The Brooklyn Nets have had to shake off a lot of adversity this season. They will have to overcome even more now if they want to find a way to win the NBA Championship. Only 43 seconds had elapsed from Saturday’s second-round opener against the Milwaukee Bucks saw the series potentially flipped on its head as James Harden went out of the game with an apparent injury. An MRI was run, and the Nets even won, but the prognosis is still to be determined, and the main focus was on that despite the victory.
As for the victory itself, it was orchestrated by Kyrie Irving (25 points) and Kevin Durant (29 to go along with ten rebounds). Blake Griffin also produced a double-double that included 18 points and 14 rebounds. Giannis led the way for the Bucks in the 115-107 defeat, dropping 34 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Khris Middleton had a big-time off day, shooting just 6-23 from the field and scoring a lowly 13, showing one of the reasons for their struggles. The Nets lead 1-0 and remain at home for Game 2, but the whole mood of the series- and postseason- could shift if Harden is ruled out.