Khris Middleton knocked down the game-winning jumper in OT for the Milwaukee Bucks this afternoon against the Miami Heat.
The Milwaukee Bucks got off to a good start in their revenge first round series against the Miami Heat. These are two teams which faced each other in the playoffs last year.
Miami came off distinctly the better of the two sides, exposing Giannis’ one-dimensional game through the first 3 games of the series and taking an unbeatable 3-0 series lead at the time before the Greek Freak got injured.
The game went into OT after Jimmy Butler overcame a wretched shooting night to tie the game as the clock expired. This Butler shot came as Giannis guarded him out on the perimeter with 5 seconds left in the game.
Giannis was also the player responsible for missing the free throws which left the Bucks vulnerable to a 3-pointer. Thankfully for them, Jimmy Butler was unable to fashion a 3-pointer for himself or his teammates.
Skip Bayless says Khris Middleton ‘saved’ Giannis Antetokounmpo despite another double-double
The match went into OT with the Heat carrying all the momentum on their side. But Khris Middleton was not having this, coming good for the Bucks in a fashion that he’s done successfully for several years.
The Heat were able to tie the game down 3 points with less than 10 seconds left through a Dragic 3-pointer. However, the Bucks came down the floor through Middleton, who swished a mid-range elbow jumper with 0.5 seconds left.
This gave Jimmy no time to release the final shot of the game as he was blocked by Jrue Holiday. Skip Bayless lauded Middleton and Holiday’s clutch performances while lambasting Giannis for ‘yet another lacklustre performance’.
Middleton and Holiday just saved what’s left of Giannis’ playoff reputation by taking him off the hook with a game-winning jumper (Middleton) and game-saving breakaway bucket and block (Holiday).
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) May 22, 2021
Is this hate from Skip justified? To a certain extent, absolutely! The Heat are far from the biggest test the Bucks will face these playoffs. They’ll need him to be more efficient in upcoming games to make up for the Heat’s superior perimeter shooting.