Milwaukee – George Hill wants to understand how this story is told. That's true, he said. In fact, he jumped into a cool lake to save the Paul George hit a few years ago.
He returned when Hill and George were teammates at the Indiana Pacers. Since both self-identifying "fixed" a lover and animal lover, Hill just had to jump after the dog when he saw that he was trying to keep his head above the water.
"I'm just crazy because the water was so cold," Hill said.
Hill is approaching his role on Milwaukee Bucks much in the way he saved the struggling puppy: He is ready when he is summoned and proud of his selflessness. Along with being a proven shooter, these features made it very suitable for the Milwaukee system.
The Bucks have put their depths throughout the season and Hill, along with the rest of Bench Mob, has often been the creator of the playoffs gap. Entering the finals of the Eastern Conference, Milwaukee's bench ranked third in a match, third in a goal, first with 3 points and second in assists.
The 125-103 game 2 victory against Toronto Raptors on Friday night, Bucks 'bench outscored on Raptors' backups 54-39. Milwaukee scored the most points in the first half of play in the playoffs (64) over the past 20 seasons, and Bucks headed for Toronto in Scotiabank Arena for Match 3 on Sunday with a 2-0 lead.
"They can compete with the rest of the rest of the team," Bucks says, climbing the Milwaukee bench.
Not for the first time in this time, Milwaukee players were serious collaborators. Buck owed his victory to the 3 rd game Boston Celtics in the semifinals of the third-quarter conference run by the bench; Hill took over Boston players.
But in the final of the conference the difference between the depths of the two teams was obvious. Toronto's starting lineup tried to find chemistry and Kawhi Leonard did not get much help in Game 2 because only two other Raptors finished with double digits. It was not much better for Toronto in Match 1 as only three Raptors finished in double digits – and Milwaukee reserve pilot Malcolm Broghmond prevailed over the visiting team bench.
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The depth of Toronto was stretching on Friday as it started the center Marc Gasol, who was a match for Bucks, only scored two points in 19 minutes on a 1-0 shooting from the field. Pascal Siakam, the official finalist for the best-ever player for this season, died in 26 minutes with eight points and was defeated by Yanis Anetokunmpoo.
Raptors rely on Fred VanVleet, Serge Ibaka and Norman Powell to play strong rotation minutes in this series; forward OG Anunoby is not yet close to the game because of an emergency apendectomy just before the start of the postseason. VanVleet fought significantly, firing only 28.4% of the post-season players, and Ibaka was the only reserve on average for more than 20 minutes in the playoffs. Powell had a strong game of 2 (14 points, 6 of 9 goals), but before Friday, Toronto's chief coach Nick Sister did not play it more than 20 minutes after the first round against Orlando Magic.
"I thought their boys came and really … when we stepped back from a bad start, I think we got to 14-9 at a time, then these guys came and went," said the nurse for the Milwaukee reserves. ,
Mike Budenholtz broke down how Janis Anetkounmpo's efforts fueled the work of Bucks 'team in Raptors' Game 2.
On the other hand, Milwaukee's bench bounced off its performance (except for Udder) in Match 1. After the game on Wednesday, Hill (0-6 in Match 1) sat in front of his locker and explained that it was a good victory, that they were trying to deal with Bench Mob. From the neighboring locker, the Pat Konatton wing appeared.
"Somehow we murmur, but Malcolm Broghden took our average value," Connaughton said, smiling.
In Game 2, Milwaukee's bench bounced back, and Brogdon, who scored 14 points and made three 3 points, again made a big impact to support the high 30 points of the Antetokounmpo team. Broghden was not alone.
At one point the reserve suburban Ersan Ilyasova pinned a deep 3-point and the crowd began to chant his name. Normally, this honor is reserved for Antetokounmpo or Middleton.
Hill scored 13 points and won five rebounds on Friday, and Ilyasova finished 17 points and best plus and minus of plus-22. The duo won a trip to the podium of the postgame along with Antetokounmpo.
Six Buck players ended up with doubles in Match 2 and offset their scarce 1-game Brook Lopez (six-point, 1-on-7 shooting) and Eric Bledso points (8 points, 3 out of 10).
These big contributions have allowed Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer to play Antetokounmpo in just 34 minutes. Leonard et al Kyle Lowry was playing for at least 38 minutes, although Toronto was pulling off at the end of the match. Milwaukee was not only better than Toronto so far in this series, but its key players are getting fresh as well, thanks to their confident second link.
"Well, something is that this is the beauty of our team," Ilyasova said. "Everybody wants to watch the bench, we have a deep bench and we rely on each other throughout the season, and we obviously learned a lesson from Game 1 in this game, and all of the gates were ready, especially the bench.
"I think the initial five sets the tone, and we just have to do the same."