The Bucks and Nets wrapped up their second game in three days against each other, and neither disappointed. With the end of the season approaching, these games had a playoff-type of vibe to them, which makes sense considering the high probability of them potentially meeting each other if they finish second and third in the east. If that is the case, it should shake out to be a pretty good series. Here are some things we can look forward to.
KD vs Giannis Battle
That’s right. One of the most anticipated playoff duels out there could happen if these two match up. We even got a little taste of what it could look like in these past two games but more so the Sunday afternoon game. The Bucks snuck away with the win behind a 49 point Giannis performance, but the Nets were a Kevin Durant buzzer-beater away that just barely missed as time expired from overtime. Had they gone to overtime, we likely would have seen KD, who had 40 in the game, and Giannis both eclipse 50 points. Now, if that doesn’t get you excited for a seven-game series, you may just not like basketball.
Jrue Holiday Locking Up Kyrie
So, what really is locking up Kyrie? More of a flashy headline than anything else but outside of maybe Ben Simmons, Jrue Holiday is the best matchup on Kyrie Irving that there is in the league. Jrue came up with some big plays on Kyrie, including a late turnover Tuesday. A part of a big three himself, Jrue really showed some grit guarding Kyrie on Sunday more than Tuesday. As I stated earlier, nobody can really “lock-up Kyrie,” but I believe that a series against Jrue Holiday would be his toughest matchup.
The Nets Bucks Have All the Makings of a Playoff Series
This is what playoff basketball is all about, and this is exactly why we need a Buck Nets series. The close games, the superstars, MVPs, NBA Champions, and players like James Harden and Giannis, both of which are still trying to prove they can win the big one. It has all the makings of everything you could want in an NBA game and even more of what you would want in a playoff series. The first game ended a three-point shot away from overtime and the second game came down to late free throws. While the Bucks won both of these games, the Nets played both games without Harden, who should add even more of an interesting dynamic to this hypothetical but very possible series.