Milwaukee Bucks: Takeaways from stellar Game 6 win over Atlanta Hawks

Jul 3, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
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Milwaukee Bucks: Jrue Holiday
Jul 3, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports /

Jrue Holiday comes up huge for the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 6 win over the Atlanta Hawks

With Giannis out of the equation for the second straight matchup, Jrue Holiday was set to see more time with the basketball yet again.

The difference this time would be helping his team close out the series in a crucial Game 6 on the road. Holiday has played far from his best basketball away from Fiserv Forum in this series, and he understood that the switch had to be flipped to help give his team a chance at winning in front of a vicious crowd without their top man in the mix.

It was not a masterclass performance from Holiday by any stretch, but he got the job done. Scoring-wise, Holiday finished with 27 points on 11-of-23 shooting from the field, making several clutch plays in this game to help the Bucks maintain the lead. However, one aspect of Holiday’s game that reared its ugly head was his reliance on shooting ill-advised 3-pointers. The guard was just 4-of-12 from behind the arc in this one, undeniably being much more impactful on offense when he drove towards the basket for a better shot inside.

Elsewhere, Holiday was tasked with picking up facilitating duties, which he did by handing out nine assists on the night to ensure his teammates got involved. Although he finished with six grueling turnovers, Holiday made several key passes in this matchup that helped this team win the game. The same goes for his rebounding, as he pulled down nine on the night. One more rebound and assist apiece and Holiday would have logged himself a triple-double, but that is undoubtedly at the back of his mind at this point.

Defensively, Holiday was extremely active all night long by tallying an impressive four steals and two blocked shots. The guard indeed earned First Team All-Defensive honors this season, and that prowess was apparent as he played that side of the floor beautifully in the win, despite earning five personal fouls.

Without Giannis in the fold, Holiday delivered yet another memorable performance to help elevate the Bucks to victory in Game 6.