What Bucks are ‘missing’ next to Giannis Antetokounmpo, per Jamal Crawford
Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks are down 3-0 to the Miami Heat in the second round of the playoffs and veteran shooting guard Jamal Crawford knows why the team is struggling to score in the half-court.
Crawford believes the Bucks need “another dependable bucket getter that can create, generate when things get tight,” the vet tweeted on Friday evening.
The Bucks are missing a Dev Booker, Brad Beal, CJ TYPE of player.( I'm not saying those guys specifically, so RELAX) but they need another dependable bucket getter that can create, generate when things get tight.
— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) September 5, 2020
Giannis Antetokounmpo is likely going to win his second straight MVP award this season. However, for the second consecutive postseason, the Bucks superstar is getting exposed in the playoffs.
Since Antetokounmpo isn’t a good jump shooter, the Heat are packing the paint against the Bucks and daring the Greek Freak to beat them from the outside.
The tactic is working, as Antetokounmpo didn’t hit a single 3-pointer in Game 3 despite taking seven attempts. The Bucks also went 0-for-15 on shots outside the paint over the last 17 minutes of Game 3, per Kirk Goldsberry fo ESPN.
The Heat outscored the Bucks 40-13 during the fourth quarter in Game 3 and are now one win away from advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals. It would be one of the biggest surprises in NBA history if the Bucks get swept. They had the best record in the NBA for the second straight season and most pundits picked them to easily win the Eastern Conference.
No one is doubting Antetokounmpo’s greatness, but it’s clear he doesn’t have the tools to dominate a game in the half-court such as Kawhi Leonard for example. Giannis is a hard worker, but he needs to start working on the right things, like getting a mid-range jumper.