By - twistedlogicx
Holliday, Matthews, Allen, Lopez, and Connaughton going 1/24 on 3’s is damn near impossible to overcome
They all got outscored by a [YouTuber](https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FS1OLMRVIAALvQz?format=jpg&name=small)
that kid's tall he should try basketball
4/33 from 3 in an elimination game is less than ideal
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
Meanwhile the bucks packed the paint even when the Celtics were shooting lights out
I don't even bother to understand Bud
You can't understand random.
You live by the random. You die by the random.
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
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.
Terrible coach who got saved by Giannis going beastmode in the playoffs last year
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.
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...
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.
I don't think you can say Portis stepped up even remotely, he shot 4-22 from three this series.
Every memory I had of Portis in the regular season, he was a stud...
but then this.
It's really disappointing, just hit a cold stretch at the worst possible moment.
He was great on the boards in game 5
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.
Brook just didn't have the endurance. He would slow down big time in the 2nd half like every game.
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.
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.
Love Bobby but he was ass most of the series. Brook was up and down.
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.
Exactly, him and Giannis got worked to the absolute bone and I'm not gonna be pissy if their performance struggled for it.
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
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
Dude what about the coach?
Only plan he had seems to be Giannis
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
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.
Flashback to Rockets vs Warriors
At least they didn't miss 27 in a row
Not sure what is worse
2018 Rockets shot 7/44 (15.9%) from 3 in Game 7.
Bucks today: 4/33 (12.1%)
Now we’re sure which is worse
Id rather shoot 7/44 than 4/33 because if you shoot 4/33 that means you stopped shooting. That means you lost confidence
How is spacing out your misses better?
Even moreso if the other team just happens to be shooting lights out too…
/ ur game plan is to give a good 3 point shooting team wide open ones on their home court in game 7 lol
bro they were still leaving grant williams WIDE OPEN in the 4th quarter. wtff
Boston shot 42% for the game lol
On mostly wide open 3s lmao
Right, we didn't even shoot that great. Even Williams only shot 38.8%. His season average was 41.1%.
Only shooting 2.3% lower on 18 shots vs 3.4 on the season is pretty pretty good
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.
they've been unfortunately miserable from 3 all series
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.
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
I honestly think that lost them the series. Carter is so obviously more valuable
Jevon is a good defender who can actually score some when asked upon
Therefore Bud decides to play a guy who does neither instead
George Hill was starting to look washed during the Cavs final run. He shouldn't be playing significant minutes in the playoffs.
Everyone remembers the JR smith meme but conveniently forgets George Hill missing FTs that could’ve won them the game
Me two weeks ago before George Hill even step on the court
[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.
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.
The day Bud runs a 6 man rotation is the day D’Antoni runs a 9 man rotation
Is the day Thibs doesn't play his starters 42 minutes.
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.
Coach Bud is incapable of making adjustments l
Some say Lopez is still standing in the paint while guarding Grant Williams to this day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pat also has that high catch & shot, can get it off so quickly that when he’s hitting shots he’s hard to guard
Damn Celtics must’ve been travelling fast to knock out the Bucks like that lol
Driver was Grant Williams can confirm
That's a deer, not a fowl. Just because it lays eggs doesn't make it a fowl.
I love deer eggs. Yum.
Sim had this locked and loaded for days
Confirmed u/Sim888 does not play for the Bucks.
It’s just so beautiful.
What was the one u would have used with the celtics?
haha...keeping the new one up my sleeve just in case but here's a oldie https://i.imgur.com/2o7uUqu.jpg
I admire your dedication and skill. Good shit!
Thanasis cant win with these cats smh
Dude was so tenacious in that last minute 😤 Celtics couldn’t get anything going to the basket
He is the lord of garbage time.
so a garbage timelord?
Seriously though why the hell did he pressure Pritchard so hard when he was dribbling out the clock?
Because he's trying to prove he's not a nepotism hire
That was his Super Bowl. Did you see him flexing afterwards? lmao
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
He did the same thing in Game 6.
