3 things to watch in Milwaukee Bucks fascinating game vs Brooklyn Nets

Oct 19, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports
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Milwaukee Bucks: Giannis Antetokounmpo. Brooklyn Nets: Bruce Brown
Jun 19, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports /

How will the Brooklyn Nets look to defend Giannis Antetokounmpo?

I would describe the defenders that the Nets have to guard Giannis Antetokounmpo as… less than ideal (for Brooklyn). We saw it in the second round last year that they didn’t have anyone who could do even a reliable job on him.

Now, that’s not saying much since there isn’t really anyone who can do anything against him anymore and that it’s more of a team effort, but the Nets lack guys who can even make the reigning Finals MVP think twice when driving.

I say all of this but will acknowledge that Andre Drummond was surprisingly adequate against Antetokounmpo in their last meeting.

In two games against Antetokounmpo, Drummond has held him to 5-of-11 shooting, blocked him twice, and hasn’t been called for a foul. It’s not Bam Adebayo, but it’s better than you’d expect from Drummond, with all due respect.

After Drummond, though, it’s bleak. LaMarcus Aldridge is old and can’t keep up with Antetokounmpo (4-of-4 on 2-pointers and drawn two fouls), Blake Griffin is out of the rotation (3-of-4 on 2s, one foul drawn), and James Johnson might be too small (6-of-12 on 2s, three fouls drawn).

Antetokounmpo is only 40 points away from passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the leading scorer in Bucks history and with the options presented for who could be in front of him tonight, he might get the record.