WATCH: Giannis Antetokounmpo Turns Into Superman to Deny Nets’ Nicolas Claxton at the Rim

Published 10/19/2021, 8:41 PM EDT
Sep 27, 2021; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) and forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) and guard Jrue Holiday (21) pose for pictures during Media Day at the Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports


The NBA regular season is back, and the champions show a strong start to the new campaign. Giannis Antetokounmpo keeps up with his reputation of unreal blocks on attempts that seemed destined to go in. He pulled off another insane block in the first quarter of the opening night.

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Look at the clutch block in the first quarter on Nicholas Claxton. “Block by Antetokounmpo!” is like music to the ears of Bucks fans. The reigning Finals MVP displays the confidence of being the leader of the defending champions. In the second quarter, they declared this block, the play of the game so far.

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Will Giannis Antetokounmpo lead the Bucks to their first victory this season?

The Milwaukee Bucks have shown a strong start in the first quarter. They ended the first quarter up 12 points after a stellar display on defense and the three-point line. The only strong display so far from the Brooklyn Nets has come from the new signing Patty Mills. He came into the first quarter with the confidence expected from one of the top 3 scorers from the Olympics. He averaged over 23 points per game in the Olympics. He splashed in two three-pointers to prevent this game from getting away from the Nets in the first quarter itself.

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Oct 14, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Patty Mills (8) shoots against Minnesota Timberwolves guard Patrick Beverley (22) during the third quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Nevertheless, the Bucks look like the team with a better chemistry on the floor at the moment. As the home team in this first game, the crowd is also an added advantage for the defending champions. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton look like the strong duo that led the Bucks to the championship last season.

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However, can they maintain this consistency as the Nets look to fight back? Halfway into the second quarter, the Bucks were up by 15 points. Do you think the Bucks will see this lead through or will the Nets fight their way back? Will Kyrie‘s absence impact the Nets’ team morale? Let us know what you think.

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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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