Giannis is playing on his likely less than 100 percent knee, but even as impactful as his 20 points and 17 rebounds proved to be in the 118-105 Game 1 loss, he was only limited to 11 field-goal attempts. Plus, for the two-time MVP, 20 points is lightwork, and also ties his third-lowest scoring output of the playoffs, not including the 14 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals when he didn’t finish the game due to injury. Middleton led with 29 points on 46 / 42 splits with no free-throw attempts. Brook Lopez had an efficient 17 in 22 minutes. And the rest of the Bucks were led by Holiday’s 10 and shot a collective 15-for-37 from the field (40.5 percent).


Holiday not only needs to lead the group for the Bucks to be competitive with the Suns, he needs to not play himself down to that group altogether. Alas, it was only Game 1, which is generally where the weird shit happens, but Holiday’ll need to resemble his All-Star self, and not the less-than version, for a shot at a Milwaukee title, especially since the point guard across from him will be Chris Paul every night.