NBA ordered Brooklyn Nets front office to cut off play tactic of using free throw timer for Giannis Antetokounmpo
The Brooklyn Nets started their semifinal streak with a bang. They defended their home ground and won both games against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks. The victories came despite the absence of James Harden, who was absent due to his hamstring injury. The Nets beat the Bucks with a combined 47 point differential in Games 1 and 2.
Kevin Durant was on fire and accumulated 61 points in both games. Kyrie Irving was also sensational and will continue to play the role of playmaker until James returns.
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As for the Bucks, they are dominated on every statistic possible by the Nets. Back home, Milwaukee would use this as a chance to regroup and try to get back on the show.
Brooklyn Nets mock Giannis Antetokounmpo with free throw timer
Giannis Antetokounmpo is not the best marksman in the league. The ‘Greek Freak’ has worked hard on his shot and has achieved a career-high 30.3% at depth this season. He also led the league in free throw attempts, at 581, and shot them 68.5 percent.
However, his free throw shot has been a disaster this series. Giannis only made 2-10 shots from the charity strip in Games 1 and 2 combined. Giannis also fell into a 10 second free throw violation issue during the Heat series. The Nets remembered this and put a free throw timer on the jumbotron every time Giannis went to the line in Game 1.
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While we often see teams using tactics to distract opposing players in home playoff games, the NBA felt that was overkill. They sent a notice to the Nets office and asked them to stop the same.
An NBA source said the league ordered the Nets to remove the playing tactic from a stopwatch displayed on the Barclays Center top scoreboard in Game 1 of their playoff series against the Bucks whenever the double. MVP was on the line. The league does not advocate teams inciting taunts from other players, the source added.
Back in Milwaukee for Games 3 and 4, the Bucks have their work cut out for them. If they plan to leave their mark on the series, the next two games are the only shots they get. The Nets face the Bucks for Game 3 on Thursday.