“That’s a Bar”: Veteran Media Personality, Whose Kobe Bryant Story Moved Thousands, Wins Over NBA World With Hot Take On Jimmy Butler vs Nikola Jokic

Published 06/02/2023, 5:27 AM EDT

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Miami Heat could not match the Denver Nuggets’ firepower in Game 1. Nikola Jokic single-handedly out-powered Jimmy Butler and his men with his physical prowess. Despite Butler and Bam Adebayo’s attempts to raise the ante, Denver continued to suffocate the Heat’s offense with a dominating defense. With countless opinions pouring in after the defeat, it seems Miami is facing some heat.

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The Thursday night game had a nightmare ending for the Heat as they succumbed to a 104-93 loss. Additionally, the most-awaited Gabe Vincent and Maxx Strus failed to deliver in the initial part of the game. 

Veteran analyst’s hot take on the Jimmy Butler VS Nikola Jokic contest leaves fans in disbelief

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Many in the NBA circles had their say on Game 1 of the Finals clash. The veteran ESPN anchor Elle Duncan’s take on the game, however, had fans nodding in agreement. Taking a dig at the Heat with a harsh comparison, Duncan said, “This sort of feels like asking the egg ‘Do you want to get fried or scrambled?’ Either way, you’re going to get cooked.” 

Notably, the Nuggets stormed the playoffs with dominant performances, and importantly, have lost only 3 games in the entire postseason. On the other side, the Heat have an underdog story. The 8-seeded team emerged as the Conference champions after defeating the top 2 seeding teams in the playoffs. After the game, fans were quick to take to social media, reacting to Duncan’s hot take.

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This isn’t the first time Duncan has won over hearts. The presenter once left national television viewers’ eyes soaking wet with her moving Kobe Bryant story. Duncan expressed how Mamba cherished girl children in his life.

She concluded her story by saying, “He died doing what he loved the most: being a dad. Being a girl Dad.”

Fans react to Duncan’s hot take

In response to Duncan’s hot take on the Heat, fans swarmed the social media comments with hilarious responses. One user said, “No clue who that is, but that’s a bar.” Following are some reactions from NBA Twitter.

G Vincent and Strus failed to drop a single point in the first half of the game. However, Vincent dropped 19 points in the latter half, but Strus didn’t bother the scorers. 

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The Heat fans’ attention would be mostly on Jimmy Butler and the upcoming games, considering his heroics in the previous series. 

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Shahul Hameed

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Shahul Hameed is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports, where he brings his passion for sports and entertainment journalism to life. With a Master's Degree in journalism from a reputed institute and years of experience in the industry, Shahul always strives to provide insightful and astute coverage of the NBA to the fans. Shahul's love for sports writing dates back to his college days.
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