The Brooklyn Nets (24-13) fell to the Milwaukee Bucks (26-15) in Barclays Center as it was not the night Nets’ fans and players hoped to be. The Nets’ lost to the Bucks’ with a final score of 121-109 as they trailed throughout the majority of the game.
The major storyline coming into this game between two potential Eastern Conference playoff rivals was the notion that Kyrie Irving would not be with the team. Irving joined the Nets in their win against the Indiana Pacers but due to the agreement between the player and the team, he was not available for the game against the Bucks’ in Brooklyn due to New York City’s COVID-19 mandate.
Although one of the Nets Big Three was not on the floor against the third-ranked Eastern Conference team, they still tried to compete with a Bucks’ team that had won six of their last 10 games.
Kevin Durant had a solid game but it was not enough as his 29 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists were not sufficient to keep this game close enough in the second half. James Harden had the stats and yet leaves a lot to be desired. He had 16 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists. Harden has the stats to indicate he left a mark on the game, but he played the second-most minutes on the Nets and had the second-worst +/- ratio with a -20. Not to pick on Harden, but when Irving is not on the floor he has to be the player he used to be in Houston.
Durant and company could not stop Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo who had 31 points, 9 assists, and 7 rebounds. Antetokounmpo was coming off an inactive night versus the Toronto Raptors and made his presence felt as the Nets could not stop him from attacking the basket.
What’s next for Nets?
After last night’s tough loss to the Bucks, the Brooklyn Nets can look forward to hosting the San Antonio Spurs (15-23). This could be an opportunity for the Nets’ to work on their team rotation and rest a few players as they will have a cross-country trip to Portland and then back to face the red-hot DeMar DeRozan and Chicago Bulls (26-10). This upcoming week also features games back in Barclays Center on Thursday and Saturday so there’s a jam-packed schedule for the Brooklyn Nets’ to finish strong as we near the All-Star break!
|vs. San Antonio at 12:00 P.M.||Sunday, January 9th, 2022|
|@ Portland at 10:00 P.M||Monday, January 10th, 2022|
|@ Chicago at 10:00 P.M.||Wednesday, January 12th, 2022|
|vs. Oklahoma City at 8:30 P.M||Thursday, January 13th, 2022|
|vs. New Orleans at 7:30 P.M.||Saturday, January 15th, 2022|
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