Milwaukee Bucks: Takeaways from stunning Game 4 win vs. Phoenix Suns

Jul 14, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 14, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /
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Milwaukee Bucks: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, Phoenix Suns: Cameron Johnson, Chris Paul, Devin Booker
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Watching the Milwaukee Bucks this postseason has been nothing short of a roller-coaster ride from start to finish.

It seems safe to say that tradition carried on during last night’s Game 4 of the NBA Finals with the Phoenix Suns. With Phoenix leading the series 2-1, Milwaukee had a golden opportunity to even things up with a win on their home floor, and their chances looked slim early on. The Bucks played awfully for a massive portion of this game, and just when they appeared dead in the water, they came roaring back to secure a 109-103 victory.

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Although it was undeniably an ugly win to say the very least, the Bucks once again showcased their collective resiliency by pulling out this much-needed come from behind win.

They did what they were supposed to and won both games on their home floor to even this series up at 2-2 with things heading back to The Valley. Before that game tips off in the coming days, here are three takeaways from a thrilling Game 4 between the Bucks and Suns last night.

The Milwaukee Bucks feast on second chance opportunities in Game 4 win over Phoenix Suns

The Bucks struggled to put points on the board for a majority of the contest, finishing the game shooting 40.2 percent from the floor and 24.1 percent from 3-point range.

Given that their jumpers were simply not falling with any consistency, the Bucks made a push to crash the glass on offense to keep drives going. It benefitted them mightily as they hauled in 17 offensive rebounds on the night as a team. They managed to capitalize on these extra chances by putting an impressive 19 second chance points on the scoreboard, helping inch their way back into this game bit by bit.

Receiving hefty minutes at the center position, Giannis Antetokounmpo proved to be a force on the glass by pulling down five offensive rebounds by himself. That amounted to how many the entire Phoenix team combined for the game. Pat Connaughton, P.J. Tucker, and Jrue Holiday all proved huge as well, as they grabbed three offensive boards apiece and helped keep several possessions alive and ultimately get Milwaukee the win.

The Bucks have always been keen on crashing the boards offensively, but it was abundantly clear they were extremely active in last night’s victory. Size has been a factor in this series thus far, and despite starting center Brook Lopez playing under 20 minutes, this dominance on the boards won Milwaukee the rebounding battle comfortably.