Milwaukee had the best record in the regular season, but that didn’t mean much come playoff time. Miami buried free throws late to win Game Five, 103-94, and wrap up the second-round series. MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo did not play thanks to a bad ankle, injured in the second quarter Sunday night. Forward Khris Middleton wasn’t quite as proficient in his absence in Game Five, netting 23 points instead of 36. Even with guard Dante DiVincenzo chipping in 17, the Bucks were unable to generate enough offense to pressure the Heat. There were only two lead changes in the entire game, and Miami was in front from midway through the second quarter until the final buzzer.
Already speculation has begun about where Antetokounmpo will be playing next year. Rumors have persisted for the past two seasons that he wants to win a championship. If Giannis doesn’t feel like that can be done in Milwaukee, expect him to ask for a trade. On the other side of the equation, he is under contract still, and Milwaukee will most likely be able to give him an extraordinary payday for staying a Buck. Very few franchises have the cash available to match what Milwaukee can offer.