Milwaukee Bucks: Grades from exciting Game 4 win vs. Phoenix Suns

Jul 14, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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Milwaukee Bucks: Pat Connaughton, Giannis Antetokounmpo
Jul 14, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

The Milwaukee Bucks turned in yet another memorable performance in last night’s Game 4 vs. the Phoenix Suns.

Phoenix looked in control for most of the game after jumping out to an early lead, but Milwaukee kept hanging around and never let their deficit reach double figures. Propelled by a late push in the fourth quarter that saw them take control and reclaim the lead thanks to several key plays on both ends of the floor, the Bucks pulled out a gutsy 109-103 victory on their home floor to even this series up at 2-2.

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While it was certainly a collective effort from everyone on this resilient Milwaukee squad, this game was jam-packed with individual performances and key moments that will be remembered forever en route to this colossal victory.

Before the Bucks hop on the plane out to Phoenix for the next thrilling installment in this series, here are player grades from a remarkable come from behind victory for Milwaukee in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

How did the second unit perform for the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 4 win vs. Phoenix Suns?

A-. Pat Connaughton has been Milwaukee’s go-to man off the bench this postseason, and for good reason. His contributions were massive in Game 4, scoring 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting, including hitting three triples. Also hauling in nine rebounds, three on the offensive glass, the guard was active all night on the boards. While he was largely solid, Connaughton had several lapses throughout his nearly 32 minutes of action as he logged four personal fouls and a downright terrible turnover. Yet, Connaughton finished with a team-high +21 for his efforts in the matchup, with the second-highest player not even coming close. While single-player plus-minus can be flawed, it speaks to Connaughton’s massive impact for the Bucks on both ends of the floor.. SG. Milwaukee Bucks. PAT CONNAUGHTON

C. Milwaukee Bucks. BOBBY PORTIS. C. Bobby Portis has played a big role off the bench for the Bucks in this series off the bench, and that continued in Game 4 as he played 20-and-a-half-minutes. In that time, the big man struggled to find his shot offensively by shooting just 1-of-6 from the floor, his only make coming from his lone attempt behind the arc. Finishing with only three points, Portis would make up ground elsewhere by hauling in five rebounds, including two big ones on the offensive end to play a key role in Milwaukee’s assault on the boards. Furthermore, he was active defensively, which has been a revolving topic of discussion in this series. While he was not perfect, the big man looked far more comfortable and held his own, also tallying a steal and a block. His night will be highlighted by his poor shooting outing but Portis played his role by bringing energy and effort elsewhere.

Milwaukee Bucks. JEFF TEAGUE. C-. Jeff Teague played just a tick under 11 minutes in the contest, leaving little to work with when grading his performance. Milwaukee’s backup floor general would finish with two points by knocking down a pair of foul shots, not officially attempting a shot from the field. He would tally a rebound and an assist, but it was a rather quiet night from Teague in the Game 4 victory, which should not come as much of a surprise. Although he did not stuff the stat sheet, there was not much to criticize either.. PG