The NBA Finals Game 2 is over and the Milwaukee Bucks are down 0-2 against the Phoenix Suns. The poor shooting from the Milwaukee Bucks was all that the Phoenix Suns needed to take control of the game. A 9-point lead by the Bucks was not something they could hold on to and are now in deep trouble.
The Milwaukee Bucks were led by Giannis‘s elite performance. He scored 42 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, 3 blocks, all on amazing efficiency. But in a tale that the Bucks are now unfortunately familiar with, Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday did not show up. Their inconsistencies is the achilleas heel of the Eastern Conference Champions. As a team the Bucks shot only 29% from the 3. Even though they dominated the paint it did not pay dividends.
On a night when the Phoenix Suns Center Deandre Ayton Struggle struggled the Bucks could not capitalize. Cameron Payne was not his usual spark off the bench as he scored just 2 points.
Both teams were carried by their respective ‘Underdogs of the Night‘, Pat Connaughton of the Milwaukee Bucks and Mikal Bridges of the Phoenix Suns.
The Underdog Performance of the Milwaukee Bucks Guard
Another inclusion for Pat Connaughton in ‘Underdog of the Night’ with his 14 points off the bench. He outscored 3 of the 5 starters and did everything they needed from him. Pat grabbed 7 boards which is impressive for a guard and made 4 big 3 pointers. If Middleton or even Holiday played better Pat’s performance would have amounted to the win.
When Pat Connaughton is the only Buck besides Giannis who looks like he wants it …
— Peter Bukowski (@Peter_Bukowski) July 9, 2021
The Underdog Performance of the Phoenix Suns Foward
Mikal Bridges dropped his playoff career-high tonight. 🔥🔥🔥
Give him his respect pic.twitter.com/pIxvDozCZM
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) July 9, 2021
Mikal Bridges, another player making the ‘Underdog of the Night’ for the 2nd time. He scored 27 points and was the 2nd leading scorer in the team. Middleton and Holiday combined for 28 and Bridges had 27 by himself. He was aggressive and attempted 8 Free Throws, making all of them. He also added 7 rebounds to his stat sheet and had just 1 turnover. Bridges has found his stride on the biggest stage and his Game 2 performance could be the reason for the Suns winning it all.