I'm trying to find some positives here. My thoughts:
- We saw the Bucks play an almost perfect game. All three of Giannis, Middleton, and Holiday played amazing games, and almost all their role players had very good games, too. And despite that, we were down 1 in the closing seconds and had a great chance to win until we lost the ball. Can the Bucks repeat that performance in Game 6? Maybe not.
- We can play better. Sure, Book was incredible, and Ayton and Paul put up pretty good numbers, and our shooting was great percentage-wise. But we didn't move the ball very well, didn't assist on many of our baskets, and didn't generally execute our "0.5" offense properly. And we didn't consistently get stops or box out for rebounds. We can work to improve these things in Game 6; this is under our control.
- There is some chance that wear and tear or other factors could tilt in our favor in Game 6. For one, Giannis seemed so exhausted and overworked at the end of Game 5 that he cramped up and couldn't even do his normal post-game interviews. He had to leave the podium, get worked on, and return. That could affect Game 6. I also wonder whether Giannis might be placed into COVID protocol. His brother, who shares a trainer with Giannis, is in the protocol. Wouldn't Giannis have been around his own brother during those days, and wouldn't that come out during contact tracing? Would the league ask Giannis to sit out Game 6 due to COVID protocol? I'll be interested to see.
- The Suns have been one of the best road teams all season, and especially in the playoffs. It is absolutely possible to go into Milwaukee and win a game. It can be done.
- If we beat them in Game 6, we absolutely have the edge going home for a Game 7. We just need to get that one win in Game 6 and then we are in the driver's seat to win the series.
THIS IS NOT OVER. I STILL BELIEVE!