WATCH: Bucks’ Jrue Holiday Embarrasses Raptors’ Pascal Siakam; Puts Him On Skates

Published 01/27/2021, 10:28 PM EST
Jan 9, 2021; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday (21) celebrates with guard Donte DiVincenzo (0) against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Monroe/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports


The Milwaukee Bucks traded for Jrue Holiday in the off-season in a gamble to convince Giannis Antetokounmpo to stay. It paid off as he later signed the supermax with them. Holiday has proven he can be a solid third star for the Bucks so far.

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Tonight, against the Toronto Raptors, Holiday showed off his dribbling skills as well. He had Pascal Siakam guarding him closely, so he improvised and decided to play smart. He started dribbling and as soon as Siakam stopped, he took a boost. With this move, Holiday put the Cameroonian on skates, and he was left embarrassed. He could only watch as Holiday finished the easy layup.

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Holiday is an underrated ball-handler, who is mostly known for his defense. He contributes to the offense with his playmaking and also his outside shooting. These are the main attributes which the Bucks needed on the team when they brought him in.

Milwaukee Bucks take down their Eastern Conference rivals Raptors

Tonight’s win was their 11th of the season. It was a close game, and the Bucks just had a one-point lead entering the fourth quarter. He may have had that highlight earlier, but except for that, it was a terrible game for Holiday. He finished with just seven points, shooting 3-14 from the field.

That performance could have cost the Bucks a win, but they had their other stars stepping up. Khris Middleton continued to prove he is one of the best shooters in the league, as he went 5-8 from three. He had 24 points tonight, the same as Giannis. The Greek Freak was a monster on the glass as he grabbed 18 rebounds and was one assist shy of a triple-double.

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Their record is now 11-6, which is not what one would expect from a contending team. They were the best team in the East for two years running, but aren’t living up to that level so far. The rise of the Nets’ Big 3 puts a lot of pressure on them, so the Bucks will be hoping Giannis can step up when those big games come.

They are up against the Pelicans in their next game, and it should be a comfortable win.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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