Milwaukee Bucks: Jrue Holiday proved to be the ultimate needle-mover

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - JULY 20 (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Milwaukee Bucks: Jrue Holiday, Phoenix Suns: Chris Paul, Devin Booker
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Jrue Holiday provided valuable playmaking in important moments for the Milwaukee Bucks

When Milwaukee acquired Holiday, they acquired one of the best two-way guards in the league. Holiday has been known as a force on the defensive end but is also known for his playmaking ability.

One of the best examples of Holiday’s playmaking was at the end of Milwaukee’s Game 5 victory. With Milwaukee up by 1 point heading into the final 30 seconds, Holiday came away with a steal and found Giannis on the other end for an all-time alley-oop to give themselves some cushion. Holiday put the ball right where Giannis needed it to execute the play. When Milwaukee needed Jrue’s playmaking the most, he was there in one of the best plays of his career.

Of course, we can’t talk about Jrue’s playmaking without his offensive ability. Although his shooting numbers were below average, Jrue came alive in Games 3 and 5. In those games, Holiday shot a combined 20-of-34 from the field, logging him a 58% field goal percentage. Furthermore, Holiday shot 50% from beyond the arc in both games. While Jrue was not consistent throughout the Finals on the offensive end, he still provided the important offense in important games.

While some will look back at Holiday’s poor shooting nights, it is important to highlight the importance he has to the Milwaukee Bucks in other aspects of his game. His playmaking ability is a cut above the rest of the NBA, and Holiday proved it in important moments of the series.