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The New Play: A Breakdown

Folks...the Milwaukee Bucks ran something other than The Khris Play, and look what it got them: An extremely satisfying 127-125 win over the Charlotte Hornets. Beyond the victory, though, what might have been more remarkable was the offensive set coach Mike Budenholzer had his team execute with the game tied and 5.9 seconds of play remaining. We’ve all come to know, love, and loathe Milwaukee’s option A in this situation: running Khris Middleton off 2 or 3 off-ball screens into the nearest corner for a three, normally draped by 8 defenders. Instead of going back to the same old, the Bucks opted to put the spotlight on superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, and it was a beauty:

There is so, so, so, so much going on here, all of it a veritable feast for those who love seeing deliberate Xs and Os executed at a high level.