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Pride and laziness are two of the capital sins. Two that can be applied to some who did not do much to deny it in front of the microphones after a setback that could have dire consequences: they lost in Milwaukee (115-92) and with the defeat (2-3 now) a match ball, the chance to reach the Eastern semifinals for the first time since 2014. To pass the round. They have a silver bullet left, tomorrow on their court, to advance, get rid of this colossal disaster of the fifth game and avoid an all-or-nothing seventh, To dog faceback in Wisconsin.

but there is further. A key issue that delves into those sins that can bring a very severe penance for those of Rick Carlislewho assured that he had not prepared his team well to face (especially mentally) this fifth game with everything in mind: TNT announced that there is a chance they will be ready for the sixth Giannis Antetokounmpo (who has not played since April 9) and Damian Lillard (who has missed the last two). Doc Rivers did not say anything definitive in the press conference that followed an incredible victory for his team, but he played with an idea that will have already nested in his rival’s head: “They are very, very, very close to returning”.

The playoffs are not usually generous to those who tempt fate. AND The Pacers have played with their destiny in an incomprehensible way if they want to be thought of as a serious team, with shank. No one had ever won a playoff game without their two leading scorers in the game. regular season. The first was the Milwaukee Bucks, a project built around Antetokounmpo and Lillard… who is playing without Antetokounmpo and Lillard. The merit of Doc Rivers’s team, the ability to resist and return blows, is extraordinary. But it is impossible not to point out some Pacers who started well, picked up pace (still 21-31 in the first quarter)… and then completely faded away. In an incomprehensible way. They lost by 27 against a rival that seemed on the canvas. And now they suddenly face a long series, in which the rival stars can return and add to the wave of adrenaline that this fifth game has created and that the one who seemed the favorite will have to calm down, tomorrow at their Gainbridge Fieldhouse. On the other side of yet another defeat, the precipice looms.

After going 7/13 in triples in the first quarter, with the feeling that there was no more work than wading through Khris Middleton’s desperate attempts, the Pacers fell with an inexplicable crash: his lowest score of the season, only 36 points between the second and third quarters (64-36), a stretch in which they shot 14/37 with 2/13 in triples. With the Bucks trying hard to ensure that there were no points in their zone, some lackadaisical Pacers trusted everything to a line of three that abandoned them: 5/25 if the first quarter is erased. And they lost, also paved by a battering ram of energy that the Bucks didn’t even seem capable of conjuring just a little while before.

Siakam, majestic at the beginning of the playoffs, is going down because the Bucks have understood that he is the head of the snake, the energy source that should be deactivated no matter how much is the franchise player. The power forward scored only 12 points, and the point guard finished with 16 and 6 assists. Very little on a day that was key, favorable for checkmate: Instead of that, and a little rest before the second round, They face a rebellion encouraged by the best version of Khris Middleton in a long time: 29 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, tremendous in the series as a reference player for a team that would not have survived without the illogical faith of agitators like Bobby Portis (he made up for his expulsion in the fourth game with 29 points and 10 rebounds) and Pat Beverley (13, 12 assists and his innate ability to get his rivals on edge).

The Bucks escaped alive from a night that seemed like a slaughterhouse, a stopover towards the holidays. Now they live, and They return to Indiana with a faith that yesterday we imagined buried and with Giannis and Lillard knocking on the door. The tie, which seemed domesticated, has woken up. The Bucks escaped to fight, at least one more day. But we’ll see, depending on when and how their stars return, if they didn’t actually achieve much more than that…

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Statistics

22

Khris Middleton

twenty-one

Patrick Beverley

99

Jae Crowder

eleven

Brook Lopez

12

Danilo Gallinari

9

Bobby Portis

24

Pat Connaughton

43

Thanasis Antetokounmpo

5

Malik Beasley

3

MarJon Beauchamp

23

TyTy Washington Jr.

55

Ryan Rollins

twenty

AJ Green

44

Andre Jackson Jr.

7

Chris Livingston

0

Jaylin Galloway

Statistics

min Pts RT R.O. RD Ast Per rec Tap T1 T2 T3 FR F.C. Val 22

Khris Middleton

39 29 12 3 9 5 2 0 0 7/9 5/13 4/7 0 4 0 twenty-one

Patrick Beverley

36 13 4 1 3 12 2 2 1 4/5 3/5 1/2 0 3 0 99

Jae Crowder

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 eleven

Brook Lopez

30 12 3 2 1 0 2 0 2 2/2 5/7 0/3 0 2 0 12

Danilo Gallinari

twenty 4 6 1 5 0 1 0 0 2/2 1/1 0/2 0 0 0 9

Bobby Portis

39 29 10 3 7 1 1 1 0 0/0 13/21 1/3 0 1 0 24

Pat Connaughton

31 9 4 1 3 4 1 2 1 0/0 3/3 1/3 0 0 0 43

Thanasis Antetokounmpo

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 5

Malik Beasley

27 18 4 0 4 0 0 3 0 0/0 3/5 4/6 0 5 0 3

MarJon Beauchamp

1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 23

TyTy Washington Jr.

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 55

Ryan Rollins

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 twenty

AJ Green

5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/1 0 0 0 44

Andre Jackson Jr.

-7 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/2 0 0 0 7

Chris Livingston

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0

Jaylin Galloway

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0

Statistics

16

James Johnson

twenty

Doug McDermott

33

Myles Turner

9

T.J. McConnell

43

Pascal Siakam

1

Obi Toppin

25

Jalen Smith

0

Tyrese Haliburton

23

Aaron Nesmith

22

Isaiah Jackson

10

Kendall Brown

2

29

Quenton Jackson

5

Jarace Walker

26

Ben Sheppard

twenty-one

Isaiah Wong

44

Oscar Tshiebwe

Statistics

min Pts RT R.O. RD Ast Per rec Tap T1 T2 T3 FR F.C. Val 16

James Johnson

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 twenty

Doug McDermott

5 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 1/2 0 0 0 33

Myles Turner

30 13 5 2 3 3 1 0 0 0/0 5/5 1/4 0 0 0 9

T.J. McConnell

16 6 3 0 3 3 2 0 0 0/0 3/8 0/2 0 1 0 43

Pascal Siakam

33 12 4 2 2 2 1 0 0 1/5 4/8 1/4 0 3 0 1

Obi Toppin

22 12 6 1 5 4 1 0 0 4/4 1/2 2/5 0 1 0 25

Jalen Smith

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0

Tyrese Haliburton

33 16 4 1 3 6 2 0 0 0/0 2/4 4/10 0 1 0 23

Aaron Nesmith

26 7 2 1 1 1 1 1 3 0/0 2/4 1/5 0 5 0 22

Isaiah Jackson

8 4 4 1 3 0 0 0 0 2/2 1/2 0/0 0 2 0 10

Kendall Brown

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 2

Andrew Nembhard

32 12 3 0 3 5 3 1 0 0/0 6/10 0/2 0 3 0 29

Quenton Jackson

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 5

Jarace Walker

4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 26

Ben Sheppard

24 7 4 1 3 0 1 1 0 1/2 0/0 2/4 0 2 0 twenty-one

Isaiah Wong

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 44

Oscar Tshiebwe

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0
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