After missing Game 1 and a more satisfying Match 2, the Bulls are approaching this third game of the series with confidence, at the jam-packed United Center, which celebrates the return of the playoffs for the first time since 2017 in “Windy City”.
Unfortunately, Billy Donovan’s men were quickly disappointed in the first half, who ran after the score for 24 minutes (60-41). Against the Bucks’ prowess (23/44 in shots), borne by a team effort in attack (10 points for Portes and Antikonmo, 14 for Holiday, 13 for Allen), the Bulls have great difficulty and depend on their carriers not to get drowned (36 of 41 points).
On appeal, the Chicago defense was ripped to shreds, and the gap went from +19 to +29 in just five minutes (73-44), under the first whistle of a stunned United center. The third quarter as a whole is a nightmare for the Bulls, who only have 18 points at 6/19 in shots. While the Bucks (30 points, 11/22), led by the Antetokounmue-Allen duo in good shape, kept their foot firmly on the accelerator and made the biggest gap in the match after 36 minutes (90-59).
The latter act is a long “neglected time” with no interest, with the exception of Mike Budenholzer, to give extra relief to Pax executives. In a silent concentric center that gradually empties, the bulls take a very big slap. Not present in both offense and defense, the troops coming from Illinois were outnumbered by their neighbor from Wisconsin, which called for his status as a defending champion.
After a tie in Game 2, Chicago once again ceded Milwaukee’s advantage in the series and would have to respond in the fourth inning to avoid going to the Fiserv Forum in two games.
What to remember
Bull attack, a drama in four acts. With 17 points in the first quarter, 24 in the second, 18 in the third and 22 in the fourth, the Bulls had a disastrous performance in attack. Chicago sank in the first half, after being handicapped by five unresolved players, and simply a bench came to make up the numbers, facing the Bucks who rolled from start to finish, without mercy. We will have to do better in all aspects in Game 4, but it will start to attack.
– The Bucks, the reaction of the heroes. After his defeat in Game 2, the Bucks signed a perfect score worthy of the title holder, and made sure the Bulls didn’t gain too much confidence. In this game 3: he scored 111 points, at 43/91 (47%) and 15/41 (37%) from a 3-point range, 58 rebounds and 27 assists, a lead of +37 and above all an advantage in the series recovered . All without Khris Middleton. It was a perfect Milwaukee night.
✅ Grayson Allen. Off the bench, former back Duke, the public enemy in Chicago after his big foul against Alex Caruso during the regular season, did the job. Precious with his outside speech (5/7), he scored 22 points in 25 minutes and silenced the United center who kept whistling at the slightest ball in his hands.
✅ Giannis Antikonmo. The Greek Visitor didn’t have much to do in the third match. In just 29 minutes, he had 18 points (7/12), 7 rebounds and 9 assists. If we were to search for the little monster, we would note his losses in the four balls.
✅ Bobby Portez. Returning to replace After Brooke Lopez’s return in the Big Five, the hub, former Bull, began instead of Chris Middleton, injured. And the former Arkansas didn’t do half the actions: 18 points (7/14) and 16 rebounds! Confronting Nikola Vucevic, he put his law in limbo.
✅ Nikola Vucevic. We must find a positive note on this dreary evening for the Bulls, the centerpiece of Montenegro, who signs a game with 19 points (8/17), 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Chicago’s best offensive player, or rather the least bad, failed to stop the very good Bobby Portes up front, but he did well in the Bucks half.
⛔️ bulls seat. Dark night for the Chicago substitutes, who scored only 5 points in the first half (all by Kobe White), and who finished only 26 units (versus 47 for the Bucks). If the responsibility for this totally failed 3 game is collective, and the owners are far from absolved of all blame, then it goes without saying that the Bulls will need a much better contribution from the alternatives in order to be present in the rest of the game. a series.
Fourth game: In Chicago, Sunday evening at 7 p.m.