Bobby Portis ’hard work pushed the Bucks to win Game 5 on Thursday night.
The 26-year-old forward replaced Jannis Antetokounmpo, who stepped aside with a hypertext in his aching left knee in Game 4 and shone in the first playoff start.
The Portis Nets rose to the occasion after sitting for most of the series. He scored the best 22 points of his career in eight rebounds and three assists in the Bucks’ 123-112 win over the Hawks.
The Bakts ’secondary stars accelerated in the absence of Antetokounmpo.
Milwaukee had 22 or more points in four of his five starts, including senior Brooke Lopez, who also impressed with 33 points and seven rebounds in Game 5. Chris Middleton and Jrue Holiday combined for 51 points.
After Game 5, Portis told reporters he didn’t think he would start.
“Knowing that Giannis is down and we need to step up, I think it will make the game even better when we need to be locked in and at the same time be present and ready. I didn’t spend and I didn’t get angry, I just kept working and my time will come, ”Portis explained.
“I always believe in getting things right, and you always do the right thing, it always comes back … I just try to stay in that moment and be a teammate. I give all the confidence to my teammates and coaches because they believe in me. ”
Portis explained how the COVID-19 pandemic helped him be “at peace” with his life.
“It really helped me learn more about myself … Watching guys on TV, not being able to go there [NBA] foam, it hurt a lot … I had to sit a lot and just wait my turn. I’ve really had the opportunity to work a lot in my own game [during the pandemic], “he said.” So it helped me prepare for the moment, but at the same time, it still hurt. ”
Last year, Portis were in the Nicks lineup, which didn’t turn into an NBA bubble. He later joined the Bucks in November 2020 – after being knocked out by the Milwaukee Heat in the Eastern Conference semi-finals in September.
“Coming here was a very good decision for my career,” Portis said after admitting he started his career on a “shaky” record, including a brawl with his team-mate Nikola Mirotic in the October 2017 squad.
Game 6 of the Hawks-Bucks series will take place on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. in Atlanta. If necessary, Game 7 will be played Monday night.
The winner of the final round of the Eastern Conference will play with the Suns.