The Algebra of Playoff Home Cookin’: Maker ‘elevates’ the game, Bucks hold serve
In much the same way that the opening skirmish of Game 2 had set a tone for the battle, the plotline of Game 3 was established within 10 possessions.
While most may point the finger of blame at Boston’s putrid Q1 FG shooting, the men in Green were able to procure a measly three stops in their first 10 tries. By that point, the C’s had already rung up as many turnovers (on their way to an unacceptable eight for the period) and fallen to a 10-point deficit.
One of the basic tenets of Basketball Wisdom is that marginal players are more apt to perform better at home than on the road. Little surprise, then, when an Eric Bledsoe or Jabari Parker finds a comfortable rhythm while Coach Stevens’s “Next Men Up” squandered nearly a third of their 45 first-half possessions to Turnovers.
The Bucks entered this series as the league’s second-worst defensive rebounding team (fifth-worst at the other end), and the C’s continue to exploit this weakness. Including “significant” team rebounds, Boston holds a whopping 53 – 21 edge in second chance opportunities (good for a 60 – 19 advantage in scoring) through three games.