In the end—and with potentially series ending injuries to two key players this does feel like the end for Brooklyn—it wasn't defence or a lack of chemistry that did in the Nets, but a cruel twist of fate. Two, actually. A pulled hamstring for James Harden a minute into the opener of the Nets second round series against Milwaukee. A nasty ankle sprain during Game 4 for Kyrie Irving, a twist so bad it forced Irving into a walking boot as he left the arena. The NBA's 23rd ranked defence? Didn't matter. A starting five that didn't play a minute together until its first round opener? Not an issue. Steve Nash didn't offer much optimism when it came to the short term health of his stars on Monday. "It's tough to lose great players," Nash said. Irving, Nash said, had an MRI that confirmed the diagnosis of a sprained ankle. He was immediately ruled out for Game 5. Nash offered no update on Harden, but he was officially ruled out by the team an hour later. That's 50-plus points per game, gone. "This is what it's all about in the playoffs," said Nash. "Ups and downs, momentum shifts, how you… Read full this story
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