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Miami brings workmanlike effort, that’s enough to win, lead Bucks 3-0

Apr 25, 2013, 11:02 PM EDT

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This was just a better team taking care of business.

You knew the Milwaukee Bucks would come out with a lot of fire in front of the home crowd and they did, leading by as many as 10 in the first half. But for the Heat this was a professional outing, like a game in the dog days of February. They kept their composure, they upped their defensive pressure, they got LeBron James (22 points) and Ray Allen (23) to step up. Miami just walked Milwaukee down.

The result was a 104-91 Miami win that has the Bucks up 3-0 in the first round series. The only question is can the Bucks win a game or does this end in four on Sunday? Smart money bets on Sunday.

This was the best effort and game from the Bucks yet, they are just overmatched.

In front of the home fans Milwaukee came out and played with passion. In the first quarter the Bucks shot 57.1 percent overall and hit 5-of-10 from three (J.J. Redick was 2-of-2 from three, Ersan Ilyasova 3-of-4 for 7 points.) and the result was them up nine at the end of the quarter. T

The Bucks did a good job upping the tempo and getting good looks early in the clock following bad Heat possessions — LeBron was 4-of-6 for 11 points in the quarter, the rest of Heat shot 5-of-17 (29.4 percent).

Finally in this game Bucks coach Jim Boylan went to his strongest lineups, when Redick is on the floor with either Monta Ellis or Brandon Jennings — there is much better floor spacing with a slasher and a shooter and the defense has to respect that. It led to balance with six Bucks in double figures.

Not that it really mattered. The Bucks are overmatched.

Miami’s defense picked up and the quality of shots for the Bucks went down as the game wore on. Milwaukee shot 40 percent in the second (1-of-6 from three), then 28.6 percent in the third. Everything was contested, passing lanes seemed shut off.

Meanwhile the Heat shot 63.2 percent in the third, they moved the ball around and got the shots they wanted. It wasn’t just LeBron taking over (he had 9 in the quarter), it was making passes so Udonis Haslem was getting looks and he went 3-of-3 for 8 points in the third.

In the fourth, the Heat continued to pull away as the Bucks continued to rely on difficult shots. The Bucks got a nice 16-points out of Ersan Ilyasova on the night, but in the end it didn’t matter.

The other thing of note from this game was Allen becoming the NBA’s all-time leader in playoff three pointers made (he has 322 now). Well, it might be of note that Dwyane Wade‘s knee is clearly bothering him and he shot 1-of-12 on the night. That might worry the Heat more if it didn’t look like they were about to get a lot of rest between series.

If the Heat give a professional effort again on Sunday afternoon like they did Thursday that rest will begin Sunday night. The Bucks will try but they can’t prevent it, they are in over their heads.

  1. 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 25, 2013 at 11:13 PM


    By the way, after the Allen/Miller era ends in a couple years, im making the call that Mike Dunleavy signs in Miami at a reduced rate.

    • cantonbound13 - Apr 26, 2013 at 7:38 AM

      Wade 1-12 from the field? You might want to start recruiting a starting SG, ’72. I’m sure Riley would seek your input.

      • heat256 - Apr 26, 2013 at 9:19 AM

        Just like last year’s playoffs too right? oh wait, Wade more than held his own on a gimpy knee and helped them to the title. It’s foolish to write him off. He isn’t 23 anymore, but neither are most of the guys in the playoffs. They’ll survive with depth – plus the sweep will help them all by getting a little extra rest.

      • jt1138 - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:40 AM

        You sure about that? Because on a bum knee, Wade had 11 assists, 9 rebounds, 5 steals, and 2 blocks. Pretty sure that’s better than most can do healthy.

      • miamatt - Apr 26, 2013 at 12:07 PM

        11 rebounds, 9 assists, 5 steals, 2 blocks for Wade. That’s called letting the game come to you. On a horrible shooting night, you find other ways to contribute. It also says a lot about Wade that he only took 12 shots. Lesser stars on lesser teams would find a way to jack up 30 shots to get 20 points on a bad night. Wade knows its about the team.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 26, 2013 at 2:03 PM

        1-12 is accurate. So are his 11 assists, 9 rebounds, 5 steals

    • cantonbound13 - Apr 26, 2013 at 3:39 PM

      Broken down Diva, Dwhine Wade, the clock is ticking.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 26, 2013 at 3:53 PM

        Maybe. But it’s a pretty sweet clock.

      • rohozx - Apr 27, 2013 at 1:02 PM


  2. brugis23 - Apr 25, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    “The result was a 104-91 Miami win that has the Bucks up 3-0 in the first round series” mmmm….interesting

    • fraudguy - Apr 26, 2013 at 12:25 AM

      If you want properly edited posts, head over to a news site. The question is, will it be corrected and, if so, acknowledged?

  3. melkipershero - Apr 25, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    I still got us in 6.

    -Brandon Jennings logic

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 26, 2013 at 2:26 AM

      Maybe he meant SIX DAYS.

  4. jimmymarlinsfan - Apr 25, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Nice job Heat. Do not fear the deer!

  5. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 26, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    Heat just yawning at Jennings lmao

  6. pantsfreezone - Apr 26, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    When did Birdman start syphoing off LeBron’s efficiency?

    • addictedzone - Apr 26, 2013 at 9:18 AM

      Bird and Haslem combine to go 10-11. It must be great fun being wide open all night as the Bucks run around trying to double the shooters.

  7. lifer124 - Apr 26, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    First, of course Jennings said they would win in 6. What kind of player would predict his team to lose?

    Second, the Bucks actually have played ok this series. If they didn’t end the season so poorly they could have matched up with any other team in the east and probably won a series.

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