Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Game 5 of the 2010 NBA Playoffs - Bucks 91, Hawks 87...Bucks lead 3-2

The Bucks pulled off a thrilling 91-87 victory over the Hawks in their pivotal Game 5 battle in Atlanta. Let's look at some of the most memorable plays of the game:

Did you catch Bango's amazing dunk? Alright the dunk actually happened in Game 4 in Milwaukee but it was so nasty I had to include it.

With everyone is in a good mood I had to get in something positive about Dan Gadzuric. With a few minutes remaining in the first half Danny G hit an 18-footer from Scottie Williams' spot (if you are a real Bucks fan you know what I am talking about) and TNT announcer Kevin McHale asked whether there was a full moon out...high comedy. By the way, McHale is the Matt Millen of the NBA...much better announcer than general manager.

With 1:18 remaining in the game, Ersan Ilyasova pulled down a tough offensive rebound in traffic and threw it to Carlos Delfino who hit a clutch three with the shot clock about to expire to give the Bucks an 86-82 lead. That shot might go down as the shot of the series if the Bucks prevail in either Game 6 or Game 7.

I can't really pinpoint one play for John Salmons but he played absolute lock down defense on Joe Johnson the entire game. To put Salmons' performance in perspective, without his defensive effort on Johnson the Bucks would have lost this game by double digits.

Most people are going to remember Kurt Thomas drawing the charge on Joe Johnson for Johnson's 6th foul of the game with a few minutes remaining. That was a pivotal play but it was Thomas' relentless defense on Al Horford that impressed me most. Horford had a big game but it came mostly on mismatches when Thomas was forced to the bench because of foul trouble.

Luke Ridnour had ice water in veins tonight. Every time Scott Skiles called his number, Ridnour knocked down clutch shots with guys in his face...he was the second best guard on the court tonight.

The best guard on the court tonight was the young and feisty Brandon Jennings. Jennings shot lights out in the first quarter scoring 12 straight at one point. Jennings continues to play like a seasoned veteran despite not even being able to legally drink.

Couple of quick stats:
- The Bucks outscored the Hawks 18-5 over the last 4 minutes of the game.
- The Bucks snapped the Hawks 14-game home winning streak.
- The winner of Game 5 in series tied at 2-2 is 126-25 all-time.

After tonight, the Hawks officially have to Fear the Deer!

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