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The Miami Heat won Game 2 on Wednesday night. Does this have any bearing on the Miami Heat versus Milwaukee Bucks? We break down the game, analyze the game outcomes and take a look at the game from Steve Kerr’s perspective and what that means for the referees.
It may be an understatement to say that the Miami Heat—missing Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, Markieff Morris and Victory Oladipo—entered Wednesday night’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks shorthanded. However, the depleted Heat managed to muster up enough of a second-half fight to ship the Bucks out of South Beach with a 113-104 loss, moving the series to 2-1 on the season with an advantage to Miami. Jrue Holiday is still one of the best point guards in the league. He turned in a wire-to-wire performance: a season-high 27 points (12-17; 3-7 from three), four assists, four rebounds and one block. Four turnovers and four fouls are undeniable blemishes on Holiday’s night, but Holiday’s ability to show up as an effective scorer, a willing passer and a high-level defender at any given moment cannot be appreciated enough.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.
The Heat’s defense is their biggest strength that limits their opponents to an average of 104.5 points per game. While the team was under Jimmy Butler’s captaincy they managed to reach the top two in the East but as he remains out for a while the rest of the team will have to bring their A game. Kyle Lowry has taken over averaging 13 points, 4.6 rebounds with 7.6 assists and one steal per game. Tyler Herro leads the team in stats averaging 21.4 points with 5.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists shooting 2.8 threes per game this season. His game has drastically improved since his arrival into the league and his presence will have a solid import on the team in the future.With their ongoing record, the Bucks are doing a great job on the court with Giannis taking on leadership roles and every other player taking on a specific duty while playing. Having Grayson Allen improve his accuracy to shoot the ball is one of the biggest advantages the Bucks have received this season. A Miami team without their top two players will have to scrape through everything they have got with little to no guarantee of winning against the fully healthy defending champs. (Source: firstsportz.com)