Milwaukee Bucks @ Brooklyn Nets, Game 5

The Milwaukee Bucks take on the Brooklyn Nets in Game 5 tonight with the series tied 2-2. Tipoff is set for 7:30 PM (Central Time) and will be televised on TNT.

Milwaukee is 4 point favorites, per Bovada, as I write this.

Kyrie Irving and James Harden were ruled out yesterday for tonight’s Game 5. It’s unfortunate that they got hurt, no one wants to see injuries, but it’s always “next man up.” I doubt Brooklyn is in the locker room feeling sorry for themselves.

I’m a big Steve Nash fan, but I don’t agree with him when he said after Sunday’s Game 4 about PJ Tucker’s defense that it was “borderline non-basketball physical” on Kevin Durant (Charmin soft as I like to call him).

Was Steve Nash aware that Kevin Durant alone drew 10 foul calls on the Bucks in Game 4?

I’m pretty tired of all this crying from Brooklyn, Steve Nash and Kevin Durant about how “physical” the Bucks are being. They need to stop this mess. A majority of your shots are jumpers. Stop this baby crying and get in the gym and pump some iron if you’re that weak.

Giannis Antetokounmpo gets fouled 98 percent of the time he goes to the hoop.

It was all fun and hard playoff ball when Durant was alongside two other Hall of Famers.

Speaking of Milwaukee’s defense:

I saw this yesterday:

I love it. Bucks are keeping the pressure on Budenholzer. Win now or you’re gone. He only coaches worth a damn when he knows and is reminded that his job is on the line every single moment. Why do you think he was looking so stressed in Game 4?

Charles Barkley last night after the Los Angeles Clippers/Utah Jazz game in the TNT Postgame said that if the Bucks lose this series without James Harden playing the entire series, except for 43 seconds, and potentially without Kyrie Irving for the final three games that it will be the “biggest choke job in basketball history.”

I wholeheartedly agree with Barkley on this! There’s no excuse for the Bucks to lose two of three to this Nets team with no Irving or Harden. And I’ll guarantee that Mike Budenholzer will get a pink slip if the Bucks do indeed lose this series with no Harden or Irving.

I will say this since today people have mentioned it to me: There’s still a long way to go in this series, but if we’re going to talk about asterisks then let’s add one for the Nets building a super team and another for the Bucks not being able to trade for Bogdan Bogdanovic.

Do the Toronto Raptors have an asterisk for their 2019 NBA Title or the Golden State Warriors for their 2016 Title?

Because I torture myself sometimes, I have already played this scenario out in my mind:

Game 5 – Bucks win.

Game 6 – Harden back, Kyrie out. Bucks lose.

Game 7 – KD, Harden, Kyrie all play and I cry many tears.

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