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Javonte Smart might have staying power. After an impressive debut in the rotation against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday, Smart went just 1-5 from the field against the Heat. While that one basket was a craft one-dribble stepback, looking at his role in a wider frame shows the Bucks will not necessarily be relying on him to score regularly, so making an impact elsewhere is key. Facing Miami, Smart pulled in four rebounds, assisted on one basket and recorded one steal while committing just one foul—a tidy, efficient showing. In 11 minutes of play, Smart logged an 81.8 defensive rating while playing with each of the Bucks’ nine other active players across eight lineup variations. This stands out as a team best by far, with DeMarcus Cousins’ 100.0 defensive rating coming in second. If it’s the little things that help fringe players stick with a team (or in the NBA at large), Smart is is doing his best to prove that he can handle those responsibilities.Essentially the same place as last Friday, when Milwaukee dismantled the Heat 124-102 despite no Giannis Antetokounmpo. Pat Connaughton paced the team with 23 points, while Khris Middleton added 22 and Bobby Portis tallied 19 to go with 16 boards. It was a thorough shellacking, featuring cheap shots from Tyler Herro on Portis, and the lamest of lame attempts to draw a charge at halfcourt by Dewayne Dedmon heading into half. Sandro Mamukelashvili also got his first career start in that one, but with Giannis back, I’d expect far less of the Sandman. Outside of the 112-104 Cleveland win, and the presence of a now 27-year-old Antetokounmpo, not much has changed from last Friday. We’ll see how hostile the Heat crowd is after their beatdown of this team to start the year.
Last time Giannis Antetokounmpo was in Miami, he was getting demolished while trying to lead a shorthanded squad against the Heat. Before that, he was shrugging off countdowns during his free throws en route to sweeping the team that had eliminated the Bucks from the playoffs in 2019-20. Now, with a nearly full squad, I’m excited to see what he can do against a Heat team without their most formidable interior defender and a whole host of questionable depth behind it. Something tells me, even with Giannis’s historic struggles in South Beach, we might be in for a treat. You can watch Miami Heat vs. Milwaukee Bucks live stream online if you are registered member of U-TV, the leading online betting company that has streaming coverage for more than 140.000 live sports events with live betting during the year. If this match is covered by U-TV live streaming you can watch Basketball match Miami Heat Milwaukee Bucks on your iPhone, iPad, Android or Windows phone. It's also easy to find video highlights and news from the most popular sports leagues in the world. Live U-TV odds are viewable in SofaScore's Basketball livescore section. We don't offer a TV schedule here, if you would like to watch this match on TV you'll probably find it it on some more popular channels like iTV, BBC, Al Jazeera Sports, Sky Sports, Gol TV, Canal+, SportTV, FOX Soccer, Setanta, ESPN, etc. (Source: www.sofascore.com)
This, likely, is the exception rather than the rule when it comes to Martin, whom the Charlotte Hornets let walk in free agency (while retaining his twin brother, Cody) before he inked a two-way contract in Miami. Martin’s performance stands as a surprise, perhaps a heartwarming story and, ultimately, an obstacle the Bucks did not expect to encounter and certainly did not focus their defensive game plan around. The same goes for P.J. Tucker’s 15-point outburst (by 2021 P.J. standards), Max Strus’ 16-point contribution and four minutes of game time from… Omer Yurtseven (who?). Allowing 46.8% shooting from long-range and seeing it tick up to 53.8% in the second half are not nightly occurrences, and won’t be going forward, if history has anything to say about Bud’s squads.
Giannis’ night did not go as planned. Scoring under 20 points a game for just the third time this season, Antetokounmpo did seem to the be main victim of a P.J. Tucker revenge game as Tucker found the MVP candidate early and often. Tucker drew eight fouls against the Bucks—and committed four fouls of his own—before the night was over. Just as there are outlier games for twins on two-way contracts, though, there are outlier games for perennial All-Stars. Call it the Miami hangover, call it too much Uno, but don’t call it worrisome or troubling. Miami got Jimmy Butler back for their game against the Memphis Grizzlies, but they still fell 105-90 to the streaking, Ja-less Western Conference team. Since their hot start to the year, they’ve cooled off to the tune of 4-6 in their last 10 games, and are now two games behind the Bucks in the standings. They’re mixed up with the glut of teams from 4-12, with just 2.5 games separating them from the 12th ranked Raptors. Without Butler and Bam, they’re forced to rely upon Dedmon’s outside shooting, and especially the ball creation and shotmaking of Duncan Robinson and Herro. The latter was just 4-17 in Milwaukee last Saturday, while Robinson had only 11 points. (Source: www.brewhoop.com)