The Milwaukee Bucks were in real danger of losing 3-0 in their second-round series to the Brooklyn Nets, but they found a way to prevail 86-83 in Game 3 on Thursday at home.
It would have been absolutely devastating to be pushed over the precipice of elimination. To be swept away almost certainly cost Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer his job and questioned whether Giannis Antetokounmpo could one day lead Milwaukee to an NBA championship.
But for now at least, Deer skeptics are being kept in check. Given that the Bucks shot just 37.8% from the field and blocked 25 of 31 three-point attempts, their determination to land this “W” in Wisconsin is to be commended.
Thanks to a 30-11 first quarter, Milwaukee built a huge lead, then relied on its defensive prowess to force Kevin Durant into a bad night. The hosts gave the Nets their best shot and landed.