Bucks Defeat Hawks 113-102; Take 2-1 Series Lead

By Adam Roberts – 6/28/2021

The night started out quite poorly for the Milwaukee Bucks last night in Atlanta, giving many people trepidation that playoff Bucks basketball from the last few seasons was about to rear its ugly head.

Cue Playoff Khris Middleton.

Unlike postseasons of late, this run for Milwaukee has seen a handful of clutch rebound performances for the team. Look to Game Seven of the Nets series or Game Two of this current ECF series against the Hawks. Last night’s rebound was in-game, with Middleton scoring a playoff career high-tying 38 in a 113-102 Milwaukee win. Middleton went 6-11 on contested shots in the fourth quarter while scoring 20 of his 38, and hit six of his 12 three point attempts on the night.

On the other side of the ball, Atlanta’s Trae Young suffered a freak ankle sprain after stepping on an official’s foot, slowing down what was once again the primary source of Atlanta’s offensive output. He played in the fourth quarter but appeared to be in at least a little pain. *UPDATE* Young is officially listed as questionable for Game Four with a bone bruise in his right foot.

The Bucks take a 2-1 series lead into Game Four; coverage begins at 7pm tomorrow evening on ESPN La Crosse 105.5 and here on espnlacrosse.com!