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Game 5 – Milwaukee Bucks (-3) at the Brooklyn Nets
SET 4: BUCKS 107, NETS 96
Series: Tied 2-2
The biggest news in Game 4 of this series revolves around another injury. Kyrie Irving left the game midway through the second quarter when he landed on Giannis Antetokounmpo’s foot. He wouldn’t come back and would have to miss Game 5, and possibly the rest of the series.
Most people don’t seem to entertain the idea that James Harden can come back from his hamstring injury anytime soon, which leaves the Nets in a best-of-three streak with the Bucks moving forward, and two of their three stars don’t even be available. It would be more manageable if Spencer Dinwiddie were healthy, but his knee likely won’t be ready for action until the NBA Finals at the earliest.
Giannis dominated this game when he was around the basket, leading everyone with 34 points and 12 rebounds. PJ Tucker continued to play a very strong defense against Kevin Durant for the second game in a row, and we saw Durant’s effectiveness drop as the only star left on the squad. He finished with 28 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, but he couldn’t generate enough offense to overcome Milwaukee’s offense. The Bucks starters alone combined for 86 points, just 10 of the Nets’ team total.
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