Bucks’ Brook Lopez credits ‘teammate’s support’ after scoring a career playoff-high 29 points
The Milwaukee Bucks managed to secure Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals thanks to a stellar outing from center Brook Lopez. It seems he has his teammates to thank for his career performance.
Lopez was able to catch fire from deep late in the game en route to career-high 29 points to help seal the 108-100 victory. He says that his teammates made sure that he knew he had the green light to let it fly, via Bleacher Report NBA:
“That’s what my teammates have been telling me,” Lopez said. “George Hill specifically and then [Giannis], too. They just stick in my mind: ‘Keep shooting the ball, you just need one to go down. Keep letting it fly.”
It is safe to say that the advice from forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and point guard George Hill worked out. There is no question that Lopez has endured his fair share of struggles as of late that had culminated into a scoreless performance in Milwaukee’s series-clinching win over the Boston Celtics. The Bucks as a whole have not been able to find their rhythm from deep which has resulted in stale offense at times. It appears Antetokounmpo and Hill know that Lopez is one of the few players on their team that can help space the floor out.
The Bucks are hoping that his late onslaught from deep is a sign of things to come. Although they managed to grind out a victory in Game 1, Milwaukee cannot afford to start off as sluggishly as they did moving forward. While Lopez’s barrage could not have come at a better time, he may be able to top his career performance if he can get going earlier in the game.