Did Bucks find the answer to slowing the Hawks’ Trae Young?
Milwaukee-During the long two days between Games 1 and 2 in the Eastern Conference Finals, Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer spent a considerable amount of time planning ways to slow down the Atlanta Hawks’ Guard Trae Young.
“It’s a lot of fun to play great players in different ways and test them defensively in each series,” said Budenholzer, 105 minutes before Friday’s second leg. “As a coach, you’re just trying to see if there’s something for our group that puts them in the best position to succeed against very talented and talented players, defensively. I think.
“This is a playoff ritual and I’m trying to find a way to protect a great player. It’s part of what I’m convinced that it’s great for fans, and it’s also great for coaches in a weird way. I’m sure. It’s a big challenge. It takes a lot of work and time. “
That work brought Bucks results in the second game in the series.
They limited Young’s aggressive output, forced him into a turnover, escaped with a 125-91 victory, and tied the series 1-1.
Question: Did Bucks find a suitable defensive game plan to slow down Young, who often played against Philadelphia in New York, Second Round, and Game 1 in Round 1?
The answer will be expanded throughout the series. The Hawks make Game 3 tweaks at home, just as Milwaukee did between games.
But Bucks may have found some long-term answers. They probably found a solution in the fourth quarter of Game 1. Keep Young as far away from the lane as possible, shoot 3 pointers, and allow him to move without fouling.
In Game 1, Young scored 16 out of 48 points in Paint, threw a back alley to John Collins with Rob, who looked like a floater, and went to the foul line 12 times.
In Game 2, Young made nine turnovers and only three free throws with only 15 points. Young shot only 23.8% with the series’ three pointers, only 1-12 against Bucks in the last five quarters.
“It just gets more aggressive,” Budenholzer said. “We all needed to be more active, and everyone, they were great.”
Bucks 6-3, £ 205 Point Guard Jrue Holiday has a Young size of £ 6-1 and £ 180.
“Sometimes I need to be physical with him, sometimes I want to make him think I’ll be physical, and I’ll be extreme,” said Holiday. “I know he’s doing something like jumping out and jumping into you. That particular thing is like playing that game. I’m playing the first game tonight It was definitely smarter than when I did it. “
Brook Lopez at the Bucks Center also did a much better job of protecting the rim when Young got into the paint, with three steals and one block significantly improving his defensive outings. Five of Young’s turnovers occurred when Lopez interrupted his drive to the lane with his hand and a large frame.
“He has a very good feel and good reading in pick and roll defense,” Budenholzer said. “He was in top shape. That’s what Brooke needs. He just got great timing, a great understanding of spacing, and defensive spacing.”
The Hawks were Milwaukee’s strength and focus, so I didn’t think it was such a general change.
“Sales were really sales,” said Hawks interim coach Nate McMillan. “We couldn’t really get on the rhythm or establish ourselves on the aggressive edge of the floor. They did a good job of pushing the ball, pushing the catch and making active hands. They raised it. I expected them to react with this type. Intense, and they did. We were just caught in our heels. “
Young has taken ownership of the sales.
“They were more aggressive,” he said. “They didn’t change the defense scheme much. They were more in the rollers, so the surroundings were more open and I just had to read better. I was against what happened tonight. Take full responsibility. Taking care of the ball is something I have to be good at, and I will be good at it. “
Young also slightly jabbed allowing referee Scott Foster and the referee’s crew to “go more tonight.”
But it’s also part of the playoff basketball. It’s a more physical game at this point in the season, and Milwaukee brought it.
Now it’s Hawks’ turn to answer Bucks, another challenge for a young team that wasn’t this deep in the playoffs.
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