This past Sunday, the Brooklyn Nets traveled to Milwaukee to take on the Bucks in what was a thrilling matchup and a potential Eastern Conference Finals matchup. The two NBA teams will play each other again Tuesday night, but Sunday offered a glimpse into what the future holds for both the Nets and the Bucks.
James Harden has been out for the Nets since April 5th with a hamstring injury and he did not play in this game in Milwaukee, and at times, it seemed like the Nets needed him out there with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant.
The Bucks wound up pulling away from the Nets at the end of the game and came out victorious 117-114. Behind Giannis Antetokiunmpo’s 49 points, the Bucks were able to hold off the Nets and Kevin Durant, who scored 42 points for the third time this season and in back-to-back games now.
After the game, Giannis had this to say to reporters: “Tonight that picture I created, that’s who I want to be moving forward. It doesn’t matter if I score 49 points. I don’t care about that. What I care about is how I slowed down, how I was able to find my teammates. How if I missed one, missed a second one, missed a third one and still be able to come down and shoot another one. This is what I believe I can be.”
Brooklyn is now a half a game behind the 76ers for first-place in the Eastern Conference and Milwaukee is only 2.5 games behind the Nets for the 2-seed in the conference, but what does this Bucks win mean for the Eastern Conference as we head into the playoffs?
Here are the three biggest takeaways from the Bucks-Nets showdown the other night.