Bucks' Game 1 Loss "Best Thing To Happen To Them"

The Bucks got "punched in the face" in Game 1, Bill Michaels said, but they haven't flinched since

Ferrall On The Bench
May 08, 2019 - 9:31 am

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The Milwaukee Bucks entered their second-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics having not played meaningful basketball in quite some time. They locked up the No. 1 seed late in the regular season and swept the Pistons in the first round.

They they lost by 22 to Boston in Game 1.

“They got punched in the face, and that might have been the best thing to happen to them – because after that, they took Boston’s best shot,” radio host Bill Michaels said on Ferrall on the Bench. “They flinched a little and then they woke up and they smiled. Boston, you could clearly see it (in Game 4) – Boston gave them everything they had, and the Bucks really didn’t flinch.”

The Bucks have won three straight, including Game 4 in Boston, 113-101. After scoring just 22 points in Game 1, Giannis Antetokounmpo averaged 33.3 points in Games 2-4. Milwaukee’s second-leading scorer in Game 4? George Hill, who had 15 points off the bench.

“You don’t have Giannis and Durant,” Michaels said. “You don’t have Giannis and Steph Curry. You don’t have him and a superstar. You have Giannis and a bunch of role players that know what they’re supposed to do and they go out and do it, and they have all bought in. They all hang out together, they all take the bus together, they all party together, they all go to dinner together, they play games together – this is some kind of weird brotherhood that I’ve never seen before. This is a true team. They did everything together, and they all root for another.”

Kyrie Irving, meanwhile, has been abysmal. He scored just nine points in Game 2 and shot 15-of-44 (34.1 percent) from the floor in Games 3 and 4, including 3-of-15 (20 percent) from three.

Michaels isn’t surprised.

“They were the No. 1 defensive team in the league this year,” he said of the Bucks, “so why is it a surprise that suddenly Kyrie Irving is finding it a little bit difficult to shoot the damn rock? (Eric) Bledsoe has been all over him. And George Hill, by the time he went to take a shower (after Game 4), what he pulled out of his pants pocket, there was Kyrie’s jock because he’d been in it all night. That’s the reason this team is winning basketball games: more defensive than offensive.”

Click below to listen to Michaels’ interview in its entirety.