Brook Lopez as a savior for the Bucks

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Brook Lopez as a savior for the Bucks

By taking two fouls at the start of the last quarter against the Bulls, Giannis Antetokounmpo shot himself in the foot. After the two in the first period and the third after the break, the Greek therefore found himself with five faults and more than eight minutes to play.

Direction therefore the bench, to avoid the worst. Wesley Matthews took his place, but the one who will change the end of this Game 1 is Brook Lopez, who entered at the same time for Jevon Carter.

“He was a huge key to this game”comments Mike Budenholzer for The Athletic. “On both sides of the pitch, he was very good. He made some big plays near the circle. He started well, finished well, defended well. He was very important. »

In eight minutes in this last quarter, the pivot will score 7 points while, at the same time, the 2019 and 2020 MVP will not find the way to the circle. At first, Brook Lopez was illustrated on a basket with the fault where he left the line at 3-pts, to take a five-point lead, less than five minutes from the end.

Then, two minutes later, he comes to the bottom line to offer a pass solution to Giannis Antetokounmpo, blocked by two defenders. Brook Lopez misses, but takes his offensive rebound and scores.

“We talked about it when we analyzed the Bulls. You have to be there for Jrue Holiday, Khris Middleton and Giannis”he explains. “We have the size advantage and we have to take advantage of it in the racket. We have to make sure we’re in the game to provide opportunities for our Big Three. »

“Brook is a hell of a scorer. People sometimes forget that.”

The 7 points of the pivot, out of the 19 scored by the defending champions in the last act, marked the spirits and made the difference.

“It’s crucial, especially when the defenses are trapping, to be able to go to the circle and find a Brook”, says Giannis Antetokounmpo. “In hot moments, having him near the circle or on the offensive rebound is important. As soon as we shoot, he is in the racket. In the last quarter, with his floaters, his free throws, he was incredible. »

Brook Lopez finished this game with 18 points at 7/14 to shoot and 5 rebounds. After missing almost the entire season because of his back, this Game 1 was a perfect opportunity to remember that he is an essential member of Milwaukee. A luxury X factor behind the Antetokounmpo – Holiday – Middleton trio.

“It’s crazy that people underestimate him”, regretted Jrue Holiday before the start of the series. “Even last season, that was the case. Against Atlanta, in Game 5, he scored 33 points. He was dunking on everyone. We have seen this season how much we have missed him, especially in defense. I’m also not sure people know he’s still the Nets’ all-time leading scorer. And without more award-winning baskets (only 137 scored in nine seasons). In a basketball dominated by 3-pts, Brook is one hell of a scorer. People forget that sometimes. »

Brook Lopez Percentage Bounces
Season Team GM Minimum Shots 3 points LF Off Def Early pd party Int bp CT Points
2008-09 NJN 82 31 53.1 0.0 79.3 2.7 5.4 8.1 1.1 3.1 0.5 1.8 1.8 13.0
2009-10 NJN 82 37 49.9 0.0 81.7 3.3 5.4 8.7 2.3 3.1 0.7 2.5 1.7 18.8
2010-11 NJN 82 35 49.2 0.0 78.7 2.4 3.6 6.0 1.6 2.9 0.6 2.2 1.5 20.4
2011-12 NJN 5 27 49.4 0.0 62.5 1.6 2.0 3.6 1.2 1.6 0.2 1.2 0.8 19.2
2012-13 BRK 74 31 52.1 0.0 75.8 2.8 4.1 6.9 1.0 2.1 0.5 1.8 2.1 19.4
2013-14 BRK 17 31 56.3 0.0 81.7 2.3 3.7 6.0 0.9 3.1 0.5 1.7 1.8 20.7
2014-15 BRK 72 29 51.3 10.0 81.4 3.0 4.5 7.4 0.7 2.9 0.6 1.4 1.8 17.2
2015-16 BRK 73 34 51.1 14.3 78.7 2.8 5.1 7.9 2.0 3.0 0.8 2.4 1.7 20.6
2016-17 BRK 75 30 47.4 34.6 81.0 1.6 3.8 5.4 2.4 2.6 0.5 2.5 1.7 20.5
2017-18 ALL 74 23 46.5 34.5 70.3 1.0 3.0 4.0 1.7 2.6 0.4 1.3 1.3 13.0
2018-19 MIL 81 29 45.2 36.5 84.2 0.4 4.5 4.9 1.2 2.3 0.6 1.0 2.2 12.5
2019-20 MIL 68 27 43.5 31.4 83.6 0.9 3.7 4.6 1.5 2.4 0.7 1.0 2.4 12.0
2020-21 MIL 70 27 50.3 33.8 84.5 1.5 3.5 5.0 0.7 2.1 0.6 0.9 1.5 12.3
2021-22 MIL 13 23 46.6 35.8 87.0 1.5 2.6 4.1 0.5 2.6 0.6 0.9 1.2 12.4
Total 868 30 49.4 34.1 79.6 2.0 4.2 6.2 1.4 2.7 0.6 1.7 1.8 16.4

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