The Milwaukee Bucks Destroy the Chicago Bulls

The Milwaukee Bucks Destroy the Chicago Bulls

The Game 3 of the Playoffs are getting heated up. The Chicago Bulls have now come to their home turf to take an edge over the defending champions, the Milwaukee Bucks. Khris Middleton hall not be playing for quite some time because of his unfortunate injury. The Bucks need to win a game if they want to stay ahead.

The Chicago Bulls went with a starting lineup of Alex Caruso, Zach Lavine, DeMar DeRozan, Patrick Williams and Nikola Vucevic. The Milwaukee Bucks started with Jrue Holiday, Wesley Matthews, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bobby Portis and Brook Lopez.

Game Summary

With the opening tip, the Bucks started the game with a layup from Jrue Holiday. In return the Bulls scored a three as an answer. But the Bucks were in no mood to toy around and they went straight into the offensive while keeping their defenses tight.

The Bulls were a bit taken aback by the Bucks Spartan offense and them gurading DeRozan tightly wasn’t helping the Bulls in any way. It did not seem like the absence of Khris Middleton was that much of a bother considering how Bobby Portis was covering up on the offensive end.

In the 2nd quarter, the Bulls tried to comeback and they were getting few good looks. But the Bucks defense was tighter and more aggressive than the previous 2 games. Only Vucevic was getting his shots in while Lavine and DeRozan struggled. The Bucks took the 1st half with a 60-41 lead.

With the 2nd half starting, you would guess that the Bulls were going to make a comeback in the backs of DeRozan. But this time DeRozan was not going anywhere as the Bucks had multiple bodies on him so that he cannot even take a shot. Lavine and Vucevic were trying their best but they need their role players to step up and score more.

The score gap was more than 30 points between the two teams and the Bulls felt defeated before the buzzer can sound. The Bulls let their bench players play as they knew the game was already over for them.

Box Score

Grayson Allen led the Bucks in scoring with 22 points and 6 rebounds coming off the bench. He is the only one from both teams to crack into the 20s. Giannis put up 18 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Bobby Portis came up big filling in for Middleton, by putting up a double-double of 18 points and 16 rebounds. Jrue Holiday provided with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists.

Nikola Vucevic led the Bulls in scoring with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Zach Lavine underperformed as well with just 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. DeRozan seemed to have lost his Game 2 outburst as he just put up a measly 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.

Takeaways from Game 3

The Milwaukee Bucks bagged Game 3 with a scoreline of 111-81. The Bucks have now secured a 2-1 lead in the series. The Bulls got absolutely annihilated on their own turf. Instead of capitalizing on Middleton’s absence, they fell way harder giving their worst performance in the series.

Bulls’ coach Billy Donovan needs to gather his team and give them some much needed pep talk. He needs to raise their morale for the next game as it is going to take place in their territory. They need to charge forward and even the series again.

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