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Down 0-2 to Heat, Bucks know Game 3 is key

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 24, 2013 at 6:10 pm •  Published: April 24, 2013

"We seem to have a stretch of about four, five, six minutes where they kind of get away from us," Boylan said. "We have to figure out how to keep that from happening and keep ourselves in the game."

Added Monta Ellis, "The NBA is all about runs, so we know they're going to make a run. We've just got to be ready to counter it."

Or at least not make it so easy on the Heat.

While Miami seems to have an innate ability to flip a switch and make a run — "We're always proactive trying to look for those spurts and those runs," Bosh said — the Bucks have helped them out with turnovers and poor shots. The Heat are so strong and quick they can turn pretty much any miscue into a fast-break opportunity. Andersen or Bosh will grab a rebound and rifle it to Wade or James or Shane Battier or Ray Allen, who puts up the quick jumper.

If that happens on three or four possessions in a row, the game is going to get out of hand quickly.

"We have to be more relaxed, we have to be more patient," Ellis said. "We're going to have spurts in the game when we're not doing well. We've just got to keep our composure at times like that."

Find a way to get everyone going in the same game, too.

Ellis and Brandon Jennings combined for 48 points in Game 1, but had just 15 on Tuesday night. With Ellis and Jennings struggling, Ersan Ilyasova (21 points), Mike Dunleavy (16) and Sanders (14) gave Milwaukee a boost.

"We've got to just try and tie some things together," Sanders said.

Even if the Bucks should win Thursday, however, the odds are still very much in Miami's favor.

But they have to start somewhere.

"We always believe," Ilyasova said. "The first game at home is really going to be key."

Notes: Sanders said he is fine after "tweaking" his ankle in a collision with Shane Battier on Tuesday night. ... Spoelstra said he expects Battier, who needed stitches in his chin, to play without any limitations, too. ... The Heat spent Wednesday's off day in Miami. "Rest, treatment and fly," Spoelstra said about his team's plans. "We've been going five straight days, we've had a couple very long days. So we'll get back after it tomorrow morning. We know what to expect tomorrow and we're trying to brace ourselves for Game 3."


AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds in Miami contributed to this report.