The Miami Heat now lead the Milwaukee Bucks 3-1 in the series after dropping Game 4. A look at three takeaways from Sunday’s loss.
The Miami Heat dropped Game 4 to the Milwaukee Bucks, with the game going unpredictably sideways for both teams. Now, the teams will regroup for Game 5 on Tuesday.
It wasn’t a must-win game for Miami, no, they were entering Sunday’s match with a 3-0 series lead. That alone makes every game up until Game 7 non-threatening to their title hopes.
Then Giannis Antetokounmpo, the reigning MVP and recently named Defensive Player of the Year left Game 4 with a right ankle sprain, and the stakes skyrocketed. The Heat had a Bucks team on the brink of elimination and missing their best player, and still failed to execute.
Jimmy Butler didn’t put on his fourth-quarter heroics, and Goran Dragic’s recent hot streak finally came to an end. Khris Middleton put them away with nine points in overtime, finishing the game with 36 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists as the lead dog for this Milwaukee team.
It’s hard to be frustrated or complacent with the results of Sunday’s game. No one expected this Heat team to rattle off four straight over the Bucks under any circumstance. But for them not to take advantage of Antetokounmpo’s absence doesn’t inspire all the same.
A look at three takeaways from the Miami Heat’s Game 4 loss.