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howser343

FADED


Coolguynumber01

Holliday, Matthews, Allen, Lopez, and Connaughton going 1/24 on 3’s is damn near impossible to overcome


specialCan3

They all got outscored by a [YouTuber](https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FS1OLMRVIAALvQz?format=jpg&name=small)


Civil-Improvement-88

that kid's tall he should try basketball


The_Unknown98

4/33 from 3 in an elimination game is less than ideal


EggplantBusiness

Everyone bar Giannis should be ashamed of this serie , Celtics just had to pack the paint because of how trash bucks shooting has been all serie long


iamgarron

Meanwhile the bucks packed the paint even when the Celtics were shooting lights out


EggplantBusiness

I don't even bother to understand Bud


CJL13

You can't understand random.


uristmcderp

You live by the random. You die by the random.


Actually-Yo-Momma

Bud won a chip after Giannis had the best playoffs of his life otherwise he was on track to be fired that year. Now he’s riding that high


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Sirsalley23

I don’t think he does either. Giannis dragged him to the finals last year kicking and screaming despite his best efforts to be outcoached. I will give bud his credit for the adjustments he did finally make in the finals last year.


AnAnonymousFool

Terrible coach who got saved by Giannis going beastmode in the playoffs last year


Neuroxex

I'm still fine with Jrue, I know he wasn't efficient, but he shouldn't have had to be Khris Middleton this series. Bucks could still win with him having as many points as shots, rest of the team just had to hit theirs.


silverpaw1786

Jrue was phenomenal on the defensive end and he got a lot started offensively. I come away from this series with nothing but respect for him. George Hill on the other hand...


Soshi101

Jrue's midgame was money this series, also vintage Lopez and Portis stepped up a lot. It's the wing rotation that fell off; I think you guys really miss Tucker and Donte.


Neuroxex

I don't think you can say Portis stepped up even remotely, he shot 4-22 from three this series.


johnnygrant

Every memory I had of Portis in the regular season, he was a stud... but then this.


Neuroxex

It's really disappointing, just hit a cold stretch at the worst possible moment.


Chairman_Zhao

He was great on the boards in game 5


Neuroxex

Andre Drummond is great on the boards. I still adore Bobby, but in losses where Giannis is 44/20/6 giving out badges for 'rebounded well' isn't right, the team needed him to just do what he'd done all year.


CreatiScope

Brook just didn't have the endurance. He would slow down big time in the 2nd half like every game.


StormTheTrooper

He spent half season injured, doesn't shock me that his stamina was less than ideal. Problem was they couldn't have anyone replacing him.


CreatiScope

Having him running to the corner to catch Grant was brutal for him and Bobby can’t rim protect at all. It takes its toll over a 7 game series.


WIN011

Love Bobby but he was ass most of the series. Brook was up and down.


lazydictionary

Jrue was great, he had some quietly good games. But he's not a bona-fide number 2, capable of taking over and giving Giannis a rest.


Neuroxex

Exactly, him and Giannis got worked to the absolute bone and I'm not gonna be pissy if their performance struggled for it.


brickvanexel

He’s a title-winning #3 for a reason, couldn’t quite hack it as a #2 scorer but I’d still love him on my team


theFutureEnds

I guess you could shade Jrue a bit for not elevating his game a bit when you needed him but I think he played a good series. Brook is likely done. Respect to him for everything he’s accomplished as a buck but I don’t think his body will be able to hold up for another run. At least with a prominent role. I think he could’ve played better but I’m wondering where his back and conditioning is at Guys like wes and pat, I’m not sure what else you could ask from them over the course of a seven game series. They have obvious limitations and as players and I think for the most part they stepped up and played well. That leaves Portis, Grayson, and then George hill. These guys were the weak points from an inefficient offensive stand point to their ineffective defensive play. Grayson simply looked gun shy and wasn’t ready for these stakes and Bobby (besides a handful of his token moments) failed to step up as that 3rd scorer that the team desperately needed. Hill is just plain old and washed. Bud made a mistake pivoting away from Carter when hill returned — however unlikely it was for Carter to continue his solid play


