Brooklyn held Milwaukee to 19 percent shooting from 3 and continued to get good defense from Irving, who held Jrue Holiday to just nine points on 4-for-14 shooting. Holiday’s layup in the final seconds ultimately sealed the game, but the final minutes were more of a duel between Durant and Middleton. After having just seven points in the first half, Durant reminded Milwaukee that he can’t be completely shut down and scored 23 points in the second half, seven of which came in the final three minutes when he matched Middleton shot for shot. Durant’s final shot with two seconds left hit off the rim and could have been prevented had the Nets’ previous two possessions gone according to plan. Both times the ball wound up in Bruce Brown’s hands after Milwaukee’s defense forced it away from Durant or Irving.
June 22, 2021 | 8:23 pm EDT Update
Dave McMenamin: Marcus Morris Sr. will play tonight in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals, league sources tell ESPN
Mark Medina: Suns coach Monty Williams on Chris Paul and the uncertainty of his return: “I’m sure if I tried to keep Chris out of the game, he’d want to square off and go toe-to-toe. So we just make that assessment when the time comes.”
Rod Beard: #Piston Ben Wallace on similarities with Isaiah Stewart: “I see a lot of myself in him…I don’t want to see another Ben Wallace; I’ve closed that chapter. I would like to see guys take pieces of my game and add it to my game.”
June 22, 2021 | 7:49 pm EDT Update
Wes Goldberg: Klay Thompson in an Instagram post says he’s begun light on-court work — running up and down the floor, shooting, etc.