The last game of Game 2 in the playoff series was the bout between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Chicago Bulls. The Bucks had taken game 1 and they are looking to push their momentum and extend their lead. The Bulls were eager to get the win so that they can even the series.
The Bucks went with their starting lineup of Jrue Holiday, Wesley Matthew, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Brook Lopez. The Bulls started with Alex Caruso, Zach Lavine, DeMar DeRozan, Patrick Williams and Nikola Vucevic.
With the opening tip, the Bulls went in strong with the desire just to win the game. They took the pace of the game with a 9-0 run early. The Bucks however, are the defending champions so they went in to work and took their time on the offence.
The plus point on both teams was that they were redy to defend for their lives. Getting some important stops were really well played out and they are the recipe for success.
In the 2nd quarter, the Bulls’ trio of Lavine, DeRozan and Vucevic stepped up and ran the offense. They settled into a rhythm and were scoring efficiently. Their defense was really working as Patrick Williams was not letting Giannis to do whatever he wants and somewhat limited his offensive skillset. The Bulls were well leading in the 1st half with a score of 63-49.
With the 2nd half starting, the Bucks became aggressive on both end of the court and they brought out the intensity in the game. Lavine and Vucevic were shut down by Holiday and Lopez. On the other hand, the duo of Giannis and Middleton took over the game almost like asserting their authority on the newcomers in the Playoffs.
But, DeRozan wasn’t going to back down as he was keeping his team afloat singlehandedly with his trustee mid-range game. It was a task to guard DeRozan as he was shooting from wherever he wants and making most of them.
The 4th quarter started out to be a grueling one but the Bulls carried by DeRozan were widening the score gap. Unfortunately while going on the offensive end, Khris Middleton tripped on the baseline and suffered a sprained MCL. This is a huge blow to the Buck who were already down by 15 points and had to surmount that lead.
The Bucks were not intimidated by the challenge so they took the Bulls by their horns and they attacked offensively. They perked up their defense, got important stops and went full throttle on the offensive. However, that was not enough to beat the Bulls and they fell.
DeMar DeRozan was absolutely clutch in this game after a poor showing in game 1. He put up 41 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal and 2 blocks. Zach Lavine has not yet shown his full output in the series considering it is his 1st playoff experience. He put up 20 points and had 4 turnovers in crucial moments which could have costed the Bulls, the game.
Nikola Vucevic had a double-double with 24 points and 13 rebounds, being consistent with his scoring. Alex Caruso took on the duty of making plays for his teammate as he found them in crucial positions along with defending the perimeter. He put up 9 points, 10 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks.
On the Bucks’ side, Giannis led them with a near triple-double as he put up 33 points, 18 rebounds, 9 assists, 1 steal and 2 blocks. Brook Lopez showed up big time with 25 points and 5 rebounds.
It was a shame to see Middleton go down as he put up 18 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 steals before suffering the MCL sprain injury. Jrue Holiday put up 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists, while guarding Lavine and DeRozan.
Takeaways from Game 2
The Bulls won Game 2 with a scoreline of 114-110. It was a close game and they needed their star players to give it their all which they did and it resulted in their victory. This evened up the series with 1-1. Going into the Bulls’ arena, the Bucks need to readjust their game plan as it is certain that they won’t be having Middleton for at least a week.