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NBA world reacts to Milwaukee Bucks avoiding brink of elimination in Game 3 vs. Nets

NBA world reacts to Milwaukee Bucks avoiding brink of elimination in Game 3 vs. Nets
Jun 10, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) scores a basket past Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Harris (12) in the third quarter during game three in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

The Milwaukee Bucks were in real danger of trailing 3-0 in their second-round series against the Brooklyn Nets, but found a way to prevail 86-83 in Thursday’s Game 3 at home.

It would’ve been absolutely devastating to be pushed to the precipice of elimination. Getting swept would’ve almost certainly cost Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer his job, and brought into question whether Giannis Antetokounmpo could one day lead Milwaukee to an NBA championship.

But at least for now, the Deer doubters are being held at bay. Given that the Bucks shot only 37.8% from the field and bricked 25 of 31 3-point attempts, you have to commend their resolve to get this “W” in Wisconsin.

Thanks to a 30-11 first quarter, Milwaukee built a massive lead, then relied on its defensive prowess to force Kevin Durant into an off night. The hosts gave the Nets their best punch, and it landed.

Winning a gritty, low-scoring affair like this can do wonders for momentum. Maybe it’ll lead to the Bucks taking advantage of their size, getting more physical with their finesse-based adversary and go back to Brooklyn with the series knotted at two, at the very least.

That said, Khris Middleton (35 points) and Giannis (33) probably can’t account for nearly 80% of Milwaukee’s points in the upcoming contests if this team is expected to send the Nets packing.

Anyway, without further ado, here’s the best reaction from social media from Game 3.

NBA world reacts to Milwaukee Bucks’ gritty Game 3 triumph over Brooklyn Nets