No-Day-6299

Dude what about the coach? Only plan he had seems to be Giannis


theFutureEnds

Correct, it was a mistake failing to mention Bud before critiquing the players, it didn’t seem like he did them any favors Hill shouldn’t have been playing and Grayson should’ve went back to the bench. I’m sure they were trying to run sets but they were just ineffective against a really stout Boston defense. Sometimes you can put that on the limitations of the players but I think after basically 4 years of the same thing you have to chalk it up to Buds rigidness and failure to adjust to the modern game


DoomdUser

Grayson Allen was more than just gun shy. He was -48 for the series and one of the primary reasons Jayson Tatum was able to get right late in the series. The Bucks would have been better off if he stayed in Chicago. I know Middleton being out is a huge loss, and I'm not sure what other options they even had, but when one of Allen or George Hill is on the floor at all times, and George Hill ends up being the far better of the two, not even a specimen like Giannis can overcome that.


MrMudkip

Flashback to Rockets vs Warriors


achyutthegoat

At least they didn't miss 27 in a row


SolarClipz

Not sure what is worse


welmoe

2018 Rockets shot 7/44 (15.9%) from 3 in Game 7. Bucks today: 4/33 (12.1%)


ErickBachman

Now we’re sure which is worse


Swarthykins

Maths.


santiagobartomeu

Id rather shoot 7/44 than 4/33 because if you shoot 4/33 that means you stopped shooting. That means you lost confidence


ArchimedesNutss

Thanks Kobe.


ElChapo1515

How is spacing out your misses better?


Zloggt

Even moreso if the other team just happens to be shooting lights out too…


BaullahBaullah87

/ ur game plan is to give a good 3 point shooting team wide open ones on their home court in game 7 lol


Riggity___3

bro they were still leaving grant williams WIDE OPEN in the 4th quarter. wtff


ITsLoverBoy

Boston shot 42% for the game lol


aeronacht

On mostly wide open 3s lmao


Swarthykins

Right, we didn't even shoot that great. Even Williams only shot 38.8%. His season average was 41.1%.


zezxz

Only shooting 2.3% lower on 18 shots vs 3.4 on the season is pretty pretty good


TheAerial

Not hitting from 3 AND no Khris? You could feel Boston salivating as they could throw like 3-4 guys at Giannis and know nobody is gonna make ‘em pay for it. Big time Game 7 Houston vs GS vibes lol.


RobbobertoBuii

they've been unfortunately miserable from 3 all series


Palifaith

I feel like coach Bud should have gone full Thibs and played a 6 man rotation this game considering George Hill and Grayson Allen combined for a grand total of 4 points on 1-16 shooting (with traffic cone type D) during game 6 and 7.


CumAssault

Find you someone that loves you as much as Bud loves George Hill George Hill is beyond washed. Boston fans should be thankful he got played so much


BaullahBaullah87

I honestly think that lost them the series. Carter is so obviously more valuable


CumAssault

Jevon is a good defender who can actually score some when asked upon Therefore Bud decides to play a guy who does neither instead


youngLupe

George Hill was starting to look washed during the Cavs final run. He shouldn't be playing significant minutes in the playoffs.


Actually-Yo-Momma

Everyone remembers the JR smith meme but conveniently forgets George Hill missing FTs that could’ve won them the game


Jojofag

Me two weeks ago before George Hill even step on the court https://www.reddit.com/r/nba/comments/ug2xhm/game_thread_milwaukee_bucks_5131_boston_celtics/i6xvqq7/


Raptorpicklezz

[George Hill thinks that he was traded because he helped lead the player walkout.](https://behindthebuckpass.com/2021/01/07/milwaukee-bucks-george-hill-dishes-bucks-departure/) No, he was traded because he sucked before he left and he sucked after he returned.


YourFairyWishPrince

I'm no fan of George Hill but he led the league in 3P% that season. Bit of revisionist history there but yeah he clearly doesn't have it anymore.


