Miami Heat: They Can Still Beat The Bucks Without Going All The Way

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Miami Heat guard Jimmy Butler (22) reaches for the loose ball during the fourth quarter
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The Miami Heat dropped Game One to the Bucks, but they can still take the series.

Just look at the way they played in Game One. If not for one of the worst shooting games of Jimmy Butler‘s career, the Bucks are already down one game on their home floor and absent of home court advantage.

If you’re Milwaukee, you can either dwell on the past or move on from it. As illustrated in Game One and though, again in defeat, Miami isn’t scared of them… or any team for that matter.

One thing that hasn’t been talked about that much, but was sort of illustrated in Game One, is that Kendrick Nunn is the X-factor for this series. Remember, last year in the bubble, Nunn had covid and wasn’t the same player.

In his last game against Milwaukee, last week to be precise, Nunn scored 31 points and most of the time, he plays well against Milwaukee. Nunn has a good pace in the pick and roll, especially when he gets to his spots in the mid-range.

Nunn should make a living with his mid-range and especially against Milwaukee’s drop scheme. If Nunn gets going, then Jrue Holiday is going to eventually be put on him, which would lead to him leaving Butler to have an easier matchup to go against.

Also, with Nunn being a better defender than credited for being, he will give Miami more minutes on the floor. If it’s not broke, then don’t fix it if you’re Miami defensively.

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