MINNEAPOLIS — Poor choices. a weak conclusion. shot errors. Finally, there was a squandered chance to effectively drive a wedge into the Bucks. The Bucks narrowly held on to win Game 3 of the Eastern Conference playoffs on Thursday despite the Nets’ best efforts to give it away.
They prevailed 86-83. They shot 36.2 percent, allowed Milwaukee to lead by 21 points, and the ball mysteriously ended up in the incorrect hands down the stretch. The Nets, who are leading the series 2-1, are certain that Sunday’s Game 4 will be different.
Kyrie Irving Stated That “Game 4 Should Be Amazing.”
We simply need to be able to react faster. And that’s just because of our planning and preparation, as well as a few different factors that we are probably watching back on tape that were both within our control and outside of it. I doubt the flow will remain the same in Game 4.
Kevin Durant had his poorest postseason shooting performance since Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals, going just 11 for 28 from the field. Joe Harris shot just 1-for-11 from the field overall and 1-for-7 from beyond the arc. Irving had a 9 for 22 shooting percentage, one assist, and seemed to vanish in the last minutes.
Examine Our Execution.
“At the very end of the game, we truly lost our way. Coach Steve Nash said, “We’ll break it down, examine it, attempt to execute better, look at ways we can learn from this game and move on. “All we have to do is examine our execution.
We missed our shots. We had a few poses that we typically would have taken but didn’t. But overall, we could have done a better job of executing.
Durant averages 27.0 points per game in his career, but since 2016, he has averaged 32.8 points following playoff losses and 37.2 points after playoffs losses since the start of the 2019 postseason (discounting the 2019 game in which he ruptured his Achilles). He was born to win big games and come back.
Kyrie Irving rarely has a significant offensive impact in the fourth quarter of a game, but it occurred last time. He started the Nets’ fourth-quarter scoring but missed his final three attempts, deferring to Kevin Durant’s strong shooting instead. On the second to last possession, a cleaner inbounds may have ended up in his hands for a decent shot, but it wasn’t meant to be.
To be fair, Irving deflected a lot of the criticism from Brown by praising his teammate for his accomplishments and pointing out that everyone could have done better. Your leaders should take this action. Irving played 45 minutes under pressure, so he will benefit from two more days off.
Irving would likely benefit from having another shot creator on the court alongside him since it would give him a bit more room to attack. Look for his defence to continue, as it has in the past.