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Kevin Durant bodyguard fiasco has lit a fire under the Bucks

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One of the most memorable scenes from Game 3 between the Brooklyn Nets and the Milwaukee Bucks was the heated confrontation between Kevin Durant and PJ Tucker. Apparently, KD’s bodyguard who was standing courtside got into the mix, as he did his bit to protect Durant.

The league has since punished Durant’s bodyguard, and he will no longer be allowed to take the floor with the Nets. As it turns out, this ugly incident has the Bucks all fired up:

“He bumped Tuck kinda hard, though,’’ Milwaukee guard Jrue Holiday said, via Paul Schwartz of the New York Post. “I don’t know if he’s supposed to do that. I think when it comes down to it I’m here to play basketball and that’s not something I’m gonna worry about. I like the chippiness and the talking of KD and Tuck. I’m gonna back Tuck every time.

“I feel like that’s something the league has to deal with or the teams have to deal with. But it’s not really my job. But attacking Tuck? I mean, I don’t think anybody wants to attack Tuck. Tuck crazy.’’

Bucks forward Bobby Portis echoed Holiday’s sentiment as he described how the chippiness from Game 3 has lit a fire under the entire squad:

“That sparks everything and kind of puts a battery in everybody’s back,’’ Portis said. “Makes us go out there and play harder and it makes it just that much better that we’re at home too, so our home crowd can really lock in and get the juices flowing in the arena so we can have that home court advantage and feed off them.’

Portis also took exception to the particular incident involving Durant’s bodyguard, saying that it’s “crazy” how the guy “just attacked PJ.”

The most important thing for the Bucks is that they were able to secure a win in Game 3. They have significantly cut the deficit in the series and are now looking to make it 2-2 when they face off against the mighty Nets in Game 4.