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Milwaukee’s Last Stand: Game 4 Stands Between the Bucks and NBA History

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Milwaukee is at the crossroads between making basketball history and getting swept.

Milwaukee Bucks v Miami Heat - Game Three Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

In some ways, the Milwaukee Bucks will always be remembered. Their strike during the first round reverberated throughout the world of sports (and the rest of the real world), but now they’re at the risk for being remembered for different reasons entirely.

They looked bad during the final games of the regular regular season. They looked bad during the regular season finale inside the Orlando bubble. They looked bad for much of their opening series against the Orlando Magic. And against the Miami Heat, they’ve looked somehow worse than all of the games that led up to this.

Down 3-0, the Milwaukee Bucks are now faced with a choice: make history, or become it.

It is entirely within the Bucks’ grasp to beat the Miami Heat. Giannis Antetokounmpo, despite a Miami defense custom-built to stymie him, is good enough. Khris Middleton, Brook Lopez, and George Hill are all good enough to support the effort. Wesley Matthews has been good enough, both shooting the ball and trying to contain Jimmy Butler. At times, even Eric Bledsoe, Marvin Williams, Kyle Korver, and Donte DiVincenzo have flashed difference-making ability in this series.

It can be done.

It never has been done, because winning four straight after losing three straight is incredibly difficult.

The task is even more challenging when your opponent is as tough, as disciplined, and as hungry as the Miami Heat.

But it can be done.

Will they pull it off? Or will the offseason (and all of the questions that come with it) begin much earlier than expected, throwing the franchise into a state of flux the likes of which have never been seen before?

There is no other choice. The Bucks must make history, or else they will be cast aside as just another team who couldn’t get it done.