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Whereas always, Ah, Madam, are Breck talking all things n b a.
And we come to you on the heels off, say shocking in terms of the intro to the Milwaukee Bucks in Miami.
But Miami, on the strength of Jimmy Butler's performance, takes Game one against the Bucks.
We saw the Celtics take Game one against Toronto again statement being made by either one of these teams, but it at least makes you take a step back and ****yze.
How did you go about losing? And what is it gonna look like going forward in this series, much like the, uh, Siri's there with the Celtics and the Toronto Raptors? You thought about who is considered to be the leader of that team? Who needs toe have the best performance for Toronto in order to move on in the playoffs? And that, of course, is going to be Pascal.
Siachen so gets into some foul trouble, has an off night.
The team overall really struggles from the field, and you can kind of understand why they find themselves losing that game.
And maybe it's one that you don't overreact to because all things being equal, you anticipate better shooting better performances from the team overall, including Kyle Lowry and Van Fleet, right? I mean, these air kind of outliers in terms off the game that they had.
You go over to this Miami Heat Milwaukee Bucks. Siri's already.
Maybe the curiosity going down to the bubble and heading towards the playoffs for Milwaukee was.
We know that last year, right? We know this sense of coming up a little bit short on what the opportunity was for them.
So you want to see them kind of kickoff that rust and come in with a full head of steam.
They don't look entirely in synch over the eight game restart.
They lose that first game against Orlando.
Listen, not a team with injuries.
And just from a talent to talent standpoint, we're going to stand in the way of Milwaukee, so they ultimately take care of them.
Now you get inside of this series against the Miami Heat and listen.
The question has to be asked and was asked of the honest after the game.
Why did you choose not to switch on to Jimmy Butler as he was going through this big performance there, really throughout the entirety this game, but especially there in the fourth quarter before we get that reaction from Yonas going to those stat lines going to the numbers here you are talking about a team in the heat that you know, shot 38 nearly 39% from beyond the arc, 46% from the field overall and really knocked down at the line there, 25 of 27 nearly 93%.
Of course, we have the 40 point performance from Butler drag.
It really comes up huge here.
The ageless wonder there for Miami, who goes nine of 15 from the field and kicks in 27 as well.
There are other performances, including at a bio who we only had 12 points but, of course, gave you that 17 rebound performance and six assists to go along with it.
So there's always other little pieces and components that come around it.
But at the end of the day, you talk about what Jimmy Butler was for one year for the Philadelphia 76 ers and maybe what they lost by not having him back there this year in the playoffs and the imprint that he can put on this team.
He's not a great three point shooter.
Only put up two in this contest and knocked them both down, by the way, 12 13 at the line.
You know the conversations around family coming into the bubble, he said.
This is a business trip for me.
Obviously, I miss family respects.
Everyone who chose toe have some of their family members come in, but he's there to play.
He is there to perform.
He's there to try to help move the Miami Heat out of this first round.
And on the flip side of it, you know, for as strong and 21 point performance. Four.
Middleton in the first half came up very small in the second half, as did Ah Brooks as well there.
Brook Lopez. Excuse me.
You know, 24 from from Lopez, 28 from Middleton, but only a seven point second half for Middleton.
Five points for Brook Lopez.
18 points for you, Honest on 6 to 12 shooting two of five from deep.
The big glaring statement.
Remember, we talked about those numbers for Miami at the line 14 of 26 4, the Milwaukee Bucks from the free throw line and four of 12 shooting performance there.
The charity stripe for you, honest.
So now the only thing that I wonder here really from a Milwaukee standpoint, is to you honest, his reply was, Why would you ask that question, basically, is what he said to the reporter.
I know I play the way that our coach tells us to.
I take the assignment that our coach wants us to take.
I'm not really here.
The question What he thinks the Beth Beth methodology is my curiosity, really, in some ways is the big picture thing off.
A lot of times you talk about superstars and where we want them to go on a year to year basis, the accomplishments, the benchmark.
So we look for them to pass, you know, so money.
So much of the things that we like about Johannes include the idea of wants to stay in Milwaukee, right? Likes it there.
Maybe his low key personality is better suited to be in a slightly quote, smaller market around the MBA.
But do you need someone that they can get a little demonstrative and as much of a Greek freak as he is, the idea that he could have a relatively quiet night in the playoff game is really a lot of ways unthinkable.
You know, when you see this starting to get away from Milwaukee, when you feel like maybe if they lose 1 15 10 for that, things are trying to slip.
She needs to take over and start to dominate.
There's no one that should that he wants us on.
The feels borderline unacceptable.
You think about the fact they had three fouls there in early in the game in the first half.
So they sat him a little bit, still ends up playing 37 minutes overall, and he's the kind of guy who can control himself in that regard and not really get into foul trouble later in the game.
I just don't know.
You know you thought about it going back to that Clippers maverick Siri's where that inbounds play Luca hits that big buzzer beater there to give the Mavs that win.