KDhairequalsJMpubes

The day Bud runs a 6 man rotation is the day D’Antoni runs a 9 man rotation


CreatiScope

Is the day Thibs doesn't play his starters 42 minutes.


Neuroxex

He did that in Game 7 against the Nets as well! Honestly I don't think Hill or Grayson had their worst game tonight, but at some point you just have to tell Pat Connaughton to play 40 minutes.


StudentOf_TheGame

Coach Bud is incapable of making adjustments l


hoopbag33

Some say Lopez is still standing in the paint while guarding Grant Williams to this day.


djapii

Wes Matthews, Grayson Allen, Pat Connaughton and George Hill combine for 6 points vs Celtics on 2/17 shooting (0/12 on threes) in 87 minutes. A shambolic performance by the Bucks supporting cast.


InexorableWaffle

Pat and (to a lesser extent) Wes deserve a break considering how they played the rest of the series. Pat was the only guy hitting from deep consistently, and even the best role players are eventually going to have an off day. Wes, meanwhile, wasn't great offensively, but he played crucial defense that made it so we even got to a game 7. Got nothing to say for Allen and Hill, though. Hill looks genuinely washed at this point, and Allen either had one horribly-timed slump or just outright doesn't work against tougher playoff defense. Wouldn't be the first time that a shooting specialist gets clamped once teams specifically try to stop them from getting to their spots.


TheNutman1287

Pat wasn't necessarily off. The Celtics made it their mission to treat him like the 2016 Cavs treated Steph. Every off ball screen was hard, every shot was contested. We knew how deadly he would be.


largehearted

This is also exactly what’s special about the Celtics defense. Switching everything gets your opponent to iso. Screen actions with role players get you jack shit because **most role players can’t score on anyone we play**. We’re amazing in rotation and executing on staying with movement shooters. Horford literally lead the league in iso possessions guarded, that’s what we give you, you can iso Horford as many times as you want. Giannis can score inefficiently on Celtics starters. Jrue can score inefficiently. Allen, Matthews, and lord knows George Hill cannot. Proceed directly to 70 offensive rating in the halfcourt. That’s not a huge mark against any of them unless you believed one of them could break down one of the Celtics starters off the dribble.


InexorableWaffle

Yeah, when you're playing against a defense that switches everything with at guys who are all at least average-to-decent defenders, your role players need to have an exceptionally quick trigger and release, because like you said, you just aren't getting that many good looks. That's part of why Pat was so solid for us this series - he worked on that shot where he doesn't even really get the ball into his shooting pocket before his motion, which meant he could get his shot off in that half-second before the defense closed in on him after off-ball action.


largehearted

Pat WAS ripping his shots and attacking the break perfectly. Pretty much any game but 7. We couldn’t double off him and had to play him as a triple threat guy.


DayMan-Ahah-ah

Pat also has that high catch & shot, can get it off so quickly that when he’s hitting shots he’s hard to guard


Sim888

https://i.imgur.com/zIzXr2X.jpg


dookification

lmao 😭


GGezpzMuppy

Damn Celtics must’ve been travelling fast to knock out the Bucks like that lol


Desertsprinter

Driver was Grant Williams can confirm


ThanosIsDoomfist

Foul lmao


sstphnn

>Foul On Theis


talking_phallus

That's a deer, not a fowl. Just because it lays eggs doesn't make it a fowl.


NeverTopComment

I love deer eggs. Yum.


JustARandomSocialist

Sim had this locked and loaded for days


Grip-Window

Never misses


AskMeHowIMetYourMom

Confirmed u/Sim888 does not play for the Bucks.


GreenySpiral

It’s just so beautiful.


holaquetaltio

What was the one u would have used with the celtics?


Sim888

haha...keeping the new one up my sleeve just in case but here's a oldie https://i.imgur.com/2o7uUqu.jpg


Meeseeks4PMinister

I admire your dedication and skill. Good shit!


ThanosIsDoomfist

Thanasis cant win with these cats smh


CatForce

Dude was so tenacious in that last minute 😤 Celtics couldn’t get anything going to the basket


Jonna09

He is the lord of garbage time.


Trickity

so a garbage timelord?


