In 14 non-Giannis minutes through 3 quarters in Game 4, Bucks were plus-8
Milwaukee Bucks fans are elated over their team’s 113-101 victory against the Boston Celtics, which brought the team one win away from reaching the Conference Finals. They will only be more excited after delving into the statistics and realizing how the team did without its best player, star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo.
ClutchPoints collected the following data to analyze how the Bucks did with the Greek Freak off the floor, with the time stamps in the game rounded off to the nearest whole minute or half minute:
“Giannis went out from roughly 4:00 to 1:00 in 1st Q — Bucks were -4. Down 9 (28-19) after being down 5 (20-15).
Giannis went out from roughly 6:00 to 3:30 in 2nd Q — Bucks were +4. Down 2 (39-37) from down 6 (37-31). Giannis then went out in the final half-minute of the first half with no scoreboard change.
Giannis then went out for 8:18 in the third and MIL was +8 — tied to up 8 at the end of the quarter. He played just 22 of the first 36 minutes in the first three quarters. MIL plus-8.”
If the Bucks can maintain a positive plus-minus with their star on the bench, they are virtually guaranteed to win the series. Antetounkmpo has been dominant against the Celtics in the last three games. He scored 29 points, 30 points, and 39 points in Games 2-4, respectively.
Much as the Toronto Raptors can’t realistically survive without Kawhi Leonard, and much as the Portland Trail Blazers have to have Damian Lillard or C.J. McCollum carry the scoring load, the Denver Nuggets need Nikola Jokic on the floor:
Jokic was +17 in 39 mins in a 4-point win. DEN is getting buried when he’s on the bench.
Game 1: -8 in 7 mins in an 8-point win
Game 2: -9 in 9 mins in a 7-point loss
Game 3: -8 in 3 mins in a 3-point loss
Game 4: -13 in 9 mins in a 4-point win
Total non-Jokic: -38 in 28 mins.
— Redacted (@AndyGlockner) May 6, 2019
The Raptors, Blazers and especially the Nuggets really depend on their superstars.
This is what makes the Bucks’ Game 4 performance on the road — against an opponent which had to win — that much more special. Looking at these non-Giannis numbers for Milwaukee, its clear the Celtics have no answer for the Bucks up and down the two rosters. They must dominate the Bucks when Giannis is on the bench to have a shot at winning the game. Monday, the Celtics struck out.
These stats show Milwaukee’s depth exists at an elite level. All signs are pointing to Milwaukee heading to the Eastern Conference Finals soon.