‘Fear The Deer’: NBA Players React to Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks Defeating Nets in Game 6

Published 06/17/2021, 11:22 PM EDT
Jun 17, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) kicks it back out against Brooklyn Nets forward Jeff Green (8) and guard James Harden (13) in the third quarter during game six in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports


The Brooklyn Nets served NBA fans with one of the best playoff games seen this season, which was essentially a one-man show with Kevin Durant carrying the rest of the team on its back with his legendary performance. The Nets were able to steal an obvious win from the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 5, and Game 6 turned out to be Milwaukee’s revenge on them.

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While everyone knew that the Bucks vs Nets matchup would be a tussle, both teams had fans fooled at one point with the expectation that they would put an end to the series before it reached Game 7. But this was not to be.

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Unfortunately for the Nets, Kevin Durant couldn’t pull out another miraculous night for them to rely on. After KD’s 49 point performance in the last game, the Nets looked like they would carry this momentum into Game 6 and send the Bucks crashing out of the playoffs.

In fact, Game 6 held some resemblance to Game 5 because the Milwaukee Bucks looked like they were in control for the most part, but nobody was going to mistake their leads this time with them winning. But the Bucks seemed to have learned their lesson and didn’t let the Nets cover up the deficit so easily.

The Bucks started off big as usual; only this time, they were constantly on their toes. Thanks to Giannis and Khris Middleton leading the way, the Game came to an unpredictable end at 104-89. Now that the series is 3-3, there is only one direction that it can end in. As the series goes to a final Game 7, NBA Twitter fans had their own response to the Bucks’ comeback.

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Where did the Brooklyn Nets fall short?

Much like the last game, James Harden wasn’t as helpful as he should have been. Despite Durant’s 32 points and 11 rebounds, Harden only had 16 points to contribute to the board. In fact, Bucks’ Middleton was responding to KD shot by shot. If it weren’t for him, the Bucks might have not seen the face of a Game 7.

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Jun 17, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) drives between Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) and forward Jeff Green (8) in the first quarter during game six in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports

Middleton also turned out to be the lead scorer of this game with 38 points and 10 rebounds, whereas Giannis Antetokounmpo did his part with 30 points and a whopping 17 rebounds.

The Nets are not challenging enough when they don’t have their Durant-Irving duo and with Harden not as productive either, Brooklyn could lose their shot at a title this season. Will the Milwaukee Bucks be the underdogs that win the ECSF?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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