Brooklyn Nets star Mikal Bridges kept his incredible playing streak alive on Wednesday night in a 144-122 lopsided loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. The 27-year-old has now played 423 consecutive games, which is a huge nod to his ability to stay healthy.
Bridges’ outing was anything but ideal, though, with the Nets star logging just 10 minutes before being benched for the remainder of the game — an “executive decision” by coach Jacque Vaughn, who himself admitted that Bridges only played to keep his streak alive.
Mikal Bridges Reacts to Benching Vs. Milwaukee Bucks
Bridges was literally the only star available for the Nets, who were without Cameron Johnson, Ben Simmons, Spencer Dinwiddie, Nic Claxton, Dorian Finney-Smith, and Lonnie Walker IV. They were also coming off a real dogfight against the Pistons in Detroit the night prior.
Given all this, it wasn’t a huge surprise that the Nets decided to use their second-stringers for pretty much the entire game against Milwaukee. Bridges, however, did not like that decision one bit.
“The streak is, I guess, for everyone else to talk about. But I don’t just get in there for the streak,” Bridges said, via Zach Braziller of the New York Post. “I get in there to play the game and because I want to go out there and win. I don’t go in there to just sub in, get the streak and whatever. I just want to play.”
“… I guess for their purposes is why. But I’m healthy, so I [don’t] see why I wouldn’t play.”
Bridges went on to say that he “didn’t like the choice and whatever that was. But it’s whatever. Definitely was not a fan.”
When asked if he thought he needed a night off, the 27-year-old said, “No, never do.”
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Frequently Asked Questions
Mikal Bridges plays for the Brooklyn Nets in the NBA. He joined the team in 2023, bringing his impressive skills as a small forward to the Nets' roster. Fans of the team look forward to his contributions on the court each season.
On average, Mikal Bridges makes 2.0 three-pointers per game this season. This statistic underscores his consistent scoring ability from beyond the arc, showcasing his value as a sharpshooter in the current basketball lineup. Keep up with his performance as these numbers can fluctuate throughout the season.
Mikal Bridges attended Villanova University, where he played for the Villanova Wildcats men's basketball team. He was instrumental in their national championship victories in 2016 and 2018.