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We’re just hours from tip-off for Game 2 of the playoff rematch between the Miami Heat and the Milwaukee Bucks — the NBA’s first official playoff game. It will be at 7:30 p.m. ET at Fiserv Forum — Milwaukee, Wisconsin on ESPN or Bally Sports Sun.
Both teams enter playing their best basketball of late: the Heat winning 12 of its last 16 while Milwaukee winning 11 of its last 14. This highly-anticipated series pits Miami’s star duo of Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo against Milwaukee’s trio of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday.
Below, I want to detail six potential one-on-one matchups that I am keying in on throughout this series — three on each side of the ball.
Let’s get into it!
BUCKS DEFENSE vs. HEAT OFFENSE
Jrue Holiday on Duncan Robinson
I expect Holiday to receive a healthy dosage of matchups against each of Miami’s backcourt threats, not just one player, which is Robinson in this case. That said, if anyone can navigate and blow up Miami’s trademarked dribble handoffs, it’s Jrue Holiday. He can also slither through multiple pin downs and staggered screens, showing the capability to attach any of Miami’s off-ball threats like gorilla glue.
I noted a couple of days ago that Robinson’s off-ball movement and gravity is so crucial to the team’s offensive success, and freeing others up. Well Holiday’s off-ball defensive presence poses a new obstacle that wasn’t there in last year’s series. He swarms passing lanes, in addition to using his quickness and strength to thwart any offensive action thrown his way. I’m interested to see how Robinson and head coach Erik Spoelstra combats Holiday’s stout defensive nature.
New Orleans Pelicans v Miami Heat
Jimmy Butler (22) of the Miami Heat drives to the basket against Jrue Holiday (11), when he was with the New Orleans Pelicans, during the second half at American Airlines Arena on November 16, 2019. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images
Jrue Holiday on Jimmy Butler
This might be my most intriguing matchup above all, partly because we didn’t get to see it during the regular season because Butler didn’t play in any of their three regular season meetings. He averaged 23.4 points on 53.2 percent shooting in the five playoff games against Milwaukee last season. But he’s struggled in recent memory versus Holiday, who Butler’s previously regarded as “tough” and a “hell of a player.” In 143.4 partial possessions between since 2017-18, Butler’s shot a combined 35.9 percent on 39 attempts with five turnovers against Holiday, per NBA.com’s matchup tracking analysis.
It’s going to be interesting to track how often Holiday is matched up this time around against Butler, who’s coming off the best year of his career. Holiday is Mike Budenholzer’s shiny new toy, and I’m sure he can’t wait to unleash it against one of the league’s most impactful offensive players. This is exactly why Jon Horst traded multiple first-round picks for Holiday, followed by extending him for $135 million mid-way through the season. Holiday’s been everything they’ve hoped for, and more!