The Bucks stuck around against the Heat in the first half of Game 1 (the Bucks were only down by seven points at halftime) mostly because of Brandon “Bucks Win In Six” Jennings, who had 18 points at halftime.
However, the Heat flipped the proverbial switch in the second half, with LeBron (27 points), Wade (16 points), and Chris Bosh (15 points) taking charge. However, the most impressive Heat player was probably Chris Andersen, The Birdman. While he didn’t have the profound statistical night that LeBron had (a near-triple double: 27 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists) he made all the hustle plays: timely offensive rebounds, unselfish assists, and his own dunks of the tip-back and lobbed variety.
By the end of the third quarter, after the Heat had pulled out to a double-digit lead, this game was pretty much over. And when Rashard Lewis came into the game (the Heat’s #2 human victory cigar, behind Juwan Howard) for LeBron James, you knew this game was absolutely 100% over.
Looking ahead to Game 2, while the Heat dominated the Bucks in nearly every statistical category, they still gave up 22 points to Monta Ellis and 26 points to Brandon Jennings. While the duo shot only 18-39, for portions of the 1st half, the Heat had trouble guarding Brandon Jennings off of the pick and roll. I expect that the Heat will go back to the drawing board and devise some better defensive schemes to deal with the Bucks pick and roll, now that they have seen it.
To highlight just how terrible the Bucks were
- They shot 26.9% from three point range, though the Heat were also unimpressive from three point range, shooting only 30%.
- They made only 60% of their free throws.
- They were out-rebounded 31-46.
- They only had 14 assists to Miami’s 22 assists.
Game 2 is on Tuesday, April 23rd at 7:30PM in Miami.