DiseaseRidden

Seriously though why the hell did he pressure Pritchard so hard when he was dribbling out the clock?


gonzofish

Because he's trying to prove he's not a nepotism hire


goldfish_11

That was his Super Bowl. Did you see him flexing afterwards? lmao


cabose12

lmfao I defended him for playing hard on the inbounds last game, but this was just ridiculous. You're down 20 and the other team is literally dribbling out the clock


Michelanvalo

He did the same thing in Game 6.


skeenerbug

NOBODY beats the bucks by 30 in a game 7


AxeliNo

Dude I couldn’t believe it when he “forced a 24 second call” when Nesmith held the ball. 8 seconds left down 30 my boy dapped up his teammate lmao


Tellsyouajoke

Best D of the night beyond the perimeter tbh


Dnels739

CANCUN!


SoCalMemePolice

OREOS!!


ProfessorBeast55

https://i.imgur.com/JzZi52P.jpg


marcjagger11

not bambi's mom bruh 😭


SoCalMemePolice

LMAO


ihatedougford

The Bucks pulled a 2018 Rockets. 4/33 on threes is absolutely pathetic


mems1224

Rockets at least put up a fight in their collapse and didn't get blown out


IAmDaleicious

Well they were a better team imo. That 2018 Rockets was one of the best to never win.


jsung19

GG Bucks. Sucks you had to do it without Khris, would have made this series even crazier than it already was. Hope we both get to run it back same time next year


cooldudeman007

Anyone talking about anything other than the bucks giving up an unbelievable amount of open 3’s is taking the piss. I’m dropping 21 with those looks


Riggity___3

seriously. ppl really tryna make excuses for the bucks practically intentionally leaving grant williams **wide open** all game in a game 7? those were just inexcusable defensive lapses. it's not like they even had hands in his face but just didn't jump. they often didn't even close out on him. that was terrible.


PM_FORBUTTSTUFF

Grant Williams, a 41% 3pt shooter. He hasn’t been great for long but definitely not the guy you want to be daring to shoot


SabreToothMyrrh

"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me \*checks notes\* 18 times, shame on you we stopped you from getting paint points." ​ \~ Mike Budenholzer


sivervipa

Unfortunately that strategy only works if you can match the 3pt shooting or atleast match it with points in the paint. If they hit 10 three’s and got to the line more they could have kept it close.


cooldudeman007

I can count on one hand the amount of Bucks attempted threes where the shooter actually had his feet set and shot in rhythm. Pat, Grayson Allen, Brook Lopez, Wes Matthew’s, etc, just absolutely chucking. Painful to watch


ALBERTSONSENGINEER

Giannis didn't look like himself but neither did his teammates. He played his heart out throughout the series but couldn't do it tonight. Middleton would've helped so much here.


chio151

Giannis had a historically productive series. First player in NBA history with 200 points 100 rebounds and 50 assists in a series. He was dead tired at the end but gave every last ounce.


MNIceMan44

Nobody will see this, but I got medication and it's made my life so much better


BamsMovingScreens

I’m happy for you man, get that life you deserve


nevermindthatyoudope

Good for you. I don't know you but I'm proud of anyone taking a positive step.


RageOnGoneDo

Post up. *Brick.* Bank shot. *Brick.* ISO. *Brick.* Free throw. *Brick.* Pass out. *Brick.* Sub in. *Brick.* Faded. *Brick.* Faded *Brick.*


sviraltp7101

Okay, now open your mind and listen to me, Giannis I'm in your conscience if you miss these free throws then you will be history Giannis I know that you're brickin right now and I'm trying to lead you to victory Giannis If I make another damn charge I'ma foul out this game I'm abusing my limit


RageOnGoneDo

I think that I'm feelin the drive, I see the blood in their eyes. I see his feet set the white referee gives me a surprise


sviraltp7101

This how they capitalize, this is made threes all the time Then apparently, I'm over influenced by all of the good calls and all the star treatment I usually receive


mrsunsfan

Why you bricking only two or three shots


_Wado3000

imma show you how to turnover a lot


ChadAlphaFish

Lol is this swimming pools?


