Anything is bound to happen in Milwaukee, from cringeworthy ankle sprains to fire alarms breaking out 15 minutes after a game.
What’s been unexpectedly birthed after Sunday afternoon is a playoff series. Sure, the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks have been at this for about a week already, but the results appeared clear before the ball of Kyrie Irving’s right ankle basically touched the hardwood at Fiserv Forum: The Nets were superior and on the verge of sending the Bucks to a summer of uncertainty.
It seemed the Bucks were learning gradual lessons but too little, too late — and then the playoffs did what the playoffs do every year, producing something random when Irving landed on Giannis Antetokounmpo’ s foot, turning his ankle.
The Bucks tied their series against the Nets at two games each following a wild 107-96 final in Milwaukee with Game 5 back in Brooklyn on Tuesday.
With James Harden still in street clothes and Irving’s history of postseason injuries rearing its head again, it leaves Kevin Durant standing alone, with an inexperienced coach and teammates who’ll have to play above their heads for the foreseeable future.