After completing 34 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists at the Barclays Center against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night, Brooklyn Nets star James Harden has begun to pay attention to the team’s second-round opponent, the Milwaukee Bucks. When he sat down for the post-match press conference after winning the fifth game, he won 123-109.
“I’m thinking about them now,” Harden said after a triple-double for the fourth time in the playoffs to help the Nets advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals. This is the first time since 2014. “It’s just the game and what they did on both sides. Of course, we know how they performed on both sides and their personal talents.”
Milwaukee took a few days off after the sweep. Before entering the Bucks on Thursday, the coach Steve Nash said that they’ll be having a day off. In the regular season, the Nets played 1-2 against Milwaukee, but they never played at their full strength team. The Big Three: Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and Harden, all on the court. Durant said the Nets will solve some problems in these palyoff seasons, especially the two games in May because the Bucks look exactly the same as they are now. The Bucks won two games in May.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Durant and Giannis Antetokounmpo will be the fourth pair in the playoffs who averaged 34 points in three or more games in a single season or more. After the Bucks defeated the Nets on May 2, Antetokounmpo called Durant one of the best shooters ever played.
Durant said Tuesday that with Antetokounmpo there are several factors in the game that make the individual dangerous. It includes his height, athletic ability, his hard work and his competitiveness. “He cares about his teammates, he cares about winning,” Durant said. His game is also expanding. He met. He is now hitting three-pointers, so we still have a lot to do. I mean, he is a two-time MVP and defender of the year, and this is for good reason. So we look forward to the challenge.