Where We’re At
Going into the series, everyone would agree this would be a tough matchup between two teams with high-powered offenses. Brooklyn was able to deal with the initial blow of losing James Harden in the first minute and used their two stars in Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to set the pace while Blake Griffin, Mike James and Nicolas Claxton made their own contributions. Brooklyn just continued a sustained offensive attack and Milwaukee gifted them chances with turnovers, early shot clock threes and missed free throws. The Bucks started strong in the first quarter and took an early lead but struggled later on. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Brook Lopez were the only ones on Milwaukee who produced well for the Bucks and Milwaukee will hope for improved performances from everyone else.
Milwaukee will only be missing Donte DiVincenzo while the status of James Harden is OUT.
James Harden is OUT for Game 2 of Nets-Bucks due to right hamstring tightness.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 6, 2021
Player to Watch
Khris Middleton did not have a good Game One. His 13 points on 6-23 shooting was just flat out not good enough. Couple that with an underwhelming defensive showing, it really made his Game One a game to forget. If Milwaukee wants to even the series, Middleton has to be better and play up to the contract and status of player that he is.
Game two: Against the Nets, Milwaukee will....
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