Entering this series, Brandon Jennings made headlines with his prediction that the Milwaukee Bucks would beat the Miami Heat in six games. Needless to say, things didn’t go as planned. The Bucks have been swept following an 88-77 loss at home on Sunday.
To begin the contest, the two teams looked drastically different in terms of ball control. The Heat assisted on all but one of their first-quarter field goals, while the Bucks turned the ball over seven times.
With the potential to earn a few extra days off, it was important that the Heat remained focused. Their energy was high early, their rotations were swift and they held the dynamic duo of Jennings and Monta Ellis to zero points in the opening quarter.
But as we’ve seen throughout this series, the Bucks were able to keep things close in the first half.
Despite a clean start for the Heat, Milwaukee started forcing turnovers to close out the second quarter. For the first time all game, it was turning defense into offense, and it pulled within four to begin the third period.
The second half began and that theme continued. Miami couldn't pull away with missed three-pointers and a surplus of turnovers, but with the game on the line, talent and confidence proved to be too much for Milwaukee to handle.
This wasn't a case of the Heat flipping the switch; it was an example of a great team taking down a lesser opponent with a subpar effort. That effort will have to improve in the second round, but with a few days off, this team will have the time to refuel and get ready for another run at a title.