Nobody can question that the Milwaukee Bucks deservingly went all the way last season and won the championship. But you have to admit that they caught some breaks, especially against the Brooklyn Nets, with Kyrie Irving going down and James Harden playing injured. It was really unfortunate from the Nets' side, but they put up a great fight. Nothing much was made of it, but Kyrie's recent comments about his injury made us go down memory lane.
Bucks turned around the series in big thanks to the injuries
The Bucks-Nets series in last year's playoffs was labeled as a great battle between multiple superstars. The hype delivered, but the star power went out due to nagging injuries. But when all the assets played, the Nets dominated. The first two games in Brooklyn were heavily one-sided, with the Bucks looking lost.
After a bucket from Jrue Holiday, the Bucks would snag an essential win in a tight Game 3. But then everything changed in Game 4. After scoring a layup under the rim, Kyrie would land on Giannis' leg and sprain his ankle, falling to the floor in pain. Irving was done for the series, and Bucks took advantage of the opportunity.
Kevin Durant would do all he could to keep the Nets afloat, forcing the Bucks to the very end of Game 7, but the deepness of the Bucks was too much for the short-handed Nets. If Kyrie stayed healthy, there is a good chance they would have advanced past the Bucks and potentially won it all.
Kyrie insinuates Giannis injured him on purpose
Although it was really unfortunate to go down that way, nothing much was made of the situation in the end. But Kyrie recently touched on that moment and stirred up some conversations. While talking about the injury, Kyrie showed apparent signs of sarcasm while using air quotes and insinuating that Giannis did it on purpose.
It is obvious that Kyrie believes this injury was no accident. Irving has been primarily in headlines over the past few months because of his vaccination status, but these comments are going to include him even more. Giannis felt sorry for the accident and pleaded innocence, but Irving is not buying it.
Well, looking at it from a basketball perspective, you can't really fault Giannis. He was simply boxing out in case of a rebound. While it could have been avoided, you can't really see where everyone is in the quick pace of the game. Also, Antetokounmpo is not known as a dirty player with history behind him.
That's why most people are shrugging off these comments by Kyrie, who is practically losing more and more fans by the day, with his off-court actions and statements. While still, an elite talent that is amongst the best player in the league, the character has really lowered Kyrie's image in the public eye.