The Milwaukee Bucks fell 2-0 down to the Brooklyn Nets but Giannis Antetokounmpo remains optimistic that his team could turn around the series. On Monday, the Bucks suffered a big Game 2 loss as the Nets won 125-86 to go up 2-0 in the series.
"It's easy," Antetokounmpo said, when asked how he could keep his teammates from getting down after falling into a 2-0 hole. "That's what I do. "I don't get too high, I don't get too low.
After the Miami series, we were up 4-0, and coming to this series, I wasn't high. Now that we're down 2-0, I'm not low. I'm just going to keep doing what I'm doing, keep trusting my work, keep trusting my teammates, keep believing in the team, keep believing in the habits we've built all year, and hopefully in Game 3 we get a win."
Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer admitted that his team didn't put up a good performance. "There's certain places we want to attack, certain guys we want to attack with," Budenholzer said. "[But] we just didn't play well overall.
First quarter, the whole game. ... I think we've got to play better from start to end."
The Nets demolished the Bucks
"I liked our attention to detail," Nets superstar Kevin Durant said. "We didn't get a lot of plays perfect, but we made second and third efforts.
They didn't destroy us on offensive rebounds so that showed we were boxing out. "For the most part, we just did what we were supposed to do at home. Now we have to see if this game can travel on the road for us, and we gotta stay locked in."
Bucks guard Jrue Holiday was one of the Bucks players that didn't have a good performance as he finished the game with only 13 points. "I think for us, we saw them hitting shots and we just became a little bit too selfish, and we tried to do it ourselves," Bucks guard Jrue Holiday said.
"We had some shots in the paint, but they were tough shots, contested by two, sometimes three people. "I feel like when we get in there, we have to try to spray it out and get those wide-open 3s. We didn't shoot that well from 3, either, and that's probably because we didn't have that many wide-open ones, and they did. We just have to be able to play off the pass a little bit better."