Blazers open up hitting two wide-open 3s. Tied at 6.
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Bucks go on an 11-1 run and are up 17-7.
Bucks up 13. Take out Giannis. Holiday with 3 bad turnovers and Forbes with 2 missed easy shots.
Lillard gets every call. He's like an Iverson that can actually shoot.
They need to give Forbes' minutes to Teague.
Bucks 34-21 aftre one.
Blazers get hot from 3 as the Bucks fire up a bunch of 25 foot shots from Forbes and DDV that miss. Down to 7.
Bucks up 11 despite being 3 for 14 from 3 on a lot of wide open looks.
Giannis is 7 for 7 from the floor for 20 already.
Bryn Forbes can't even fricking block out a FT shooter. God he sucks.
Bucks blow the last 90 seconds of the first half and turn a 13 point lead into only a 7 point lead.
13 point lead down to 2 within 2:30 of game time. Open the second half with Lopez and DDV missing 3s.
Giannis with 32 points with 10 minutes left in the third quarter.
This is one of those "holy shit" Giannis games.
36 points on 13 of 15 from the floor, 10 of 12 from the line, 7 rebound, and 2 blocks. Still 7 minutes left in the third.
Connaughton, DDV, and Forbes are 2 for 11 from three with almost all of them wide open.
Giannis going crazy - they are getting looks.
Bucks up 14 despite going 8 for 29 from three.
Bucks are way up and if Forbes could hit anything they'd be up 20+. 1 for 7. Mr. "Makes Shots only when it doesn't matter" showing up again.
Forbes finally hits a 3 and DDV gets a layup and they separate.
THey mainly separate to a 24 point lead because Giannis has gone off and Holiday is really, really, really good.
Bucks let a 24 point fall to 13 with 5 minutes left. Bit of a danger zone
Down to 12 as the Bucks drop defense has 3 guys follow a drive to give up a wide open Covington 3 (his 6th of the game).
As good as a 3 and D guy that Covington is, he has as much chance of stopping Giannis as I do.
Giannis now at 47 points. He's 18 for 18 from inside the arc.
If you want to see what complete domination looks like, here's a highlight reel of all of Giannis' 18 field goals last night.
The last half of these or so are followed by Blazers players shaking their heads, shrugging, or just acted deflated because there is literally nothing they can do to stop him. 20 foot jump shots, fingers rolls, dunks, put-backs, spin moves, lobs for easy FGs, catching baseball passes in stride for dunks, up-and-unders, it was all on display. The only shots he missed were three 3 point attempts (one was a quick 3 he took to get a 2 for one at the end of the first half). Even those shots looked online. 11 for 13 from the line. On defense, he had three blocks. Two of those were ones where he just engulfed the shot with two hands.
Last night was the closest you'll see to what Chamberlain must have been like in his prime (except that Giannis hit his FTs). That was a very good team playing at home at full strength with a decent defender on him (Covington). When he got switched onto anyone else, they were helpless. You almost felt sorry for Nurkic and Carmelo in that situation. Per ESPN, he tied Chamberlain's NBA record for most FG attempts inside the 3-point line without a miss.
Although a notoriously bad free throw shooter Wilt made 28 out of 32 in the 100 pointer.
It just goes to show how stupid the league experts are to crown the Nets in the East.
Portland is a decent team and playing at home they are tough to beat. Yet the Bucks blew them out. The Blazers made 21 3s and as MP2 stated they have an elite defender in Covington and it made zero difference.
This is why the Bucks are going to be a tough out. Very few teams have players that can stop or slow down Giannis and of those teams (namely Toronto and Miami) I don’t think they can beat the Bucks in a long series. Holiday just makes such a big difference in that last year you didn’t have to cover Bledsoe at all. That extra defender could roam the paint or harass Middleton. Now? You sag off Holiday and he will make you pay.
Yes the Nets can score in bunches and the Sixers have a good 3 headed monster. But when Giannis is playing his A game I’m not sure any team can beat Milwaukee. And let’s not forget this is an elite level defensive team as well and we haven’t really seen Tucker yet.