Heat have Bucks in serious trouble going into Game 3

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Milwaukee Bucks' Khris Middleton (22) goes down during the second half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game against the Miami Heat Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Heat won 116-114. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Having the NBA's best record during the regular season shows the obvious potential of the Milwaukee Bucks.

It also means they haven't dealt with major on-court adversity often.

They are now, facing a pivotal Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series against the rolling Miami Heat on Friday night. The top-seeded Bucks have dropped the first two games to the fifth-seeded Heat, marking just the fifth time this season that they've had a multi-game losing streak.

“We've said it many times," Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “I think your character really comes through when you face adversity, when you're tested. I think the character of this group is off the charts."

They are being tested now, so that theory better ring true for Milwaukee — or else.

The ending of Game 2 was bizarre, a close call looking like it would take a win away from Miami — Goran Dragic’s foul of Khris Middleton with the Heat up by three in the final seconds, a play where Middleton tied the game with three free throws.

Of course, then came Giannis Antetokounmpo’s foul of Jimmy Butler with no time left. Butler made a free throw for the win, made another because the rules said he had to take it, and the Heat left 116-114 winners and up 2-0 in the series.

“We're not focused on anything after Game 3," Bucks center Brook Lopez said. “We're not looking back on anything from Game 2 or Game 1. We're looking at what's in front of us."