3 role players of interest in Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics Game 6

May 11, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
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Milwaukee Bucks: Bobby Portis, Pat Connaughton, Jrue Holiday
May 11, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports /

Following a wild comeback victory vs. the Boston Celtics in Game 5, the Milwaukee Bucks have a chance to finish the series off back at home in Game 6 tonight.

To win this pivotal matchup, the two players that will obviously have to do their most heavy lifting for Milwaukee are Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday. For the Celtics, it is Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. While these names have all shined during this series, the role players from each side have also stepped up throughout, some more than others. This play from the role players has had a significant impact on the series thus far, and with the Milwaukee Bucks looking to close it out at home, here are three role players that could make a massive difference in Game 6.

Pat Connaughton will be a key role player of interest in crucial Game 6 between the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics

With Khris Middleton sidelined with a Grade 2 MCL sprain, the Milwaukee Bucks have needed their role players to help out with the scoring load. Thankfully, Pat Connaughton has obliged thanks to a quality effort off the bench thus far by averaging 11.2 points while shooting a stellar 55.3 percent from the floor and 48 percent from 3-point territory. The two-guard has given the team a sizeable boost in the second unit over these past five games, and it will be interesting to see if he can keep the ball rolling in a crucial Game 6.

In addition to his overall scoring, the one area that the Bucks will specifically need Connaughton to contribute in is his 3-point shooting. Shooting just 32.4 percent from three in the series, the Bucks have not exactly shot the long ball well, but Connaughton has been an exception. His 3-point shot has proven to be incredibly valuable, and the Bucks will need him to continue letting it fly with the utmost confidence to space the floor. Connaughton was clutch in that regard in Game 5 as he sunk two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to help propel Milwaukee’s big comeback, so the momentum is there for the sharpshooter.

Connaughton’s shooting and scoring could be his most vital contribution, but he brings so much to the table as he is the team’s Swiss Army Knife. The guard could make his presence felt with a huge rebound, a big blocked shot, or by keeping active hands and grabbing a key steal, but the point is that he can make a pivotal play at any time. With the chance to close out this series at home, he is certainly going to be featured heavily in this game, and hopefully Connaughton can help the Bucks in a big way as they aim to take down the Celtics.