Kyrie Irving points Game 2 vs Milwaukee
No James Harden? No problem.
Okay, it’d obviously be nice to have him. But the Nets led by as many as 49 points in their 125-86 Game 2 over the Milwaukee Bucks, and now lead 2-0 in their series.
Right now, they look like the deserved favorites to win the NBA title.
And especially in the playoffs, where they have certainly stepped up their defense, it’s hard not to see why they’ve been the favorites all year long.
“I think we’re capable of greatness every single night,” said Kyrie Irving. “Just depends on the approach we have coming in. Throughout the regular season, I feel like we would let our guard down playing against some of the teams in our league, and they would punch us in the mouth and we would come in and talk to you guys after the game about what happened. I think we just figured out the little things in terms of how to create separation within the game and remain resilient throughout.”
The Bucks’ 86 points on Monday were their lowest total of the season, 10 points fewer than their previous low back on March 27 against the Knicks.
“The guys have worked hard at it this year, trying to find our best level defensively,” said head coach Steve Nash. “What works for us, How we can refine it and improve it. Tonight was exceptional, but our defense has been pretty solid throughout the playoffs.
The Nets have also been able to keep Giannis Antetokounmpo in check — the two-time MVP had just 18 points in Game 2.
“It’s tough to stop him, so we gotta be physical, do our work early — making sure we contest his shots and not giving him just anything easy,” Kevin Durant said.
Although it was a blowout win, Nash is trying to not think too far into the future.
“Whether you win by two or you win by 25, it’s just one game,” Nash said. “We held home court, we performed well in the two games. For our group, we want to keep growing, keep getting better. We’re still very new to one another, and so there’s a lot of things we can continue to refine and improve. We’ll go and try to keep improving in Milwaukee.”