Before today’s game, the Nets were 18.5 point underdogs against the Bucks due to the absence of key starters Caris Levert, Jarrett Allen, and Joe Harris. The Nets only had eleven active players for the game, and many of those players had participated in a G-league game this season. The Nets looked fantastic on offense, led by Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot and Garrett Temple. Luwawu-Cabarrot scored 26 points on eight for twelve shooting (five for seven from 3PT) and Temple added 19 points on seven for fifteen shooting (five for eleven from 3PT).
The key to this game for the Nets was their amount of turnovers compared to the Bucks. The Nets only turned the ball over seven times, which is incredible for a roster filled with many young and inexperienced players. In contrast, the Bucks turned the ball over nineteen times. This led to the Nets being able to attempt fifteen more field goals than the Bucks. Another unusual offensive trend by Brooklyn was their reliance on the three pointer. The Nets shot 103 total field goals, and 57 of them were threes. This was most likely due to the size disadvantage for the Nets, as Milwaukee occasionally featured lineups with three players who were 6’ 10’’ or taller.
Nets Defending Giannis
On the Bucks side, Giannis Antetokounmpo shot a productive seven for eight from the field. However, both Giannis and Khris Middleton only played sixteen minutes for load management. When Antetokounmpo was in the game, it seemed like the Nets had no answers defensively. Giannis was able to drive straight to the rim with little to no contest by a Brooklyn defender. If the team faces Milwaukee in the playoffs, Jacque Vaughn might need to force Giannis to see more double teams. One last concern for the Nets is the fact that they were outrebounded 54-42. Hopefully, the reintegration of Jarrett Allen into the lineup will help Brooklyn on the glass.
There are a lot of positives that Brooklyn can take away from this game. Tyler Johnson (11 PTS) and Chris Chiozza (10 PTS, 10 AST) have done great sharing the minutes at point guard. Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot is starting to prove that he should get a long-term contract after next season, and the whole team should be confident going into a Wednesday night primetime matchup vs the Celtics @ 9:00 EST on ESPN.