MILWAUKEE — The Bucks lost forward Khris MiddletonTo a sprained MCL, and responded with three consecutive wins over the Chicago BullsWith a win of 116 to 100 in Game 5, Wednesday's game, the team advanced to the second round NBA playoffs.
The Bucks will take on the CelticsThe second round is underway; Game 1 is set for Sunday, Boston.
Milwaukee won the series by a landslide, splitting the first and second games. The Bulls were held to less than 100 points by the Bucks in three of five games. Milwaukee won the last three games by double figures.
Giannis AntetokounmpoIn the series finale, 33 point scored on 11-of-15 shots, with nine rebounds.
Bulls guards Zach LaVine(Health and safety protocols) Alex Caruso(concussion protocol), both of whom were sidelined for Wednesday’s game, the Bucks were in a position to defend Bulls star DeMar DeRozanThe score was 11 on 5-of-10 shooting by.
All 10 of DeRozan's field goal attempts were contested, and he was double teamed 27 times in Game 5, the most doubles of a single player in a playoff game in the past three seasons, according to research by ESPN Stats & Information. In the four previous games, he faced 24 double teams.
To make up for Middleton's absence, the Bucks increased their defensive intensity. Middleton had sprain the MCL in his left leg during Game 2.
Middleton's initial timeline was for him to be reevaluated in two week. This means that he is not available for the second round.