We’re back, baby! The Brooklyn Nets kick off their championship run on Tuesday night against the defending champs, the Milwaukee Bucks, in what starts a season of high, high aspirations for Kevin Durant and friends.
The consensus around here is “championship or bust.” And rightfully so. Same goes for Milwaukee, who is hoping to repeat after winning a title in arguably the weirdest non-bubble season ever.
It’s “ring night” for the Bucks. Picking up one of those shiny rings will be old friend Brook Lopez. And also that other guy, what’s his name...? Brian, do you know?
Player to watch: Giannis Antetokuonmpo
When we last saw the Greek Freak, he put together one of the greatest games of basketball the world has ever seen. 50 points, 14 rebounds, and five blocks en route to the Finals MVP. AND ON ONE GOOD LEG!!! Giannis has spent the summer and part of camp recovering and he appears to be good to go for Ring Night. When you accomplish something as monumental as Antetokuonmpo and the Bucks did, you come back feeling as if the weight of the world is off your shoulders. Antetokuonmpo has looked great in preseason and his shot looks groovy as hell to boot. As long as Giannis is playing, the Bucks will be one of the favorites to win the championship.
When we last saw Kevin Durant in games that mattered, he was carrying the United States Men’s National Team to gold in Tokyo. In the NBA, he was one foot away from knocking out the Bucks as he and the Nets did battle with Milwaukee in the East Semifinals. He signed a contract extension during the Olympics, so Nets fans will be spending a lot more time with KD for the next few years. With PJ Tucker now a member of the Miami Heat, we’ll see who on the Bucks gets the Durant assignment. Whoever it is, good luck, buddy.
Oh, right; him.
WHO: Brooklyn Nets (0-0) at Milwaukee Bucks (0-0)
WHERE: TNT (tv), WFAN 101.9 FM (radio)
WHEN: 7:30 PM EST
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