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Heat fall to Bucks 144-97

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After an abysmal first quarter the Heat were never able to claw their way back into the game in what would become a terrible loss

NBA: Milwaukee Bucks at Miami Heat Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

First Quarter:

The Bucks ran up the score early with a Jrue Holiday runner and Lopez three. The Heat struggled in the opening minutes with 4 straight turnovers, this is a real issue that’s been apparent in their first two games. It also led to the Bucks going on a 12-0 run.

It was an atrocious start for the Heat with sloppy play and even airballs. Spo went to the bench right away inserting Goran Dragic barely three minutes in. It was Duncan who finally got the Heat on the board with his eleventh three of the season so far. With Butler out Harkless found himself in the starting lineup and just wasn’t good.

Meanwhile, the Bucks went up by 16 while shooting a ridiculous 87% from the field. While Miami’s offense was stagnant at best, credit should be given to the Bucks defense for limiting a ton of opportunities.

Herro would get it going for the Heat around the 7 minutes mark with five straight points. He really worked to carry the offense with the Heat.

Miami’s reserves were very solid, but the Bucks’ hot shooting continued keeping the Heat out of striking distance. Miami picked things up towards the end, but they’d go into the second down 20.

Second Quarter:

The Bucks’ hot shooting didn’t stop in the second as they continued to run up the score from beyond the arc putting the Bucks up 26. The Heat’s shooting wasn’t bad either, at this point they were shooting 50% from the field, it’s just that where the Bucks had scored 20/29 shots Miami had scored only 10/20. The Bucks also shooting 11/16 from three also didn’t help anything.

With the Heat struggling, KZ Okpala saw minutes. Miami really went hard on defense to slow down the Bucks’ scoring and it worked fairly well. Kendrick Nunn continued to struggle with his shot (he was 1/5), his regression has been evident and honestly a little sad considering how good he was last season.

The Heat would go on a 10-3 run, working to chip away at the lead. There was a lot of good from Achiuwa and Okpala, giving deja-vu of when Herro and Nunn brought the Heat back against the Bucks in their first matchup last season. Herro was in his bag once again effectively trying to will Miami back from their deficit with jumpers and threes.

Still, the Bucks didn’t slow down very much as they continued their efficient shooting and built on their lead. The Heat went into the second half down by 32 and having given up 81 first-half points.

Third Quarter:

Bam got things going right away for the Heat in the third, but a turnover on the following possession dampened the mood a little bit. Okpala found himself in the lineup in place of Harkless.

Miami’s shot selection continued to be questionable with the Heat forcing shots instead of their signature ball movement. Still, there were positives as Bam finally came alive on the offensive end.

Milwaukee just never stopped continuing their offensive assault led by Jrue Holiday, despite the Heat’s best efforts. Every time the Heat looked like they could make a run, the Bucks just shut them down with a DiVincenzo three.

Looking at the positives Avery Bradley never let up competing hard and delivering consistently from three.

Miami found itself in a huge hole going into the fourth down by 39.

Fourth Quarter:

This quarter was effectively garbage time as Coach Spo threw in the young players to get minutes. Precious Achiuwa continued to make the most of his minutes, being aggressive on offense and working hard on the other end.

For the Heat, even without Jimmy Butler, this was a terrible effort and not what is expected from a team coming off a Finals’ run. I’m sure Miami isn’t thrilled about letting the Bucks set an NBA record for three-pointers made with 29. They’ll get a chance to redeem their pathetic performance tomorrow as they face off against the Bucks again.