Am I missing something more important to find?
This series for the Miami Heat has not been only shocking but a head-scratcher.
The game was over after the first quarter for the Heat. They were 6 of 23 from the field, out rebounded by the Milwaukee Bucks 22-10. Moreover, Miami has been outrebounded by 50 in 9 quarters plus overtime. Miami was down 26-14 after the first.
Khris Middleton carried the Bucks with 22 points, Jrue Holiday added 19 points and 12 assists, and the Bucks took a 3-0 lead in their East first-round series with a 113-84 victory in Miami on Thursday night.
The Heat face the infamous stat: No team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit in a best of seven series in the NBA Playoffs.
“Our rhythm is off,” Heat point guard Goran Dragic stated.
The Heat have been outscored in the last two games by 63 points. 63.
Jimmy Butler scored 19 points, and Bam Adebayo had 17 for Miami. They needed more from their all-stars.
Miami has lost three games by 29 points or more this season — all against Milwaukee.
Miami was down by as many as 32 points in the game.
This is Miami’s first 3-0 series deficit since a first-round matchup against Boston in 2010. The Heat lost that series in five games and haven’t been swept since the 2007 first round against Chicago.
The Bucks are not the same team that the Heat eliminated in the bubble. They are better.
“We set the tone early in the game; we know how important this game was,” Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo said. “We came out keeping guys in front, rebounding the ball, and setting the tone defensively.”
Milwaukee outrebounded Miami 56-41, held the Heat to 38% shooting.
Milwaukee is up 3-0 for the first time since sweeping Detroit in Round 1 of the 2019 playoffs.
Miami’s last postseason win on its home floor was May 13, 2016. I can’t pretend the Heat will not get swept; I don’t know where they will find offense to win one game in this series.
The Heat has the coaching, pride, and “Heat Culture.” But there is no telling.