Bucks Eliminate Title Favorite Nets
In one of the most competitive playoff series in recent memory, the Milwaukee Bucks were able to outlast the Brooklyn Nets in an overtime thriller in Game 7.
Milwaukee will now advance to the Eastern Conference Finals against the winner of the Atlanta Hawks/Philadelphia 76ers series.
Milwaukee picked up a 115-111 overtime victory over Brooklyn in Game 7, and it was a game filled with classic moments. In the end, the Brooklyn Nets, NBA title favorites, were sent packing.
This is the second time in the last three seasons that the Bucks have advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals. Last season the Bucks were upset by the Miami Heat, and they were on a mission to make some noise this season.
Brooklyn became the NBA title favorites after landing James Harden in a trade with the Houston Rockets. Injuries plagued the Nets all season long, and those same problems popped up in the playoffs as well.
Harden suffered a Grade 2 hamstring strain in the first minute of Game 1 but was able to return to the floor for Game 5. Kyrie Irving also suffered an ankle injury in this series, and he was not able to return.
Kevin Durant became a one-man show on offense for the Nets, and it was a role that he delivered in. Durant scored 48 points in the Game 7 loss and hit an improbable shot to send the game into overtime.
Harden and Durant never left the floor for the Nets, and the biggest stars for the Bucks were only given a short rest. The overtime period had very little scoring, and it ultimately ended with Durant shooting an airball that would have tied the game.
Giannis Antetokounmpo has a pair of MVP awards to his name showed up in a big way for the Bucks in Game 7. The “Greek Freak” had 40 points, 13 rebounds, and five assists to propel his team to a win.
Khris Middleton scores 23 points for the Bucks in Game 7, but most of that damage was done in the second half. The Bucks will now be favorites to win the East and advance to the Finals.
WCF Set to Begin
The Western Conference Finals are set to begin on Sunday afternoon, and it features the Phoenix Suns and the LA Clippers. Phoenix will have home-court advantage in this series, and the Suns are big betting favorites.
This series will begin without two of the biggest stars in the NBA on the floor. The Suns will be without Chris Paul, and the Clippers will be without Kawhi Leonard.
Paul is currently in the league’s health and safety protocol, and his status for the rest of the series is up in the air. Leonard is out with an injured knee, and he could miss the remainder of the season.
The Clippers won two of the three games in the season series, but both teams are much different than they were in those matchups. The winner of this series will advance to the NBA Finals and will be a surprise participant.
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