In their final group stage game of the 2023 NBA In-Season Tournament, Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks narrowly secured a victory against a depleted Miami Heat squad. With key players Jimmy Butler and Tyler Herro sidelined due to injuries, the Heat’s short-handed lineup caught the attention of NBA fans, who took to social media to mock Giannis and the Bucks for their close call.
Milwaukee Bucks Barely Escape Short-Handed Heat, NBA Fans Mock Giannis Antetokounmpo and Co.
Despite the challenging circumstances, the Bucks managed to clinch the top spot in East Group B, as well as the East bracket of the tournament, with a hard-fought 131-124 triumph over the Heat. Giannis Antetokounmpo, known as “The Greek Freak,” led the charge with an impressive performance, contributing 33 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists. Damian Lillard also made significant contributions, tallying 32 points, four rebounds, and nine assists.
Looking ahead, the Bucks are set to face the New York Knicks in the quarterfinals. The Knicks secured the lone East wildcard spot by virtue of a superior points differential compared to the Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Brooklyn Nets.
— Chace (@zchacezz) November 29, 2023
How many games are we gonna score 120-130 and give up 120. It’s bad
— Cryptic (@WIGB05) November 29, 2023
The bucks are yet to show a real contender’s quality !
— Ziad Tarakji (@Zachtarakji) November 29, 2023
YALL DONT SCARE ME ANYMORE AFTER THIS GAME LFGGGGG
— 𝐃𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐝⚡️ (10-8) (@TwoWayDav) November 29, 2023
However, despite the Bucks’ victory, NBA fans expressed their dissatisfaction on social media. The absence of key Miami players, namely Jimmy Butler and Tyler Herro, due to injuries drew attention. It should be noted that this was the second win for the Bucks over the Heat this season, with their first encounter on October 30 also missing the presence of Bam Adebayo.
The close contest between the Milwaukee Bucks and the short-handed Miami Heat has left NBA fans divided. While the Bucks emerged victorious and secured their position in the tournament, the criticism from fans on social media reflects their expectations for a more dominant performance against a depleted opponent.
As the tournament progresses and the Bucks face their upcoming challenges, they will undoubtedly be motivated to silence their critics and showcase their true potential on the court.