‘Fear The Deer’: Sheryl Crow, De’Andre Hunter & Others React to Milwaukee Bucks Making Their Way to NBA Finals

Published 07/03/2021, 11:38 PM EDT
Jul 3, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez (11) and Atlanta Hawks center Clint Capela (15) battle for the opening tip-off for game six of the Eastern Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports


After losing Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks, the Atlanta Hawks found themselves in a do-or-die situation. Entering Game 6, their motto should have been ‘Go big or go home’. And even though they tried to abide by it, the Bucks’ momentum was too tough to break. So, by winning Game 6, Milwaukee made its way to the NBA Finals for the first time since 1974.

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Trae Young couldn’t pull off a miracle

Game 5 was as unexpected as it can get. Without Hawks’ Trae Young and Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, the victory could have gone either way. But with Brook Lopez stepping up and putting up a 33-point performance, it was enough for Milwaukee to gain a 3-2 lead with a 123-112 win.

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With all their hard work this season on the line, the Atlanta Hawks had to bring back their superstar Young to save them from getting eliminated and tying the series again in Game 6.

However, still recovering from his bone bruise, Trae Young looked nothing like himself throughout the game.

Giannis was listed officially out for Game 6, and after Game 5, Bucks fans were less worried about his absence. In fact, keeping him well-rested before the NBA Finals was the best choice they made. The rest of the players, especially Khris Middleton, came up big, and Game 6 was over with 118-107. Here’s how NBA Twitter reacted to this.

 

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Third quarter was a game-changer for the Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks started off well by getting an 11-4 lead and looked determined to put an end to the series tonight. Like their last game, they succeeded in the paint, which helped them put up a double-digit lead in the first quarter itself.

Their biggest pro was getting great production from the bench as well. Both Pat Connaughton and Jeff Teague finished the night with 13 and 11 points, respectively.

The Hawks made an effort to keep things in reach and had Cam Reddish and Bogdan Bogdanovic dropping buckets. But that wasn’t enough to keep up with the Bucks.

Then came the third quarter which only starred Khris Middleton. Under 4 minutes, he poured in 16 points, and the Bucks added 44 of their points in this crucial quarter.

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He ended the night with 32 points under his name, along with Jrue Holiday‘s 27 points. Even though they slipped a little in the fourth, their big lead helped them get past the finish line with a win.

Jul 3, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) dribbles the ball against Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) during the third quarter in game six of the Eastern Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Now, the Bucks will be facing the Phoenix Suns in the NBA Finals. While both teams have just gotten out of tough battles, looks like it’s finally time for war.

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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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