Milwaukee Bucks: Grades from spirited Game 5 win over Atlanta Hawks

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Milwaukee Bucks: Pat Connaughton
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The Milwaukee Bucks are officially one win away from reaching the NBA Finals following another hard-fought battle against the Atlanta Hawks.

With Giannis Antetokounmpo and Trae Young both sidelined with individual injuries, each team was without their superstar player leading the charge. That certainly made it an interesting matchup that could have panned out either way, but the Bucks took this one by the horns right from the start. Coming out with an immediate sense of urgency, Milwaukee never trailed in this game and would eventually secure the 123-112 victory to take a 3-2 series lead.

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Right off the bat, what stood out the most from the Bucks was the severe difference in energy and effort on display to start the last two contests. In Milwaukee’s brutal Game 4 loss, they started flat from the opening tip and never claimed a lead because of it. This time around, they rebounded from that mistake by coming out aggressive, which allowed them to never looked back after a stellar first quarter effort from everyone involved.

It was a fantastic night for the Bucks all-around as they secured the Game 5 victory, but let us hand out individual grades for everyone involved.

How did the reserves perform for the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 5 versus the Atlanta Hawks?

B-. Playing just over 21 minutes of action, Pat Connaughton’s performance was highlighted by his scoring. The high-flyer scored nine points, but he struggled to find his shot, particularly from the outside, all night as he shot 3-of-7 from the floor, including a mere 1-of-4 from behind the arc. The Bucks will never be dependent on Connaughton to erupt off the bench for double figures as he often impacts the game elsewhere, but even those were minimal last night. Surprisingly, he also only grabbed one rebound, something he has developed a knack for in this postseason. Lastly, he tallied four personal fouls. It was far from a memorable postseason game for Connaughton, but he was solid enough off the bench to help the Bucks earn the win, and that is all that matters.. SG. Milwaukee Bucks. PAT CONNAUGHTON

BRYN FORBES. D. Right behind Connaughton as the only reserve to see extended playing time was Bryn Forbes. Seeing the floor for over 13-and-a-half minutes, the guard struggled to establish a groove whatsoever as he totaled three points on 1-of-4 shooting. Forbes has been locked in a slump all throughout this series thus far, and the Bucks would desperately like to get him back to his previous form. He can undoubtedly shoot the lights out when his offense is clicking, but Forbes continues seeing his minutes cut in favor of Connaughton because of his current struggles. While +/- can be a flawed stat in the bigger picture, Forbes was a team-low -6 on the night, having little impact on the outcome aside from the lone 3-pointer he knocked down.. SG. Milwaukee Bucks

INC. Connaughton and Forbes were the only two members of the second unit to see significant minutes, but a few familiar faces popped up periodically. Jeff Teague played just over 3-and-a-half minutes and went scoreless as his lone shot attempt was swatted away. While his minutes have been hard to watch in this series, he showed promise when he was not driving at seven-footers by dishing out three assists. Still, he was rightfully pulled after a quick run in the lineup, leaving little to evaluate. Thanasis Antetokounmpo falls into that same boat as he saw the floor for a tick over three minutes, which he used to tally a single steal and three personal fouls. That is the hyperactive presence of his hard at work, but he was sidelined after racking up those three quick fouls. Elijah Bryant checked in for the closing moments of the matchup but did not see the opportunity to make much of an impact.. . Milwaukee Bucks. END OF THE BENCH