After a relatively easy first-round series, Nets and Bucks meet again this Saturday for the opening of the conference semifinals. The matchup between Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kevin Durant will undoubtedly be the most scrutinized, and was the subject of a nice statement from the Slim Reaper.
The suspense had practically no place in their entries in the running for these playoffs. Reassembled after their untimely exit last year, the Bucks first sent a scathing sweep to the Heat in revenge. The Nets only needed 5 games to get rid of the Celtics from a great Jayson Tatum.
After these simple « formalities », the two teams are already getting down to business. The first match between them will be held this Saturday, and promises several big star duels. Among them: the one between Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kevin Durant. The latter rightly mentioned it on Friday, with strong remarks reported by Peter Botte of New York Post.
It’s cool to face the crème de la crème at this stage of the competition. It’s always fun to challenge yourself against the best, and those battles have made me a better player. I started to pay more attention on the court after competing against such great teams, and such great players and coaches.
With 9 postseason campaigns to his credit, including 2 successful, KD has indeed a well-filled background at this level. However, he will be able to rub shoulders with Giannis for the first time in his career in the finals. And rather than inhibiting it, this meeting seems on the contrary to stimulate the double MVP of the Finals.
It will simply be another opportunity to have fun on the pitch. Every moment given to you on a floor is amazing, so when you’re there with the best players in the world, with MVPs and Defenders of the Year, it just makes things even better.
The main happy in this story, however, should be the spectators and viewers. On their 3 confrontations this season, Durantula turns 34.7 points (48.7% shooting, 52.0% 3 points), 9.3 rebounds and 4.7 assists, against 39.7 points (48.9% shooting, 38.5% behind the arc), 10.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists for the Greek Freak.
The shock of the titans opposing Kevin Durant to Giannis Antetokounmpo promises heavy, so much so that the Nets winger is already salivating. The NBA planet, too.