‘Need KY Back Out There’: NBA Players React to Nets’ Opening Night Loss to Giannis Antetokounmpo and The Milwaukee Bucks

Published 10/19/2021, 11:06 PM EDT
Oct 19, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Patty Mills (8) drives to the basket against Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) in the first half at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports


Milwaukee Bucks have won their season-opening game against the Brooklyn Nets. The game ended with a final score of 127-104. The Eastern Conference favorites clashed in the season-opening game that saw some nerve-clenching highlights.

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From Giannis Antetokounmpo’s insane block to Jrue Holiday’s injury, the game was a series of mixed emotions for the Bucks. The players of both teams had some positives and negatives to take from this game. The Brooklyn Nets roster visibly missed Kyrie Irving on the floor. His offensive contribution could’ve made this game a much closer one than it ended up being.

However, other players around the league took to Twitter to express how it felt watching the season opener. This is how other NBA players reacted to the first game victory for the Milwaukee Bucks.

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Oct 19, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) blocks the shot of Brooklyn Nets forward Nicolas Claxton (33) in the first half at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Players react to the season-opening game

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What does this mean for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Brooklyn Nets?

As the Bucks clinched their first victory of the season, there are several takeaways from this game for both sides. For the Bucks, Giannis dominated the stat line with 32 points, 14 rebounds, and 7 assists with 2 blocks and a steal. And in the disappointing 23 point loss, the one consistent element for the Nets was Durant’s performance. He dropped 32 points and had 11 rebounds with 4 assists.

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However, the most surprising element for the Nets was Patty Mills, who did not miss from the 3-point line tonight. He went 7 for 7 from the 3 point line. Moreover, he was the spark that the Brooklyn Nets needed to get going in the first quarter. Despite the loss, his performance is a key takeaway for Steve Nash’s Brooklyn Nets. Do you think Kyrie’s absence will have a long-term impact on the Nets? Or will they recover from this loss?

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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