SavingUsefulStuff

Look I done grew up round some people livin they life in bottles


TheCounsler

Granddaddy Al had that golden 3, step back everyday in Milwaukee


oxymoron099

Some people like the way it feels, some people wanna kill their sorrows


ArchimedesNutss

I was in a loud room, Jayson boomed Bucks rotation not improved


KorgG29

Faded :(


jancasellass

I just wonder how high level athletes can shoot that bad from 3 in an elimination game


BamsMovingScreens

Not just high level athletes, guys who were literally only acquired to do that and play an ounce of defense.


BaltimoreBadger23

Congrats to the Celtics. Hell of a series. Without Middleton we clearly don't have enough to beat a complete team like the Celtics. Good luck moving forward.


elcapitandemundo

GG, awesome series, Giannis and Holiday have my forever respect. hope we can rematch this at full strength next year bro


BaltimoreBadger23

No offense, but I hope we never play you in the playoffs again. Good luck against the Heat.


elcapitandemundo

Lmfaoo honestly wouldn’t mind that either now that I think about it


AlabasterRadio

You're gonna hear a ton of Giannis slander in the coming months. They're wrong that man took this to 7, the amount of other guys in the nba that could do that right now is 1. Him.


jdro120

Agreed. Giannis took on the best defense in the nba by himself and made it go 7 games. Man is next level and deserves nothing but respect.


KuchEconomy

I appreciate the love from Celtics fans. Watching my team play against that Celtics defense for 7 games was some of the most unfun shit i've ever had to watch. It was smothering, I never want to see that iteration of the Celtics ever again <3.


sutroheights

KD took his series against the Celtics to 4.


BaltimoreBadger23

I'm sure the trolls will, but real fans know exactly who he is and what he means.


iplaytolwinthegame

When his fanbase compares his dominance and career trajectory to other greats like LeBron, Shaq, etc, some of it is fair criticism to be honest. All great players have gone through it. LeBron dominated the eastern conference for over a decade, making numerous ECFs and finals appearances, championships, and his greatness ~~was~~ is still questioned.


calm_down_meow

I don't see how any Bucks fan can watch those games and think lower of him at all.


DIsco_Peaches

What possible reason would there be any Giannis slander


Neuroxex

There's just people who don't like him, and they'll hang a banner any time he loses. Same with folks that hate LeBron, Curry, Embiid, Jokic, all the great players get those kind of people.


Get_Slapped

Gotta feel a little for Giannis, knew he was exhausted after the Game 6 performance and tried to get his teammates going early in the 1st half. Unfortunately for him they were colder than ice from beyond the arc and Celtics could just protect the paint. Wish Middleton played, would've been an even better series!


BaltimoreBadger23

It's tough carrying 4 other grown men 48 minutes a night.


senor_zanjeer

Celtics deserved that 100% but man the Bucks miss Middelton. Hopefully his haters will realize how important he is. Bucks will always be good with their Big 3 + Brook but they need to move on from Hill


RansomGoddard

Even when Middleton isn’t having a good game his mere presence takes some of the pressure off Giannis. I don’t care how great of a player you are, you need a #2 the other team is worried about getting hot.


legendarytigre

He *is* the snack that smiles back after all


Udreezus

Celtics played a hell of a series. That team has been on this trajectory for years and built the perfect roster for their style of play. Wont be surprised if they go all the way, gg


YouStillTakeDamage

The heavy slander will come because that’s just how sports culture is but this was a super impressive fight from the Bucks that just ran out of it in this game. Without their second best player for the entire series and they went the distance, Giannis was putting in otherworldly performances. It’s clear they were the defending champions, they’re going to be contenders for a Damn while.


SnowceanJay

I AM HAPPY BUT SAD WE ARE THE ONES RIPPING THESE GREAT BUCKS OFF A REPEAT. GIANNIS IS WHOLESOME. WHY AM I YELLING?!


scroto_gaggins

People are really calling the bucks frauds? Giannis took the Celtics to game 7 without middleton. His teammates just couldn’t show up.


