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Adrian Griffin Praises Milwaukee Bucks’ Unsung Hero Vs. Miami Heat

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The usual suspects for the Milwaukee Bucks have been making headlines after their 131-124 win over the Miami Heat on Tuesday night. It was a hard-fought battle that required Milwaukee’s stars to step it up down the stretch as they held off a valiant effort from an undermanned Heat side.

One man who probably isn’t getting as much attention as he should is Brook Lopez.

Milwaukee Bucks Coach Heaps Praise on Brook Lopez

Nov 26, 2023; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Shaedon Sharpe (17) shoots against Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez (11) during the third quarter at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 26, 2023; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Shaedon Sharpe (17) shoots against Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez (11) during the third quarter at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Lopez did not have an offensive explosion on Tuesday, nor did he put up an eye-popping stat line. However, the former All-Star was as dependable as ever against the Heat.

Head Coach Adrian Griffin just had to sing the big man’s praises after another strong performance:

“Brook is Brook — he does it all,” Griffin said. “On both sides of the floor. Defensively, I know Bam (Adebayo) scored his points, but how he scored them… Brook does a tremendous job of guarding him and then trying to protect the paint. There were times he was out of the three-point line guarding. And then on the offensive end, just coming up with big plays. Down the strecth, just a heady play of grabbing that offensive rebound, finding Dame. That was a critical point in the game there.”

Nov 13, 2023; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks head coach Adrian Griffin reacts in the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bulls at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY SportsNov 13, 2023; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks head coach Adrian Griffin reacts in the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bulls at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 13, 2023; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks head coach Adrian Griffin reacts in the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bulls at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

This was the play that Coach Griff was referring to:

Lopez did not exactly battle it out for that crucial offensive board, but you can’t fault the man for once again being at the right place at the right time — and dropping a pinpoint bounce pass to a wide-open Damian Lillard, of course.

“He’s just an (integral) part of what we’re trying to do, especially on the defensive end,” Griffin said, via Jim Owczarski of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “He’s elite on both sides of the ball but his size, his feel for the game – I just think he has great feel. The players trust him. They know he’s back there cleaning it up and making up for any mistakes and breakdowns. He’s invaluable for our defense.”

Nov 22, 2023; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez (11) shoots during the second half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY SportsNov 22, 2023; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez (11) shoots during the second half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 22, 2023; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Milwaukee center Brook Lopez (11) shoots during the second half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

It goes without saying that Brook Lopez is going to be a key piece for the Bucks and their championship aspirations this season.

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