3 takeaways from Milwaukee Bucks’ solid Game 5 win over Chicago Bulls

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - APRIL 27 (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Milwaukee Bucks: Jevon Carter
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – APRIL 27 (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

The Milwaukee Bucks got some quality contributions from their second unit on both sides of the basketball in their Game 5 victory

Among the reasons why Jrue Holiday’s struggles flew under the radar was the strong effort from the Milwaukee Bucks’ bench brigade, mainly three players.

The first was Pat Connaughton, who had not been having a great series throughout the first four games against Chicago. In those games, he combined to score 22 points on 5-of-22 shooting on his 3-point attempts. In last night’s Game 5, Connaughton tallied 20 points on 6-of-9 from deep off the bench to clock in what was unquestionably his best performance of the series. The guard was fantastic as he finally snapped his pesky shooting slump, having provided a significant boost on the offensive end as he finished as Milwaukee’s second-leading scorer. The Milwaukee Bucks will need Connaughton to step up in the next round, so it was welcoming to see him close out this series on a high note.

Grayson Allen, who was the unsung hero for Milwaukee during those two games in Chicago, had himself another solid game by scoring 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting, including 3-of-6 from deep. Once again, Allen provided a sizeable spark off the bench as he continued to light it up offensively, and it was great to see him continue to let it fly with confidence. Milwaukee will need more from him to start this second round series, so hopefully he can remain aggressive off the bench.

Lastly, Jevon Carter did not score a significant amount of points as he chipped in six on the night, but he turned some heads with his defense. The guard tallied a game-high five steals as he was active all night on the defensive end, which has always been his calling card. Even when he is not knocking down his shot attempts, Carter showed that he could have a huge impact on any game as he plays tenacious defense and never lets his foot off the gas pedal.