The Best of the Day: June 27th, 2021
WHEN KHRIS MIDDLETON’S ON THE MONEY, NOBODY HAS A CHANCE AGAINST MILWAUKEE
Game 3 between the Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks was neck and neck until Khris Middleton took over in the fourth quarter. He scored 20 of his 38 points in the final period, and ATL only recorded 17 as a team during that span. MIL left with a double-digit victory after finding themselves down at the end of the third. Giannis added 33 points and Trae Young had 35 despite leaving the game for some time with an injury. Atlanta will look to even the series in Game 4 at home.
Khris Middleton was on fire in Game 3 as he scored 38 points (20 of them coming in the fourth quarter), which was enough to outscore Atlanta by himself during the final period. Outside of him, Milwaukee’s squad does a great job of consistently playing their role at a high level, but Middleton is prone to off nights. He only had 15 points in each of the first two games, but when he is on, it takes the Bucks to a whole new level.
Milwaukee’s 2x All-Star has shown the ability to take over as the Bucks’ primary scorer down the stretch if he’s on his A-game like in Game 3. When Middleton plays his role at a high level, it elevates the team as a whole, and turns them into a squad that nobody has a chance to beat.
Considering Giannis will always have around 30+ PTS & 10+ REB while P.J. Tucker/Jrue Holiday will play great defense with P.J. adding scrappy rebounding, this Bucks team can go as far as Middleton will take them, and that’s all the way to the Championship when he’s scoring at a high level.
🚨 Make that 36 for Middleton! 🚨
— NBA (@NBA) June 28, 2021
Khris Middleton tonight:
This is the 2nd time ever a Bucks player had a 30/10/5/5-three playoff game. The first time was also Khris Middleton. pic.twitter.com/eba0TdL2ET
— StatMuse (@statmuse) June 28, 2021
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