Cease us if you happen to’ve heard this one, however the Brooklyn Nets pummeled the Milwaukee Bucks in a Recreation 2 efficiency with out James Harden that’s going to echo by means of the eras.
This was supposed to be the sport the place Milwaukee stole house courtroom again and evened issues up by exploiting their mismatches. This was supposed to be the sport the place Giannis Antetokounmpo took over after Mike Budenholzer spent two days game-planning for a special staff with out Harden.
Maybe the Nets’ chemistry with out Harden was really strengthened by all his missed time in the course of the common season. Maybe Mike Budenholzer is definitely unhealthy.
Regardless of the root trigger, the Nets exploded to a 39-point victory that threatened a 50-point margin, by far their greatest blowout within the postseason historical past of the franchise.
So, is that it? We’ve received our everlasting new franchise document? Or is there an opportunity Brooklyn may surpass that mark in some unspecified time in the future in June or July?
In any case, the staff’s at present playoff capturing splits are completely nuts.
Brooklyn Nets: Largest margin of victory in playoff sport
Yeah, that’s…everybody. Everybody who touches the ground for the Brooklyn Nets is a celebrity. Each Web who checks in is prime Ray Allen.
So for now, the Nets’ largest margin of victory in a playoff sport is 39 factors — although, once more, Brooklyn was fairly near hanging a 50-burger from Culver’s on Milwaukee’s Finest.
That ridiculous blowout handed the Nets’ earlier high-water mark of…24, set in Recreation 1 of their 2004 collection in opposition to the New York Knicks. That 107-83 win was a superb tone setter on the time, although that little inner-city rivalry appears lengthy forgotten now. The Knickerbockers are yesterday’s information; we’re on to 39-point dismantlings.
Need to hear a joke? In that 2004 contest, the Nets went…5-17 from 3-point vary. For a whole sport! They shot 17 treys! On Monday evening, Brooklyn sank 21-42 from deep. Glad we blew that previous franchise document out of the water, contemplating it was from a wholly totally different and duller period.
As for the third-place mark on the blowout checklist? Properly, you may keep in mind it from a couple of weeks in the past. On Could 25 in Recreation 2 in opposition to the Boston Celtics, the Nets secured a 130-108 win. In fact, 22 doesn’t roll off the tongue like 39. We entered rarefied air this spherical.
Brooklyn Nets: Finest capturing share in playoff historical past
Consider it or not, the Nets’ capturing share of 52.1% as a staff in Recreation 2 has been surpassed in one other blowout — and it wasn’t terribly way back.
That each one-time franchise postseason mark was set in Recreation 4 in opposition to the Boston Celtics, a 141-126 win that turned the collection into a transparent “Gentleman’s Sweep” alternative as a substitute of a 2-2 nailbiter. Monday’s blowout was solely Brooklyn’s third-best capturing share of this still-young postseason. Maybe probably the most stunning sport on the checklist of “better of” performances is Recreation 1 of the 2013 first spherical in opposition to the Chicago Bulls, by which the Nets hit 55.8% of their photographs, led by Deron Williams’ 22 factors and seven assists.
Sadly, that blowout wasn’t sufficient to persuade the Nets’ entrance workplace of the staff’s future, they usually nonetheless went out and traded for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett a couple of weeks later anyway.
Recreation 3 would be the Nets’ subsequent alternative to show that they’ll take their high-scoring present on the street — and hopefully Milwaukee isn’t too near Detroit for Blake Griffin’s liking.
As evidenced by Recreation 2, this Brooklyn staff received’t simply be aiming to defeat the Bucks. They’ll be trying to ship their rivals into one other dimension.
Chortle all you need, however Giannis and Co. don’t need to get embarrassed on their very own house courtroom the identical means they had been flattened in a record-setting Recreation 2 defeat. It might get intense. It might get tight. In instances of terror, although, Brooklyn will at all times be capable to have a franchise-record-setting margin of victory at the back of their minds. That simply occurred, and it might occur once more.