#3 Jrue Holiday’s defense on Devin Booker
The Milwaukee Bucks' Jrue Holiday had a horrible shooting night, making just 4-of-19 from the field and 2-of-7 from three. But he made up for it by playing stellar defense on the Phoenix Suns’ hot-shooting Devin Booker.
Holiday stole the ball four times from the Suns and made every shot by Booker a difficult one. That’s why he had a +12 in plus/minus, better than Antetokounmpo’s (+10) and Middleton’s (+11).
#4 Milwaukee Bucks moved the ball
The Milwaukee Bucks made it a point to look for their teammates in Game 6. Though it was a struggle for both teams to score, the Bucks found seams in the defense, not just to make shots for themselves but also to give others an opportunity.
The Bucks had 20 assists, a small number mostly because of all the nervous energy the players had, but it was much better than the Phoenix Suns’ 14 total for the game.
#5 Phoenix Suns couldn’t make wide open shots
There were plenty of opportunities for the Phoenix Suns to take Game 6 on the road. But they bricked multiple wide-open shots from mid-range and three-point territory. There were miscues by the Milwaukee Bucks on defense that allowed the Suns to get good looks.
But the thought of losing the NBA Finals to the Milwaukee Bucks may have been at the back of their minds and the pressure may also have been too much for the players. For the Phoenix Suns, only Chris Paul, Cameron Payne and Frank Kaminsky shot better than 50 percent from the field. The rest were atrocious, contributing to 44.2 percent shooting from the field, including 24.0 percent from three.