Do or Die: The Phoenix Suns need preposterous shooting to win — just the way the Milwaukee Bucks want it

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By Zach Lowe | ESPN Senior Writer

One trend that has perhaps been underdiscussed in these always-evolving NBA Finals: The Milwaukee Bucks are one win from the title in large part because their offense has been really, really good.

The Bucks in the Finals have poured in 117.7 points per 100 possessions, a mark that would have edged the Brooklyn Nets for No. 1 in the regular season. The ugliness of some of Milwaukee’s meandering half-court possessions obscures how lethal this team can be when it gets rolling.

The easiest path to that is to not play in the half court at all, and a big theme in this series has been Milwaukee’s ability to get out in transition. The Bucks aren’t running quite as often as they did in the regular season — when they played in transition more than any team, per Cleaning The Glass — but they are still doing so at an above-average rate, and that’s a win considering the Phoenix Suns were among the very best at keeping teams out of transition.

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