Sport: NBA playoffs 2021: Depleted Nets left to deal with Irving injury as Bucks level series

NBA playoffs 2021: Brooklyn Nets quell chemistry concerns as Big 3 gel

  NBA playoffs 2021: Brooklyn Nets quell chemistry concerns as Big 3 gel The Brooklyn Nets have silenced their doubters so far in the playoffs as Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving have stepped up.On the surface, it's almost unfathomable to consider a team that finished just one game back of the conference's best record could have so many questions marks, but when its three star players appeared in just eight games together in the regular season – and only one (ONE!) contest since the middle of February – it's not difficult to see why there were so many unknowns.

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The Bucks , who were led by 34 points and 12 rebounds from two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, held the Nets under 100 points for the second consecutive game, a defensive performance that was fuelled by the physicality and toughness of midseason acquisition P.J. Tucker. After facing a 2-0 series deficit, the Milwaukee Bucks have even things up with a 107-96 win over the Brooklyn Nets in Game 4. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way for Milwaukee with 34 points and 12 boards, while Khris Middleton finished with 19 points and eight assists in 41 minutes of action.

Kyrie Irving will undergo further tests on the ankle injury he suffered in the Brooklyn Nets' defeat to the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday – a result that leaves the NBA playoff series all tied up at 2-2.

a man with a football ball: Kyrie Irving injured his right ankle during Game 4 against the Milwaukee Bucks. © Stacy Revere/Getty Images Kyrie Irving injured his right ankle during Game 4 against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Irving twisted his right ankle after coming down on Giannis Antetokounmpo's foot after scoring from close range in the second quarter of Game 4 in the Eastern Conference semi-finals.

The seven-time All-Star received treatment on the court before walking to the locker room. The Nets later ruled him out for the remainder of the contest, though head coach Steve Nash confirmed after the game that X-rays on the issue came back negative.

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  NBA playoffs 2021: We just did what we were supposed to do – Durant after fuelling Nets' brutal win Kevin Durant reflected on the Brooklyn Nets' merciless display against the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 2 on Monday.Durant put on a show in the absence of fellow former MVP James Harden (hamstring) with 32 points in three quarters as the merciless Nets earned a commanding 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semi-finals on Monday.

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"I have no idea what is going to happen with Ky in the coming days," Nash said.

"We will cross our fingers and hope that it is better than I don't know – better than what – better than missing the next game?"

Already without James Harden, Brooklyn slipped to a 107-96 defeat on the road. They host Game 3 on Tuesday, having recorded both their wins at home at the start of the best-of-seven series.

Irving had 11 points, five rebounds and two assists in 17 minutes of action.

Kevin Durant led the way for the Nets with 28 points but was stifled by the Bucks' physical defensive play which, at times, Nash felt went a step too far.

"[Tucker's] playing extremely physical. And made it difficult. That's his role on their team," Nash said. "I thought it was borderline non-basketball physical at times. But that's the playoffs."

NBA playoffs 2021: 'A win is a win' – Giannis welcomes victory after Bucks blow big lead against Nets

  NBA playoffs 2021: 'A win is a win' – Giannis welcomes victory after Bucks blow big lead against Nets Giannis Antetokounmpo reacted to the Milwaukee Bucks' victory at home to the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday.The Bucks had their backs against the wall after falling into a 2-0 hole against the second-seeded Nets in the Eastern Conference semi-finals but responded on home court in Milwaukee.

The Milwaukee Bucks host the Brooklyn Nets for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Sunday afternoon. Milwaukee won Game 3 in what was a low-scoring affair on Thursday. The Bucks still trail in the series , though, as the Nets lead 2-1 after winning the first two games at home. The model is up almost 0 on its top-rated picks this season and entered the conference semifinals of the 2021 NBA Playoffs on a stunning 100-66 roll on top-rated NBA picks against the spread dating back to last season.

Kyrie Irving scored 22 and Brown had 16 for the Nets in a game that neither team led by more than five in the second half. ''That's a good old-fashioned playoff game right there,'' Irving said. The Bucks were playing a home game with fans filling all the seats for the first time this season. The crowd included Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones and outside linebacker Za'Darius Smith as well as former Packers receiver Antonio Freeman. Fiserv Forum was at 50% capacity for the Bucks ' first-round series .

Harden has not featured since suffering a hamstring injury in the early stages of Game 1. It remains unclear when the former MVP will return, though there are positive signs in his recovery.

"I asked him and he says he's feeling better, doing better," Nash said. "I asked the staff, they say, 'Yeah, it's getting better'.

"I think he's in that arena where he's got a little gap to make up. But he's getting closer, so it's been positive."

Antetokounmpo's 34-point haul helped Milwaukee make it two wins from two at home. He was helped out by 19 points from Khris Middleton, while P.J. Tucker added 13 to go along with his defensive work when tasked with slowing down Durant.

"We're very happy, but we've got to keep getting better, keep playing together and hopefully we can go into Brooklyn and take one," Antetokounmpo said.

Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer added: "At this stage, it's whatever it takes to win the game.

"It certainly helps to get more guys contributing, making shots. P.J. Tucker was phenomenal on both ends of the court."

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After both recorded Game 7 wins in the previous rounds, the Bucks and Hawks begin their series in Milwaukee on Wednesday.While the Bucks survived a deluge of points from Kevin Durant to see off the Brooklyn Nets in a thrilling Game 7, the Hawks caused another upset as they defeated the Philadelphia 76ers on the road in a tense series decider.

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