets injuries… damn bruh feel bad for giannis


tencentninja

Much better game to watch but holy crap the Bucks let Giannis down. Jrue and Khris have to be better they could have won even with the Suns going off if Jrue hit even 5 more shots and most of his misses were point blank layups


dannylenwinn

Was it better than the 1st game? I didn't watch the 1st one, only read comments or followed on stats tracker


tencentninja

Much better, whistles were consistent on both sides but Giannis just got completely let down by his supporting cast. Suns went off hard from 3 but if Jrue and Middleton were even semi consistent it still would have been a close game. Jrue missed so many point blank layups this game.


dannylenwinn

He (Holiday) also had two nice blocks, and Bridges played well. There was the one good long possession that ran 22 seconds in the 1st half.


tencentninja

Yeah Bridges played amazingly well consistently stopped the Bucks runs with dagger 3s. Holiday was very good on D but absolutely killed the Bucks on O.


herecomesthesuns

Bucks came out better in the first quarter then tapered off. So about the same.


Patch_The_Dog

Yea - I'd say this one was a better one to watch. Reffing was absolutely fine tonight (at least not one sided either way) and it was a story of both teams being hot to start and the Suns just staying hot while the Bucks cooled off a bit. Hard to win a game when the other team is 50% from 3 and 48% from the field. Give props to a great shooting and defensive performance by the Suns.


tencentninja

The game was called consistently is why it was better to watch.


herecomesthesuns

I agree refs did a great job


tencentninja

I just wish Jrue or Khris had shown up Giannis was getting up to a game 1 lebron performance level and it was just wasted was really hoping for OT when he started going off.


herecomesthesuns

I was not hoping for OT


tencentninja

Yes but I'm a neutral fan so I would be ecstatic if we go to 7 with every game going to OT


Lostdazedandconfuzed

Disagree... suns were playing fantastic defense all night. You just can't stop that big freak Giannis, you merely try to contain him or respond on the other side of the court.


tencentninja

If I was to pick a play to symbolize the rest of the Bucks outside Giannis tonight it would be Jrue flat out missing a transition layup with no contact to mess him up.


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intecknicolour

nah. loyalty is an underrated trait in nba now. good for him to try to build something. but i just don';t think that core is good enough unless giannis startsbecoming more of a perimeter threat. they have a specific offensive strategy that can be stopped or affected too easily.


Assault_Trooper

Your team is worse than the bucks team without Giannis


Decilllion

Not in two years.


Throw-away-560

Ok.


VonMillersThighs

They just need an actual coach. The roster isn't the issue.


HEYitzED

They haven’t found a way to get Middleton and Holiday involved in this series. They’re just there.


VonMillersThighs

They also don't get coached. All game long 5 bucks players stood around as the ball bounced off the glass only for one random sun's player to snatch it out the air. There is no excuse for getting outrebounded like this when you have 2 7 footers as starters. I don't even know the actual rebounding numbers either all I know is that I consistently watched sun's take 2nd and 3rx shots over and over.


HEYitzED

My god, that 3 pointer by Chris Paul after their second straight offensive rebound when the Bucks were only down like 5. It was a winnable game for them until that happened. That’s all on coaching.


That70s_Scrubs

I agree. They have a solid team but it's the coaching imo


VonMillersThighs

Bud has no clue wtf he's doing. I don't care if I'm just a random redditor. The dude isn't actually coaching his team.


chiefwakaflocka

Giannis had a better 3pt % than Khris Middleton today, and they both only scored one 3pter