The Milwaukee Bucks scored 86 points in Game 2 against the Nets, resulting in them losing by 39 points. The Bucks then scored 86 points again in Game 3, resulting in them beating the Nets by 3 points and getting themselves back into this NBA playoff series.
Game 4 was a pivotal game in this Nets-Bucks series and with Fiserv Forum packed with over 16,000 fans all on their feet and making noise, the Bucks and Nets battled it out in a very thrilling and exciting game on Sunday afternoon.
Brooklyn took advantage of the Bucks early on, taking a 26-23 lead after one quarter, but then Milwaukee started knocking down some shots from the perimeter and they tightened things up defensively to take a 53-48 lead at halftime. The Bucks shooting was a big storyline in the first-half of this game, but so was Kyrie Irving coming down awkwardly on Giannis Antetokounmpo’s foot after making a layup late in the second quarter.
Irving’s right foot/ankle turned significantly on Giannis’ foot, resulting in the All-Star guard going down in a considerable amount of pain and remaining on the court for a couple of minutes before getting up and walking to the locker room on his own power, but with a very visible limp. Kyrie Irving did not return to Game 4, in which the Nets lost 107-96, and after the game, Irving was seen in a walking boot and on crutches leaving the arena.
Nets’ head coach Steve Nash said after the game that X-rays on Irving’s ankle were negative and the Nets stated that Irving would undergo further testing and evaluation ahead of Game 5 on Tuesday night. With James Harden already out for the Nets due to a hamstring injury he suffered just 47 seconds into Game 1 against the Bucks and his status to return in the series uncertain, this is a very big blow to the Brooklyn Nets and their chances to potentially win a championship, especially if Irving is to miss a game or two in this series.
The Milwaukee Bucks played great in Game 4 and were able to beat Kevin Durant and the Nets in the second-half, but all the attention in this series is on the Nets’ “Big 3,” which is a “Big 1” right now with Kevin Durant being the only healthy member of this group. This is now a three game series with two games in Brooklyn, so we will really get to see what the stars of this series are made of.
With that said, let’s take a look at the three biggest takeaways from this series so far and how things are projecting to play out with the Nets’ injuries and the Bucks’ recent resurgence in this series.