Milwaukee Bucks: 3 stars of the week following big win over Nets

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May 2, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA (Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)

Jrue Holiday is the second star of the week for the Milwaukee Bucks

It wasn’t a perfect week for Jrue Holiday, especially offensively, but he still displayed his importance to the Bucks throughout the week and in the team’s big win over Brooklyn.

That was best seen in how Holiday defended Kyrie Irving all throughout Sunday’s clash. As Irving finished with 20 points on 21 shots, six assists and four turnovers, Holiday limited the perennial All-Star guard to just five points on 2-for-4 shooting (1-for-2 from deep), four assists and a turnover in the 28.89 partial possessions they faced up against one another, per NBA.com/stats.

It wasn’t so much as Holiday shut down Irving all day long, but the 30-year-old Holiday neutralized Irving from the game in ways that we’ve seen the Bucks do previously when going up against Irving. That, in turn, made Irving look human as Holiday did what he does best.

Still, Holiday averaged 18.8 points on .478/.250/.500 shooting, 6.5 assists, 5.3 rebounds, 3.3 turnovers and 1.3 steals across the Bucks’ four games last week. There surely is some room for improvement offensively for Holiday down the stretch.

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