‘Super Blessed’: Milwaukee Bucks’ Jrue Holiday Gives an Emotional Speech after Lifting EC Champions Trophy

Published 07/04/2021, 12:00 AM EDT
Jun 23, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) drives against Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday (21) in the third quarter during game one of the Eastern Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports

The Milwaukee Bucks traveled to Atlanta to play their Game 6 against the Hawks and seal the ECF. With a 13-4 beginning, the Bucks registered their best on-road start in this series, and that helped them with the momentum. As a result, they reached their first NBA Finals after 47 years of drought. 


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Jrue Holiday started cooking quite early as the Hawks struggled to keep him off the paint. Although the home team had their leading scorer Trae Young back in the starting line-up, it helped them psychologically and not offensively. 


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Jrue Holiday expresses his genuine love for Milwaukee Bucks

The Hawks announced just an hour prior to the game that Ice Trae would start for them. However, this desperate move from the Hawks did not reap much benefit as Trae started Q1 with just 3 points and continued to play with a lack of mobility.

As a result, his jumpers looked underconfident, and he missed all of his long-range shots.

On the other hand, Jrue Holiday scored 27 points, 9 rebs, 9 assists, 4 steals, and 2 blocks in a crazy all-round game. The California-born played seven seasons with the Pelicans and four with Philly but never tasted the team success he did in his first year in Milwaukee. As a result, emotions were pouring during his post-game interview.

With the Eastern Conference Championship in his hands, the former All-Star expressed, “Man I’m feeling like I’ve never felt before. As a little kid, everybody here wanted to be a part of this. Just the chance to go to the finals is amazing. So, super blessed, everybody, I’m so proud of you all, bro…”


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What were the key highlights from their game against the Hawks?

From Q1, it had to be the smash mountain dunk from Brook Lopez on a Bobby Portis assist. The center scored 8 points in the first 10 minutes, and it felt like a glimpse of his 33-point night from Game 5.

But the best sight was watching Giannis Antetokounmpo coaching Portis and others from the sidelines.

Later, the Bucks saw Jeff Teague taking the corner shooting role from PJ Tucker and being as impressive as one can be. With PJ missing his initial six three-pointer attempts, Teague made made up for the loss with his 3/3.


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However, in the first half, the Bucks scored 20/47 points from inside the paint, thanks to Jrue Holiday’s grit and Brook Lopez’s monstrous self.

Notably, after a quiet first half, Khris Middleton started generating ‘Khash money’ and scored 23 points in the third quarter alone. This improvement in his game pushed the Hawks inside the pothole from where they never came out.

Now, the next stop is Phoenix. Do you see the Bucks winning Game 1 of the NBA Finals? Help us know in the comments.


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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.