Mitchell signs 28 points, including the decisive ones in the final 107-95 Utah in Milwaukee. Antetokounmpo only holder available: third defeat in a row
On the one hand, a healthy team, which won 5 of their first 6 games: Utah. On the other hand, one who lacks health, so much so that only one in 5 owners is available and who loses another piece by the way, Rodney Hood. There is also this in the victory of the Jazz in Milwaukee, with the broken champions who collect the third defeat in a row and find themselves with an unexpected losing record (3-4) that does not tell what is happening to them. Yes, the Bucks lose, but most of these defeats can be explained by the loneliness of Giannis Antetokounmpo, the last holder left at the Bucks. The infirmary full of Milwaukee does not detract from the enormous merits of the Jazz, dragged by the 28 points of Donovan Mitchell who in the last 100 seconds has put the 4 consecutive that have extinguished the dreams of Bucks comeback.
“We fought as a group, we couldn’t win but we worked – says coach Bud at the end of the race -. We have many injuries but we have to play, continue to grow and develop. Hoping to find someone soon ”. Milwaukee hopes that the cavalry will be able to arrive on Tuesday against Detroit, when Budenholzer expects to find Jrue Holiday (sprained right ankle) and that the malaise that has spread Khris Middleton in the hours preceding the challenge with Utah (“Covid does not exist come in ”Bud hastened to point out) is just a passenger. Impossible to do more with this group: perhaps if Giannis (25 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists) had played as in the 50-point show of Game 6 of the Finals, the Bucks could have finished better, but the Greek is also bruised and is however it was the best of his. The contribution of Grayson Allen is important (18 points with 5 triples), all energy that of Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Giannis’ brother, who closes with 10 points, 9 rebounds and 3 steals again as a starter and gains the confidence of the coach. The problem remains, however, the injuries: until he regains his stars, Milwaukee will have to continue trying to limit the damage. The defeats say that for now he is not succeeding, but that things could soon change.
The Jazz close with 4 players in double figures and confirm themselves as a splendid orchestra with a splendid soloist, Mitchell. His 11 points in the fourth period were decisive, especially the 4 that killed the last Bucks comeback. “I think I can have an impact on the game at any time, but I’m ready to do what it takes to win,” says the Utah star after the match. Mike Conley shone next to him in the backcourt, 20 points with 4 triples on target. Rudy Gobert did not have a major impact on offense (9 points), but on defense he raised the usual impassable block with 4 blocks, part of the reason why the Bucks shot 40.6%. Despite the sprint start and best record in the West, Coach Snyder feels Utah still has a lot of work to do. “We’re not shooting well, but if you don’t try the ball won’t go in – he says -. We have to maintain confidence, we know we have good shooters in the team ”.
Utah sprints immediately, dragged by Mitchell’s 10 points to 30-23 of the first siren, which widens to 46-33 in the middle of the second set. Milwaukee does not collapse, tries to check the damage before the break (57-48 Jazz) and then shortens in the opening of the second half, but at 68-63 he collects a 16-4 run that Clarkson closes at 84-67 just before the third siren. The Bucks have the hearts of champions and do not give up even when Clarkson scores 97-84 with 4’25 ”to play. Allen with his triple reopens the match (99-95 with 100 ”from the end), but Mitchell closes it with 4 consecutive points that deliver the victory to Utah and open some small crack in the certainties of Milwaukee.
Milwaukee: G. Antetokounmpo 25 (7/9 da due, 3/11 da tre, 2/2 tiri liberi), Allen 18, Hill 11. Rimbalzi: T. Antetokounmpo 9. Assist: G. Antetokounmpo 6.
Utah: Mitchell 28 (6/9, 4/9, 4/5 tl), Conley 20, Clarkson 15. Rimbalzi: Gobert 13. Assist: Conley 2, Mitchell 2, O’Neale 2, Gobert 2.
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