ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks proved they’re greater than a one-man crew.
Now, it’s the Milwaukee Bucks who could have to indicate they will get by with out the Greek Freak.
With Trae Younger sidelined by an uncommon harm, Lou Williams and a bunch of Hawks stepped as much as fill the void, main Atlanta to a 110-88 rout of the Bucks in Recreation 4 to even the Japanese Convention finals Tuesday night time.
“A complete crew effort,” Hawks coach Nate McMillan stated.
In one other beautiful twist to a sequence nobody noticed coming, two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo hobbled off the courtroom with an injured left knee, depriving the Bucks of their finest participant.
“We’ll see how he’s tomorrow,” coach Mike Budenholzer stated. “We’ll take every part because it comes. We’ll consider it. We’ve received a heck of a crew, a heck of a roster.”
Williams began for Younger and did a stellar job with 21 factors, Bogdan Bogdanovic added 20 to interrupt a series-long hunch, and the Hawks pulled away within the third quarter to tie the sequence at two wins apiece.
Recreation 5 is Thursday night time in Milwaukee.
It’s not recognized if Younger or Antetokounmpo will have the ability to play.
Williams, lengthy one of many NBA’s finest gamers off the bench, can be prepared to begin once more for the Hawks, if wanted.
“I knew about an hour earlier than this sport that I used to be going to begin, once they stated Trae was out, so I simply needed to refocus my vitality, placed on a distinct hat and prepare for the sport,” Williams stated,
Younger was declared out about 45 minutes earlier than tipoff, having sustained a bone bruise when he twisted his proper ankle stepping on an official’s foot alongside the sideline in Recreation 3. He watched from the bench in a black warmup swimsuit, barely noticeable with a hood over his head and a masks throughout his face.
Seems, he wasn’t wanted.
“All people performed with confidence. All people performed at a excessive stage,” Williams stated “Going again to Milwaukee, we’re going to should bottle it up and take it with us.”
Antetokounmpo endured a dismal first half, scoring simply six factors and chunking up a pair of airballs from the free-throw line. He bounced again with eight factors within the first 4 1/2 minutes of the third quarter, together with a step-back jumper that sliced Atlanta’s result in 62-54.
The following time down the courtroom, Williams labored a pick-and-roll with Clint Capela, who went up for a dunk that Antetokounmpo tried to contest. The Bucks star landed awkwardly and went down in a heap, greedy at his left knee whereas a hush fell over the world.
Your complete Milwaukee bench got here out to examine on Antetokounmpo, who needed to be helped to the locker room with what was identified as a hyperextended knee. He returned briefly to the bench, however by no means made it again to the courtroom, heading to the locker room for good when the Hawks blew the sport open.
Atlanta outscored the Bucks 25-8 the remainder of the quarter to grab a commanding 87-62 lead.
Budenholzer is assured his crew will play a lot better the following day out — with or with out Antetokounmpo.
“We’ve received to be higher on each ends,” the coach stated. “Our group will collect. The character will come by way of.”
The Hawks led 51-38 at halftime, holding the Bucks’ to their lowest-scoring half of the postseason.
Milwaukee made solely 14 of 41 photographs from the sphere — together with 5 of 23 past the arc — to associate with 9 turnovers.
Two nights after tying his profession playoff excessive with 38 factors in a Recreation 3 victory, Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton was held to 16 factors on 6-of-17 taking pictures.
He missed all seven of his 3-point makes an attempt.
With Younger out, the Hawks wanted some little-used gamers to step up.
Nobody was greater than Cam Reddish.
In simply his second look since February, Reddish scored 12 factors, pulled down 5 rebounds and got here up with two steals.
Reddish missed the ultimate 42 video games of the common season with an Achilles harm and the primary two rounds of the playoffs. His first look since Feb. 21 got here throughout rubbish time of Milwaukee’s blowout win in Recreation 2.
Reddish needed to play a a lot greater function in Recreation 4, approaching lower than seven minutes into the sport within the first wave of substitutions. He was joined by Kris Dunn, enjoying his third sport within the playoffs and simply his seventh sport all season.
FREE THROW WOES
With the group mocking him mercilessly, counting off the variety of seconds he took to shoot, Antetokounmpo missed all three of his free throws within the first half.
The truth is, he solely hit the rim on one among them, which had the Atlanta followers jeering him even louder.
Bucks: Milwaukee’s lowest-scoring first half of the common season was a 31-point effort at Philadelphia on March 17. They wound up profitable that sport 109-105 in extra time. … The Bucks had not scored fewer than 41 factors in a half throughout the playoffs. … Jrue Vacation was the highest scorer with 19 factors.
Hawks: Milwaukee’s 38-point half was the bottom allowed by Atlanta in a playoff sport since holding Boston to 33 in 2016. … The Hawks got here out spreading the ball round. 4 gamers have been in on first 10 factors. … Capela was helped to the locker room with a towel over his face after taking an elbow within the closing minutes. The extent of his harm wasn’t recognized.
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