‘Going to Sweep Them’: Charles Barkley Makes Bold Bet on the Milwaukee Bucks Against the Miami Heat

Published 05/25/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
May 24, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives to the basket against Miami Heat forward Trevor Ariza (8) and guard Duncan Robinson (55) in the first quarter during game 2 in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports


The Milwaukee Bucks destroyed the Miami Heat in Game 2 of the first round of the playoffs. After the way the Heat kicked them out of the playoffs last season, the Bucks are out for blood. And what everyone is thinking right now is whether Milwaukee can pull off a clean sweep against them or not. Charles Barkley seems to think so; in fact, he is certain.

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A plethora of threes and dunks mixed with an incredible performance by Bryn Forbes off the bench, who added 22 points on the scoreboard all contributed to this victory. Let’s not forget Giannis Antetokounmpo putting on a show for his audience with his 31-point performance as well, along with 13 rebounds and 6 assists.

The first quarter itself was a big blow to the Miami Heat and something they failed to recover from during the rest of the game. By halftime, the score was 78-51, and it was clear that Giannis and his team were here to dominate.

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May 24, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Miami Heat guard Kendrick Nunn (25) puts up shot over Milwaukee Bucks guard Bryn Forbes (7) in the second quarter during game two in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports

The next two quarters seemed like the Bucks were playing for fun. The Heat showed absolutely no signs of rallying back and fans had already considered the Bucks as the winner. It is highly unlikely for the Heat to cause an upset against a team with such great form, the Bucks are actually looking to end this by Game 4 itself. Even legendary Charles Barkley has full faith in this possibility.

The Milwaukee Bucks heading for a clean sweep?

On TNT, analyst Charles Barkley couldn’t hold back from throwing praises at the Bucks, especially Giannis. He also made a bold prediction about their matchup with Miami Heat in the first round.

“They’re going to sweep them,” Barkley said. “Miami can’t beat them. I’m telling you, the addition of Jrue Holiday and P.J. Tucker, this is a much better playoff team. Those other (Bucks) teams were built for the regular season. I love Giannis’ movement without the ball. They’re not just giving him the ball at the top of the key. They’re going to sweep the Miami Heat.”

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Hearing this must be a big relief for the Bucks fans. After fingers were pointed at Giannis for not being competent enough to lead the team to a championship, this is a big punch back. But for how long they can continue to wreak havoc, remains to be seen.

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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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