By Alison Hart
The Nets lost James Harden 47 seconds into their Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Milwaukee Bucks.
And, after the Bucks evened the series at two games apiece with a 107-96 victory at Milwaukee, the Nets head back to New York for Game 5 on Tuesday facing the possibility of playing the biggest game of their season without two of their three superstars.
Kyrie Irving was unable to return because a sprained right ankle. After Irving made a layup midway through the second quarter, he landed on Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo’s foot. Irving’s right foot bent significantly and he immediately appeared to be in considerable pain. He stayed on the court for several minutes before eventually getting to his feet and walking back to the visiting locker room without assistance but with a pronounced limp.