TheNutman1287

And he won twice IN Boston. Like...wtf. the Bucks are a great team. This series was brutal.


celticsxarmy

You said it yourself. **Giannis** took them to game 7. Damn near the rest of that entire team did not play like defending champions regardless of not having Middleton. Abysmal shooting and effort across the board.


UnrealJoe

I think Brooke played pretty well but yeah, the rest of it was just pathetic.


fpscott

Grant Williams out of nowhere.


sstphnn

Just like Batman


SomeSpencerGuy

Bench players let us down so hard this entire series from 3. Congrats to Boston, definitely the better team in the series. Also I miss you Khris get healthy pls


JayDee62

I hate Grayson Allen even more after this series.


dk240996

So wait, you can't just leave everyone open for every possible three and win a series?


oliverlifts

It’s weird how drop defense doesn’t work against teams that hit 3s


nigelli

It was sort of insane to watch. They made Grant Williams look like Seth Curry tonight. Even Pritchard and that other dude got in on it at the end. How the fuck your deficit increase with Tatum out?


itokdontcry

You know it’s bad when White makes a 3


Swarthykins

Williams hit 38.9% tonight, below his season average of 41.1%. They basically left him open all night for 18 3s. Which, I get that it's your strategy, but, you know, maybe be a little flexible in Game 7 when the game's getting out of hand.


Budlight_year

you probably could if you the wide open threes you get on the other side actually went in


Zeech360

They won a champion doing it. And took a contender to 7 without Middleton doing it.


WhenItsHalfPastFive

forreal everyone is pretending like the Bucks choked, they got pretty damn far without their second best scoring option. That's a great effort imo, game 7 just got away from them but to push the Celtics to 7 is impressive.


Affectionate_Year_14

Somehow it worked last year


bebbsgsns--s

FUCK GRAYSON ALLEN


PointlessDelegation

Ted Cruz lookin’ motherfucker


TouchdownRaiden

FUCK TED CRUZ


flaminhotcheeto

Grayson gonna grow a beard this off season isn't he


Jtryan1303

Pretty Sure he was already sighted at the Airport to Cancun


your_welcome11

Boy band Ted Cruz


CumAssault

Fire Bud train rolls on for the next few months


3illyEdgar

They werent bucks tonight they were bricks


sundevilfb88

Great series.


Pasta_ssempa

Really missed Middleton


dokocha0216

Grayson Allen really wanted to be hated by every team in the leauge lmaooo


crowd79

PAIN. At least we won it last year. No one can ever take that away. First in 50 years. Boston was clearly a better team and deserved to win the series. They exploited all our weaknesses. Our coach being one of them and our 3pt defense & atrocious shooting without Middleton. Good luck to Boston the rest of the way. We’ll be back!


AlabasterRadio

It took balls for Williams to name name himself Batman but here are.


EarthWarping

It's been said a ton, but man it's so hard to repeat in the NBA. Just shows when the Warriors/Heat do it, it's historical.


south153

The nba is the easiest of the big 4 sports to repeat in, but yea its still hard. Since 2000: NHL: 2 MLB: 0 NFL: 1 NBA: 4


mrtmra

I am convinced hockey is 70% luck sport.


compstomper1

it is. it's the highest variability to skill sport


Fickle_Muffin_1320

PJ Tucker. You replaced PJ with Grayson Allen.


paradoxofchoice

Grayson Allen over me!


FireBeeChin

now you know why ppl have been saying bud needs a new game plan and why he was under fire before winning last year


LacedGod

In case anyone forgot what LeBron did for 10 straight years and how incredibly low the odds are we will ever see anything like it again…


taeem

Bill Simmons is gonna be insufferable lol


AutographedSnorkel

Giannis is gonna have plenty of time to finish off that jar of oreos now


DrumzRUs

THE BUCK STOPS HERE


volantredx

Grayson Allen really used all his talent up just to beat the Bulls, huh?


Chadwiko

Giannis is the undisputed best player in the world and anyone pretending otherwise because the Celtics won today is insane.


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