Now that the Milwaukee Bucks have taken care of business in the first round of the NBA playoffs, Giannis Antetokounmpo is tasked with a challenge Kevin Durant could not overcome: taking down the Boston Celtics. Boston swept Durant's Brooklyn Nets and appeared to rattle the superstar in a way very few have in the last decade of basketball. Durant showed out in Game 4 and did everything he could to prevent elimination to the tune of 39 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, but it was not enough. Starting Sunday, Milwaukee will take on a similarly Herculean task in trying to defeat the NBA's hottest team since January without all their tools at their disposal as Shams Charania reported today that Khris Middleton would miss the whole series with an MCL sprain.
Durant's struggles against the Celtics and the complete collapse of the team around him have predictably sparked a dialogue about how good he is, really. Which is a bit silly. Boston was built to defend Durant as well as anybody and they only barely managed to complete the sweep going by score differential. Then you have to think about the utter dysfunction of Brooklyn all season long, the lack of continuity, Kyrie Irving's disappearance whilst on the court, all that jazz.