The Bucks find themselves in a must-win situation heading into Game 3 against the Suns. After a couple of tough losses in Phoenix, Milwaukee knows it can’t fall into a 3-0 hole, as no team has ever overcome that deficit in an NBA playoff series.
Despite their struggles to start the NBA Finals, the Bucks remain confident. They have been tested throughout the postseason, including in the Eastern Conference semifinals when they bounced back after dropping the first two games against the Nets.
“It’s going to be tough. That’s a great team over there,” Bucks forward Khris Middleton said during Saturday’s media availability. “But we just got to stay the course. Figure out the things that we did wrong. Figure out the things we did do good and continue to do the things we do well and try to expand on that. And then limit the things that we didn’t do too well.”
The Suns, meanwhile, aren’t going to rest on their laurels. Phoenix sees Game 3 as a golden opportunity to push Milwaukee to the brink of elimination.
“For us, the biggest game of the year is tomorrow. Tomorrow. It’s a must-win game for us,” Suns guard Chris Paul said on Saturday. “We got to come out with that mindset. Know that they’re home, they’re more comfortable, they will be in front of their fans. But we got to be us. We got to be us and we got to be the hungrier team, and so that’s what we’ll do.”
Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights from Suns vs. Bucks in the 2021 NBA Finals. Follow along right here for complete results from Sunday’s Game 3.
Suns vs. Bucks score
Suns vs. Bucks live updates, highlights from Game 3
8:50 p.m. — Khris Middleton finishes through contact and goes to the line for his first free throw attempt of the series. (Yes, you read that correctly.)
End of first quarter: Suns 28, Bucks 25
8:40 p.m. — Feed the big man. Deandre Ayton leads all scorers with 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting.
8:25 p.m. — Chris Paul to Deandre Ayton on the pick-and-roll? Yep, we’ve seen that work before.
8:15 p.m. — Jrue Holiday scores the first points of Game 3. It would be great for the Bucks if they can get him rolling early on the offensive end.
8 p.m. — The fans hanging out in the Deer District are just a little bit excited about seeing their team in the NBA Finals.
7:40 p.m. — The starters for each team …
- Bucks: Jrue Holiday, Khris Middleton, P.J. Tucker, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez
- Suns: Chris Paul, Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, Jae Crowder, Deandre Ayton
7:20 p.m. — Suns forward Torrey Craig, who left Game 2 after suffering a right knee injury, is officially available to play in Game 3.
Tonight’s Health Update:
Torrey Craig: (Right Knee Contusion) is AVAILABLE
Dario Šarić (Right ACL Tear) is OUT
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) July 11, 2021
Suns vs. Bucks start time
- Date: Sunday, July 11
- Start time: 8 p.m. ET | 5 p.m. PT
Game 3 of the NBA Finals will tip off at 8 p.m. ET. Games 3 and 4 will be held at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee.
How to watch the NBA Finals
Bucks vs. Suns will be broadcast live on ABC. You can live stream Game 3 via Watch ESPN or the Watch ESPN app.
The game can also be streamed on fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial.
NBA Finals schedule 2021
(All times Eastern)
(3) Bucks vs. (2) Suns: Phoenix leads 2-0
|July 6||Suns 118, Bucks 105||9 p.m.||ABC|
|July 8||Suns 118, Bucks 108||9 p.m.||ABC|
|July 11||Game 3||8 p.m.||ABC|
|July 14||Game 4||9 p.m.||ABC|
|July 17||Game 5*||9 p.m.||ABC|
|July 20||Game 6*||9 p.m.||ABC|
|July 22||Game 7*||9 p.m.||ABC|
* If necessary