Milwaukee Bucks: How 3 key role players have stepped up in NBA Finals

Jul 17, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
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Milwaukee Bucks: Jrue Holiday, Khris Middleton, Pat Connaughton
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Pat Connaughton has done it all for the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA Finals

There are few words to genuinely sum up just how well Pat Connaughton has played in this series for the Bucks to this point.

First and foremost, no player has hit more 3-pointers in this series from either team than him, as Connaughton currently has knocked down 15 triples in 30 attempts. That electric shooting off the bench has been a massive boost for the Bucks, particularly in late-game situations where Pat has been clutch. Given the team’s shooting struggles from distance all throughout these playoffs, this shooting has been a welcoming surprise, and his teammates will undoubtedly continue telling him to keep letting it fly with confidence.

In addition to his scoring, Connaughton has been a force on the glass by hauling in 27 rebounds in this series, the fourth most on the team. The guard is known for his high-flying athleticism, which has been particularly useful on the offensive end where he has gathered eight of those boards to keep the offense alive and create another look to capitalize on. On another note, Connaughton has also found himself matched up against Booker and Paul on switches defensively, where he has done a solid job of holding his own.

Currently averaging 11 points and 5.4 rebounds across five games in the NBA Finals, it is not hard to understand Connaughton’s impact in this series. He has been excellent during his extended minutes for Milwaukee, quickly becoming one of the most trusted players in this rotation during the biggest moments in the biggest games of his NBA career.

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Connaughton must aim to keep it consistent and continue playing up to par in what has been a stellar series for him as things shift back to Milwaukee for a Game 6.