The Milwaukee Bucks are successful without Khris Middleton, thanks to Bobby Portis and Grayson Allen

CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls extended an already impressive lead with a 3 pointer at the buzzer to close the third quarter. Milwaukee BucksBucks forward lead in what was turning out to be a dominant win in Game 3 Friday night. Bobby PortisStopping and shimming, taking a moment to enjoy the basket.

Bucks met Portis as he walked out of the court. Grayson AllenThey embraced, then drank and danced together before heading to the bench. They combined their efforts — Allen led all scorers at 22-points, while Portis added 18 points after being placed in the starting lineup — to guide the Bucks to victory 111-81. This was a great win for Chicago fans that were about to leave the arena with the game out of reach.

Milwaukee's first ever game without forward Khris MiddletonPortis and Allen filled in for the injured MCL player, and Milwaukee won the first round series 2-1. Game 4 will be played in Chicago on Sunday afternoon.

Portis declared after the game, “It is a big match for us. There are no excuses.” “One of our brothers was injured and we had to call in the help.

The Bucks had planned to use their experience to make it to the Eastern Conference Finals in the absence one of their top players. They won the Eastern Conference Finals last year without any star players Giannis Antetokounmpo. To make it this season, they used 31 different starting lines. Friday's huge starting line-up featured Antetokounmpo, Portis and Brook LopezIn the front court, Wes Matthews and Jrue HolidayThe backcourt had only been together for two minutes during Game 1 of the entire season. The Bucks were prepared to compensate for Middleton's absence Friday.

“We've had guys who have been out at different times during the season, and we've also had other guys who have had to step in,” Bucks guard Pat Connaugton stated at Friday's shootaround. “This is not different.” Portis had to change his look for Game 3 due to his new position in the starting line-up. To play, he wore protective goggles. His right eye is still red from the injury sustained by Tristian Thompson (Bulls center) during the first quarter.

Portis said that Game 2 made it impossible for him to see. Portis said about Game 2. “When it happened, i just fell down because i got dizzy and couldn't see. I blacked myself out.”

Portis acknowledged that his right eye was still in pain but he continued to play, scoring 7 of 14 points (4 of 8 from three) for 18 points within 25 minutes.

Bulls guard Zach LaVine said. “He did his job, and I think they have to adjust if this is how they plan to move forward.”

Bucks coach Mike BudenholzerPortis was selected over Allen, and Allen was not moved into the starting lineup as he did earlier in this season. His production has never fluctuated so much, regardless of whether Middleton is playing.

Allen averaged 9.6 point per game in 53 regular season games with Middleton as opposed to 17.2 in the 13 games that he missed.

Allen didn't make a 3-pointer the first two series games but he made 5 of 7 Friday to set a new playoff record of 22 points.

Allen said that her mental attitude was the same. “Maybe I was a bit faster to get some catch-and-shoot shots, but it was just being at different spots. Khris is often in these spots on offense. I was there, and I got the ball.

“The best thing about it is that even though I didn't hit a series three yet, Pat had missed two and Giannis, Jrue still tossed it at us. It gives them that confidence that they still trust us. It will eventually come in, we know that.”

Holiday and Matthews were persistent in their pestering of the Bulls' top scorers, LaVine. DeMar DeRozan.

DeRozan couldn't match his 41-point performance from Game 2. He attempted nine shots on Friday, which was the most he had attempted in any game this season.

DeRozan finished 4 of 9 shooting with 11 points. “I had a feeling for it all the way through the game, but by time I had a good feel for it, they had it moving offensively. It's fair to give them credit. Now, it's up on us to make adjustments to how we respond to that.

The Bulls were hosting their first playoff match since 2017. Fans packed the United Center, brimming over with anticipation.

They didn't have much to cheer about. Chicago's playoff homecoming was bulldozed by Milwaukee. This result gave the Bulls their worst home playoff loss, surpassing a 26 point loss to the Bulls. Cleveland Cavaliers1992. DeRozan claimed that “they came out and whooped at our butt.” “Now it is on us. “How are we going to respond?”

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