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The Night in the Association: September 4th, 2020

Last night, we saw a pivotal game 3 between the Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat (Miami leads the series 3-0) and the first game between the Rockets and the Lakers after the Rockets concluded their 7 game series with the Oklahoma City Thunder. With that being said, let’s get right into the breakdowns.

Heat vs Bucks

The Bucks have been disappointing in every possible way during this series. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it. The coaching has been terrible, the supporting cast around Giannis has been terrible, and the reigning MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo, has not played anything close to what an MVP should play like.

After the third quarter, the Bucks were on top 87-75. Things were going the Bucks’ way and it looked like the series might actually go their way for once. Until the fourth quarter arrived. The Miami Heat outscored the Milwaukee Bucks 40-13 in the fourth quarter. They outscored the Bucks by 37 POINTS! That is inexcusable. This series is all but over for Milwaukee and it is high time we start a dialogue on Giannis.

I have never thought that he was better than these 4 players: LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and Kawhi Leonard. Many others thought he was, which is just wrong, but if you still think that he is better than all of those proven individuals after last year and this year in the playoffs, you are delusional. It is just that simple.

We also have to put blame on Mike Budenholzer, who is too reluctant to play Giannis more than 38 minutes. It’s just shameful what we are seeing from Milwaukee right now. One must think that Giannis already has his foot out the door.

Rockets vs Lakers

James Harden put on an absolute clinic shooting the ball yesterday as the Rockets beat the Lakers pretty comfortably. One can expect Harden to have a much better series than he did against OKC because:

  1. He isn’t matched up against Lu Dort. 
  2. The Lakers lack of guard defenders will allow him to create more space in the perimeter.

Harden finished the game with 36 points on 12/20 shooting including 3 three-point shots made. Russell Westbrook was also solid scoring 24 points on 10/24 shooting while tallying 9 rebounds and 6 assists.

Now let us get to the Los Angeles Lakers. Anthony Davis played good last night, but if the Lakers want to beat this dangerous Rockets team, he has to swallow his pride and play the five.

Davis has been adamant throughout his career about playing at power forward when in reality, his production is one of the leagues highest and his best at the center spot. It would also maximize the floor spacing of the Lakers if Davis is at the five and they can put out their best lineups.

LeBron and Davis combined for 45 on a combined 17/31 shooting. The duo had a great performance. Other than LeBron and AD, the Lakers offense for the most part was pretty much non-existent, which is why the Rockets pose such a great threat. I’m looking forward to what I will see from the rest of the Lakers in game 2.

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