The Nets are hanging in there with the Bucks on Tuesday afternoon.
The Brooklyn Nets are … leading the Milwaukee Bucks at halftime?! Who would have thought that’d be the case after they were smacked around by the Orlando Magic in their first game back for the NBA restart?
AND they’re without Caris LeVert, Joe Harris and Jarrett Allen for this one! That leaves them without their top eight scorers on Tuesday, but it’s seemingly no problem at the moment. The Nets hung 73 on Milwaukee in the first half.
We have some more good news too. Justin Anderson dunked all over Giannis Antetokounmpo and it was glorious.
With authority! Giannis will know not to step into the lane next time Anderson is coming through with a full head of steam. The Nets guard has 11 points, three rebounds, one assist and one block, trailing only Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot in points at the moment.
However, we also have some bad news. Jamal Crawford, who finally made his Nets debut on Tuesday, injured his left hamstring and won’t return to the game. Yup, Brooklyn is down ANOTHER player.
What a shame, because he was looking good early on too. In just six minutes of work, he scored five points and dished out three assists, including a trademark J-Crossover trey ball that splashed.
But the Nets are playing team basketball and have a tremendous scoring distribution between the starting lineup and bench. Plus, Crawford didn’t play for a majority of the first half and they were still able to shoot nearly 50% from the floor and 44% from 3-point land.
They’ll have to keep up the scoring intensity, however, because the Bucks are hitting almost 56% of their shots from the field and Giannis already has 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting. If Brooklyn can steal this one from the NBA’s top team, they won’t have to worry at all about their playoff chances.