Giannis knocked the wind out of Kyle Kuzma
Last season, the Milwaukee Bucks won the NBA championship, against all odds. In 2021, the Utah Jazz, led by Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, went on an epic run to the NBA’s best record. Early in the season, the Brooklyn Nets swung a trade for James Harden. The Nets added Harden to their duo of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Along with that, the Nets had LaMarcus Aldridge and Blake Griffin rounding out their core. Meanwhile, the Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons-led Sixers finally came into their own.
The Bucks definitely had Giannis, as one of the NBA’s best players. In 2019 and 2020, the Bucks had the NBA’s best record, and Giannis won MVP. But, the Bucks were looking a lot like LeBron James’ Cavs, a decade prior, especially when the Miami Heat upset them in the second round, in 2020. Giannis was determined, though, and his Bucks upset the Nets in the second round, in 2021. Trae Young’s Hawks upset the Sixers in the second round, as well. Then, in the West, the Clippers upset the Jazz, leading to Chris Paul and Devin Booker’s Suns making the Finals, where they were upset by the Bucks.
This season, the Bucks have been overlooked as title contenders. The East is deep, this year, and a winning streak can put a team on top, while a losing streak puts them in the play-in. Last night, the Bucks played the Wizards. Giannis’ Bucks got an easy win over the Wizards. In the game, Giannis bumped Kyle Kuzma, and knocked the wind out of him.