The Milwaukee Bucks beat the Brooklyn Nets 110-99 at home, keeping their winning streak alive for the new season. However, they had a poor performance in the first half, a half they would rather forget. But amid lackluster first-half production, one guy kept them at fighting distance.
Portis’ production from the bench was crucial
Bobby Portis was an injection of energy for the Bucks, making good reads early in the game. His role is usually to add value with his minutes, but against the Nets he kept them alive.
“During my career, I’ve just found the talent to observe how the game is played and as a child like that, just being able to see it and see how the defense is playing,” Portis said at the post-match press conference. “The big ones and if they go from one to five, whatever; and how I can come in and try to make an impact.”
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Bobby finished the game with a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds, scoring 16 of those points in the second half. His contributions kept the scoreline tight, helping Giannis Antetokounmpo amid Jrue Holiday’s tough night.
Portis acknowledged the efforts of his teammates
The NBA season is quite long and teams are used to dealing with small setbacks like these along the way. What is important is the ability to learn from these mistakes and adapt as soon as possible. Giannis did it at halftime and came out strong in the second half – scoring 34 points in under 19 minutes.
“Obviously, at half-time, everything is a question of adjustments”, Portis said. “So come out with a sense of urgency – 34 did his thing, you know, really put his head down, went to the edge and he cooked this for us.”
“Just the energy we played with, the unity, moving the ball, getting everyone involved. Moving it from side to side, getting the defense moving; I think it worked for us,” he added.
The Bucks offense was much more clinical in the second half, with Giannis taking charge and the others playing in rhythm. It will be interesting to see how far the Bucks go this season without losing a game.