By Adam Roberts – 6/18/2021
They say the most exciting two words in sports are Game Seven. Those two words may also be responsible for the majority of nausea cases in Americans during the course of the year.
It’s safe to say fans of both the Bucks and Nets will feel uneasy entering into tomorrow night’s decisive Eastern Conference Semifinal. But the one thing Bucks fans can take into tomorrow night is that they didn’t fall apart yesterday. That easily could have been the case; instead, Khris Middleton scored 38 points in maybe his best postseason game as a Buck and Milwaukee defeated the Nets 104-89. Those 38 points were a playoff career-high for Middleton on a night where the Bucks would never trail just two nights removed from an epic collapse late in Game Five.
Giannis added 30 points, but the true second star of the night behind Middleton was the Milwaukee defense. The D kept Kevin Durant from having another “team on my back” moment like he had in Game Five despite a 10 point Durant run in the third quarter which cut the Milwaukee lead to five.
The final game of the series could likely be decided by whether or not Milwaukee dominates the inside; apart from a 5-8 night for Middleton, the Bucks shot 2-25 from three in the game last night, meaning their scoring was predominantly in the paint. Also important to note: the home team has won each game this series, meaning the crowd may play a role at the Barclays Center tomorrow evening.
Coverage from Brooklyn will begin at 7pm tomorrow night on ESPN La Crosse 105.5 and espnlacrosse.com!