Heat vs Bucks: Game 3 Preview

The Bucks and Heat will resume their series tonight at 6:30, with the Heat holding a 2-0 lead in the series. In Game 1, the Heat were able to control Giannis Antetokounmpo to 18 points while only allowing him to take 12 shots on their way to a 115-104 victory.

In Game 2, things got a little chaotic at the end of the game with two questionable foul calls in which Goran Dragic was called for a foul on Khris Middleton. This was a very questionable call; however, it did seem as if Dragic was moving in slightly under Middleton, not allowing him to land cleanly. Middleton his all three free throws to tie the game at 114. With 4.3 seconds remaining, Antetokounmpo was called for a foul on Jimmy Butler as time expired. Again, a questionable call. When reviewing the replay, it does look as if Antetokounmpo put his hand on Butler causing him to fall over as he landed. Butler hit both free throws and Miami won Game 2, 116-114.

One thing that Milwaukee has that can give them hope tonight, is that their shooting was well below average–44% from the field and 28% from behind the arc. The Bucks also allowed Miami to hit 17 three point shots. Yet, the Bucks only lost by two.

For the Bucks to make this a series tonight, they will need to continue to dominate the scoring in the paint. In Game 2, they outscored Miami, 52-32. This contrasted to Game 1, in which the Heat outscored the Bucks 42-24. Secondly, the Bucks are going to need to shoot much better from behind the arc. Allowing 17 three pointers to the Heat, while only hitting 7, is not going to win you many games.

If Milwaukee shoots better from behind the arc, keeps Miami from getting easy looks in the paint, and gets scoring from Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, Brooks Lopez, and Eric Bledsoe, the Bucks stand a great chance of making this a series.

But the Bucks better not expect Jimmy Butler to score just 13 points in Game 3. If Butler can score in the 20s, and the get regular contributions from the rest of the team, Milwaukee could be in trouble. Don’t be surprised if Heat coach, Erik Spoelstra, doesn’t get Butler going right away.

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