Milwaukee defeated Brooklyn 104-89 in Game 6 on Thursday, tying the Eastern Conference semifinals series at 3-3.
Game 7 is Saturday (8:30 p.m. ET, TNT), and two major questions loom:
Do the Nets have enough left to get one more victory?
Can the Bucks become the first team to get a road win this series?
Harden said he felt a little better, and the expectation is that he is a little healthier by the start of Saturday’s game. But he won’t be 100% as he plays through the injury. After missing basically four games, Harden logged nearly 46 minutes in Game 5, and Durant played all 48 minutes. The minutes are piling up.
“We didn’t look like we had a ton of energy all night. I think we wanted it. We just couldn’t find it,” Nash said following Game 6. “Overall, I didn’t like the way we played offensively. We just looked a little slow, a little stagnant and got away from what we do best. But that’s sometimes how it rolls in the playoffs.”
The Bucks also outscored the Nets 26-4 in fast-break points.
“We had some problems getting back in transition,” Nash said.
and a historic game from Durant to win Game 5 at home. Durant’s fantastic, but you can’t count on him going for 49 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists again. Jeff Green had 27 points in Game 5, and while he’s capable of that, it’s not realistic to think he will do it again. Longtime Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle steps down after 13 seasons
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Milwaukee didn’t have a great offensive game as a team in Game 6. But it found some things that worked, freeing up Khris Middleton for some open shots and getting Giannis Antetokounmpo to focus on what he does best – attacking the rim.
Antetokounmpo made 11 of his 12 shots in the paint, and he didn’t take one 3-point shot – the first time this series he didn’t attempt one from behind the line. That’s a great sign for Milwaukee.