NOBODY beats the bucks by 30 in a game 7
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
Best D of the night beyond the perimeter tbh
not bambi's mom bruh 😭
The Bucks pulled a 2018 Rockets. 4/33 on threes is absolutely pathetic
Rockets at least put up a fight in their collapse and didn't get blown out
Well they were a better team imo. That 2018 Rockets was one of the best to never win.
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
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
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.
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
"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me \*checks notes\* 18 times, shame on you we stopped you from getting paint points."
\~ Mike Budenholzer
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.
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
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.
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.
Nobody will see this, but I got medication and it's made my life so much better
I’m happy for you man, get that life you deserve
Good for you. I don't know you but I'm proud of anyone taking a positive step.
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
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
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
Why you bricking only two or three shots
imma show you how to turnover a lot
Lol is this swimming pools?
Look I done grew up round some people livin they life in bottles
Granddaddy Al had that golden 3,
step back everyday in Milwaukee
Some people like the way it feels, some people wanna kill their sorrows
I was in a loud room, Jayson boomed
Bucks rotation not improved
I just wonder how high level athletes can shoot that bad from 3 in an elimination game
Not just high level athletes, guys who were literally only acquired to do that and play an ounce of defense.
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.
GG, awesome series, Giannis and Holiday have my forever respect. hope we can rematch this at full strength next year bro
No offense, but I hope we never play you in the playoffs again. Good luck against the Heat.
Lmfaoo honestly wouldn’t mind that either now that I think about it
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.
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.
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.
KD took his series against the Celtics to 4.
I'm sure the trolls will, but real fans know exactly who he is and what he means.
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.
I don't see how any Bucks fan can watch those games and think lower of him at all.
What possible reason would there be any Giannis slander
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.
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!
It's tough carrying 4 other grown men 48 minutes a night.
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
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.
He *is* the snack that smiles back after all
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
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.
I AM HAPPY BUT SAD WE ARE THE ONES RIPPING THESE GREAT BUCKS OFF A REPEAT. GIANNIS IS WHOLESOME.
WHY AM I YELLING?!
People are really calling the bucks frauds? Giannis took the Celtics to game 7 without middleton. His teammates just couldn’t show up.
And he won twice IN Boston. Like...wtf. the Bucks are a great team. This series was brutal.
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.
I think Brooke played pretty well but yeah, the rest of it was just pathetic.
Grant Williams out of nowhere.
Just like Batman
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
I hate Grayson Allen even more after this series.
So wait, you can't just leave everyone open for every possible three and win a series?
It’s weird how drop defense doesn’t work against teams that hit 3s
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?
You know it’s bad when White makes a 3
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.
you probably could if you the wide open threes you get on the other side actually went in
They won a champion doing it. And took a contender to 7 without Middleton doing it.
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.
Somehow it worked last year
FUCK GRAYSON ALLEN
Ted Cruz lookin’ motherfucker
FUCK TED CRUZ
Grayson gonna grow a beard this off season isn't he
Pretty Sure he was already sighted at the Airport to Cancun
Boy band Ted Cruz
Fire Bud train rolls on for the next few months
They werent bucks tonight they were bricks
Really missed Middleton
Grayson Allen really wanted to be hated by every team in the leauge lmaooo
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!
It took balls for Williams to name name himself Batman but here are.
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.
The nba is the easiest of the big 4 sports to repeat in, but yea its still hard.
I am convinced hockey is 70% luck sport.
it is. it's the highest variability to skill sport
PJ Tucker. You replaced PJ with Grayson Allen.
Grayson Allen over me!
now you know why ppl have been saying bud needs a new game plan and why he was under fire before winning last year
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…
Bill Simmons is gonna be insufferable lol
Giannis is gonna have plenty of time to finish off that jar of oreos now
THE BUCK STOPS HERE
Grayson Allen really used all his talent up just to beat the Bulls, huh?
Giannis is the undisputed best player in the world and anyone pretending otherwise because the Celtics won today is insane.