LeBron James, Magic Johnson & Other NBA Players React to Milwaukee Bucks’ Mind Blowing Upset Over Brooklyn Nets

Published 06/19/2021, 11:55 PM EDT
Jun 19, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) puts up a one handed jump shot over Brooklyn Nets forward Blake Griffin (2) in the second quarter during game seven in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports


The audience labeled Brooklyn Nets vs Milwaukee Bucks as the most interesting playoff series, and rightly so. After the Nets started off with a lead in the series, the Bucks ensured that they didn’t let them win so easily. After tying the series 2-2, they ensured the Nets were taken to an intense Game 7 in a winner-takes-all. However, the Bucks could pull off another magical upset in this crucial game and the match ended 113-111 in OT- a victory for the Bucks.

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This was supposed to be the Brooklyn Nets’ first Eastern Conference Finals appearance since 2003. The Game was completely dominated by the Nets at first, as they won Games 1 and 2. In fact, they were the favorites to win the title this season.

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However, injuries were their biggest foe against Milwaukee Bucks. James Harden was suffering from a hamstring injury and wasn’t in his best form. Kyrie Irving was pulled out because of an ankle injury after Game 2 and while Nets fans had full faith in Durant to drag them across the finish line, alone, their hopes were brutally crushed.

Nobody expected Milwaukee to rise up against the ‘Big Three’ of the year. Even when the trio was formed, they were deemed as an unstoppable force, but the Bucks triumphed and even Twitter can’t believe its eyes.

What went wrong for the Brooklyn Nets?

Game 7 was a constant tug-of-war. One minute the Bucks had a lead, and the next it was the Brooklyn Nets. Although it was the second half where the Bucks really turned it around.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo was more accurate with his shots and even had a three-point battle with Durant. Despite fans booing him in the arena and mocking him for his free throws, he ended the night with a whopping 40-point performance and 12 rebounds.

Jun 19, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) and Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) fight for a loose ball in the second quarter during game seven in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

This was less than Kevin Durant, who had another 48-point performance, but it wasn’t enough. The Nets felt Irving’s absence more than ever as they collapsed steps away from winning the game. The two teams held on for dear life and dragged the game into overtime, but Harden missed his chance at a championship again. Something his fans have been dying to witness.

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Better luck next time for the Nets. Now the Bucks await the result for the 76ers vs Hawks Game 7. Who do you think will they be facing for the

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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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