Milwaukee's high-scoring offense has yet to click against Brooklyn's stout defensive play.
MILWAUKEE — No second-round matchup had more advance billing than the Brooklyn Nets-Milwaukee Bucks series that featured the NBA’s two highest…
Brooklyn shot 52% from the field and went 21-for-42 from 3-point range in routing Milwaukee 125-86 on Monday night.
Brooklyn star James Harden has been ruled out for Monday night's game due to hamstring tightness.
Milwaukee shot just 6-for-30 from 3-point range as the Nets beat the Bucks 115-107 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving on one side. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday on the other.
A loaded Bucks team that ranks at the top of the league in defense, rebounding and 3-point field goals made per game doesn't faze the Nets.
The Bucks have already lost starting guard Donte DiVincenzo (above) for the playoffs after he tore a ligament in his left ankle during Game 3. But Nash said versatile forward Jeff Green is improving from a left foot injury that sidelined him the final three games of the first round.
The Bucks went 2-1 against the Nets during the regular season, but Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden didn't play together for Brooklyn during any of those games.
Some of Milwaukee's new additions for this season — Jrue Holiday, Bryn Forbes and Bobby Portis in particular — played huge roles for the Bucks in their first-round sweep of the Heat.
Four Bucks scored 20 or more points, led by Brook Lopez with 25 as Milwaukee routed Miami 120-103 to sweep the series.
The master plan was for Heat President Pat Riley to turn to Giannis Antetokounmpo this summer. Only Giannis re-signed with Milwaukee last December.
Starting guard Donte DiVincenzo suffered a torn ligament in his left ankle during Thursday's 113-84 victory in Game 3, and won't play again in the playoffs.
Khris Middleton scored 22 points, Jrue Holiday added 19 points and 12 assists and the Bucks took a 3-0 lead in their East first-round series with a 113-84 victory in Miami on Thursday night.
Miami's Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayohe combined for an average of just 26 points per game in the first two playoff games at Fiserv Forum.
"We rely a lot on our teammates, to get them the rock, as well," Butler said. "I don't think we can get away from that. But maybe we've got to impose our will a little bit more, be a little bit more aggressive."
Milwaukee shot 22 of 53 from 3-point range — including 15 of 29 in the first half — and never trailed Miami while leading by as many as 36 points.
The 11,000-athlete lineup for the Olympics will not be complete until four men's basketball qualifying tournaments — in Canada, Croatia, Lithuania and Serbia, each with one ticket to Tokyo — are played from June 29-July 4.
The Miami star finished Saturday's Game 1 overtime loss with 17 points on 4-for-22 shooting from the field and 2-for-9 shooting from 3-point range.
Even though Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday were the heroes for the Milwaukee Bucks in overtime as they closed out the Miami Heat 109-107 in …
Middleton breaks a tie with a jumper with 0.5 seconds left in overtime during the 109-107 victory.
Khris Middleton scored with less than a second remaining in overtime to put the Milwaukee Bucks ahead for good at 109-107 as they went down to…
Miami beat top-seeded Milwaukee 4-1 and went on to win the Eastern Conference title last year before losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals. Miami is seeded sixth and Milwaukee third in the East heading into the rematch that begins Saturday.
After earning the third seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs this season, the Milwaukee Bucks are looking to avenge their loss to the Miami…