STREAM LIVE >> Phoenix Suns vs Milwaukee Bucks Live Stream NBA Play Off 2021 Final (Game 5) Online Live Streaming Links Full HD

The Bucks exorcized the demons of last year’s playoffs in the first round, sweeping a Miami Heat team that had ousted them in the 2020 Eastern Conference semifinals in embarrassing fashion.

They, too, benefited from injuries to James Harden and Kyrie Irving in the second round, and still required overtime in Game 7 to beat Kevin Durant. And in the conference finals,

Milwaukee avoided the Philadelphia 76ers, who could not survive a severely limiting knee injury to Joel Embiid and an absolute offensive meltdown by Ben Simmons.

Instead, the Bucks faced the fifth-seeded Hawks, who lost rising superstar Trae Young to an ankle injury in Games 4 and 5 of a series that should have been shorter. Of course,

Milwaukee also lost two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo to a hyperextended knee midway through Game 4 and still managed to win Games 5 and 6 handily behind bona fide supporting actors Jrue Holiday, Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez.

The Bucks have for years now been a dominant regular-season team, balancing elite defense with high-efficiency offense. That offense failed them in postseasons past,

when Antetokounmpo’s inability to score outside 5 feet and Eric Bledsoe’s disappearing act made them mortal. Trading Bledsoe for Holiday gave the offense another playmaking dimension and strengthened a defense that now ranks No. 1 in the playoffs.

Still, everything hinges on the health of Antetokounmpo, who avoided structural damage to his left knee. Our Chris Haynes reported optimism that he could have been available for a Game 7 of the conference finals that never happened,

and Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer called the injury “just a day-to-day thing” leading into Game 1 of the NBA Finals. We will surely see him at some point. At what strength is a question.

In their first meeting, played during a February trial run starting Frank Kaminsky at power forward, all five Suns starters scored in double figures, led by 58 points from Paul and Booker, to overcome a masterful 47-point effort from Antetokounmpo.

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The victory bolstered Phoenix’s credibility as a contender after a decade mired in the lottery, and the loss raised more questions about who executes late in games for Milwaukee.

Granted, the Bucks played that first showdown without Holiday, who was diagnosed with COVID-19.Although, Phoenix’s roster balance outlasted 84 combined points from Antetokounmpo, Holiday and Middleton in a mid-April overtime victory,

thanks to Bucks forward P.J. Tucker’s last-second foul on Booker. The two teams could not have been more evenly matched, so fingers crossed for Antetokounmpo’s health. 

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