And it was, you know, would you prefer co y Leonard to stay on Luca there and challenge him on that three point shot.
Of course you would.
You want the best player and in that scenario, the best defensive player that you have to take on the best shooter, the guy that you knew 100% is going to be on the bowl for that final shot.
Likewise, for Miami down the stretch, we've seen the best characteristic both this season and then going forward when you think about what this team can do if they asked in pieces in the off season is Jimmy Butler is not afraid of the big moment and not afraid to take over and Dominy down the stretches of these games to help close them out.
And that's when you need Johannes to get in front of them and to be the stopper that shuts that down, force the ball somewhere else.
It was gonna be drug.
It's if it's gonna be Robinson.
Wherever you want a point to it, somebody else is gonna have to step up on Beach.
And by the way, 26 minutes, in spite of a big shot there, I think, uh, off the hands of Robinson leader in the fourth quarter, their hero, actually off the bench, had a Big Three late in this one as well.
You're talking about Robinson giving you 26 minutes, one of four.
All the shots coming from deep.
Just got to the line one time there gave you four points, three assists and a rebound to go along with those four personal fouls.
I mean, you point that point anywhere else on this court for Miami and say, I'll take my chances on whether or not auto Bio can knock down a middle mid range jumper if the lane is congested.
When you have Brook Lopez in there, I'll take my chances on a quality contributor on a championship aspiring team like Crowder that he can knock down these open looks with consistency.
Ah, you know you go.
You think about the Jazz game against the Nuggets as well.
That series overall, where you say at some point, you want to take the ball.
If you're maybe the Jazz and you're up in this series 31 and now you find yourself tired and going to a Game seven tonight, take the ball out of Jamal Murray's hands.
Make the Joker, even though you think that shouldn't be hard from a do So make somebody else beat you down the stretch of these games because you're seeing someone is consistently doing it time and time again.
Is this again? Am I gonna overreact to this first game the way? Maybe I got a little bit overexcited about Portland against L.
A in that first game of that series? No, because I think the adjustments can come here.
And I think that ah ya, honest can start to ramp it up when he needs to.
One of the question marks I do have, though, and we said this before, I think in general is Is Middleton a true number two? Or is he really Ah, high level beneficiary of having the honest there and then even in some ways, to a meme brook Lopez of that perimeter shot? Is he benefiting very much from those two key pieces? One of the best players in the N B. A.
And then one of the best perimeter shooting bigs in the MBA right now in Brook Lopez.
So is he benefiting from that? And does he have the true number to take over a game when the superstar needs the night? Whatever the case, maybe That's something that I'm keeping an eye on.
Because depending on how this Siri's plays out in the big picture, it's going to impact what Milwaukee looks at this roster and says, Where do we need to go? What adjustments do we need to make? But again, all these ills get cured.
If yon it starts to get a little bit more dominant and I think he can do that.
This is a dangerous Siris for them because you have Erik Spoelstra on the other side for the Heat.
Has a ton of coaching experience, has a ton of options in terms of how he wants to approach the defensive side.
Both of these teams one o'clock, the paint up on and really prevent you from getting into the basket.
And then, overall, you think Miami not the strongest three point shooting team.
You think about Butler and him being on the ball late in games vs Milwaukee.
It should all come out in the wash and be a series win for Milwaukee.
But Boy does at least this first performance and especially Jimmy Butler asserting himself in really making a statement in game number one go ahead and set us up for for a very exciting game.
And then hopefully a very deep and exciting.
Ah, Siri's here between these two teams.
Still expect, obviously, for to go deep.
I wasn't anticipating that Milwaukee should come out and dominate this and win it in five.
This is a minimum.
And now, with Miami winning a minimum six case game, Siri's maybe goes to seven.
Likewise, for the Toronto in Boston, Siri's to.
And that's what you want in the second round of the playoffs.
We want to see some contention here, and we saw things get started to get a little bit chippy.
Over the course of this one.
I expect Jimmy Butler, by the way, to be an irritant and a nuisance for ya.
Honest, for Middleton, for for anybody on the Milwaukee Bucks side of things.
So right now, this is that threshold that you're looking to push through.
If you're Milwaukee, your championship aspirations are being tested from last year coming into this season.
Now that's record in the n B A.
You've got ah, the defensive player of the year in the honest.
He could be in line to get the M V P of the league this year is well, those accolades mean nothing if you don't make it out of the second round.
If you're not playing to go to the finals of this season than all of these, all of these accomplishments, individual accomplishments that you're getting for ya, honest, are going to really fall by the wayside as he moves through.
You know, the middle middle portion, early portion of his career, that being the case, it's going to be exciting.
I mentioned before that some great games on tonight, obviously a Game seven coming our way.
So check that out.
Keep an eye out for Matt Brooks.
He'll be coming in here and doing his thing today as well, Along with Keith McPherson and Simeon Russell, all the guys here on N B A news cycle on SportsCastr platform.
As always on Madame arming, I thank you for checking in with us and we will catch up with you soon.