My life expectancy has decreased yet again thanks to Wisconsin sports.
The defending NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks steal Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals from the Boston Celtics inside TD Garden, 110-107 to take a 3-2 series lead!
That was one of the top five grittiest comeback wins in Milwaukee Bucks playoff history.
It was a mostly ugly game by the Bucks and Boston held a 93-79 lead with 10:16 remaining.
Mike Budenholzer (finally) took out George Hill, who’s been borderline unplayable this series on the defensive end and Bobby Portis came in.
The final three minutes of the game were insane, and if you are a Bucks fan, those were the most fun to watch.
Boston went up 105-99 on an Al Horford put back dunk with 2:09 left, and it seemed like the Bucks were left for dead at that point.
But Giannis Antetokounmpo hit a massive 3-pointer to make it a 105-102 game with 1:40 remaining. My vision did start to fade when Giannis shot that.
After a couple defensive stops by both teams, Jrue Holiday buried a 3-pointer to tie the game at 105-105 with 43 seconds left. But there was still an eternity left in this game at that point.
Jayson Tatum got fouled with 31 seconds left and hit both free throw’s to give Boston a 107-105 lead.
Giannis Antetokounmpo then got fouled with 14 seconds remaining, needing to hit both free throws to tie the game. He was pure on the first to make it a 107-106 deficit, but then missed the second attempt. However, Bobby Portis (BOBBY! BOBBY! BOBBY!) got a put back to go in to give Milwaukee a 108-107 lead with 11 seconds remaining.
Jrue Holiday had two of the most insane big moment defensive plays. First he blocks Marcus Smart with eight seconds left, and then after two Pat Connaughton free throws to give Milwaukee a 110-107 lead, Holiday gets a steal off Marcus Smart in the finals seconds to secure the win. Jrue Holiday is the best defender in the NBA, I said what I said.
I know this is going to piss off the pro-Mike Budenholzer people, but “Coach Bud” did not coach a very good game tonight.
The Bucks made plays on the offensive glass down the stretch that were big time. Milwaukee also got bailed out that Marcus Smart played like a wimp down the stretch.
The job is far from done for Milwaukee, however.
Former Milwaukee Buck Brandon Jennings, who got “Bucks in 6” going for the culture, chimed in after the game:
Thon Maker said he’s rooting for the Bucks in this series:
I asked my family that are Bucks fans if we should do a “rewatch the last 3 minutes zoom watch party.”
Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with a double-double with 40 points and 11 assists.
Giannis is a hard person not to cheer for.
The Bucks and Celtics will play Game 6 on Friday, May 13th inside the Fiserv Forum. The Deer District will be rockin’. Tipoff time is still To Be Determined as I write this, but we do know the game will be nationally televised on ESPN.
It’s imperative that the Bucks finish the series on Friday. It’s not a good idea to take your chances with a Game 7 in Boston on Sunday.
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