Tune-In Tidbits: Eastern Conference Finals, Game 3
Get ready for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals on TNT with five key stats to know about the Bucks-Hawks matchup.
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• As John Schuhmann breaks down in his film study, the Bucks dominated the paint during Game 2, outscoring the Hawks 62-30 in their 34-point win. During the regular season the Bucks (48.8, 12th in NBA) and Hawks (47.8, 13th in NBA) were separated by just one point per game in the paint. Through two games in this series, the Bucks have a 24 points per game advantage (66.0 to 42.0) in the paint.
• In Atlanta’s Game 1 win, Trae Young had 23 drives to the basket that produced 17 points (on 7-13 FG, 3-4 FT) for himself and four assists for his teams with just one turnover. The Bucks shut down Young’s drive attack in Game 2, as Young had as many turnovers (6) as points (6) and no assists on 15 drives.
• After shooting just 8-36 (22.2%) from 3-point range in Game 1, the Bucks bounced back in Game 2 as they connected on 15-41 (36.6%) from beyond the arc. Between the regular season and playoffs, the Bucks are 27-6 this season when they make at least 15 3-pointers in a game, compared to 28-24 when making fewer than 15 3s.
• In Game 1, the Hawks generated 55 shots that were classified as either open (closest defender within 4-6 feet) or wide open (closest defender at least 6 feet away), compared to 47 for the Bucks. The Hawks also shot a higher percentage on those open looks (40% to 36.2%). Those numbers flipped in Milwaukee’s favor in Game 2 as they had 59 open looks to Atlanta’s 46 and shot 42.4% on those open looks compared to Atlanta’s 32.6%.
• Giannis Antetokounmpo’s streak of consecutive playoff games with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds was snapped at six games as he finished Game 2 with 25 points and nine rebounds in 29 minutes. Only Shaquille O’Neal (seven games spanning the 2002 and 2003 playoffs) has a longer streak since the 1984 playoffs. Giannis’ seven straight games with at least 25 points is the longest active streak in the playoffs and one shy of tying Paul George and Donovan Mitchell for the longest streak of the 2021 playoffs.