Bucks' Portis adapts to role, makes sure he's always ready

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks forward Bobby Portis is relying on lessons he learned earlier in his career as he adapts to his inconsistent playoff usage.

Portis provided a big spark off the bench by scoring 11 points in 18 minutes in Milwaukee's 120-100 Game 3 NBA Finals victory over the Phoenix Suns.

That came after he played just five minutes in a Game 2 loss. It's a familiar pattern for Portis.

He didn't play the final three games of Milwaukee's second-round series with the Brooklyn Nets but averaged 12.5 points against the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference finals.

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