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NBA Weekly Game Thread: Week of June 14th, 2021

This is what dreams are made of

NBA: Playoffs-Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Clippers Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Every Monday at 5:00 PM Central this all-purpose thread goes up, and the comments section is where it’s going down. This is your place to discuss all the NBA’s action happening during the week when the Bucks are off-duty.

Well, a few days into the NBA’s second round and only one team has definitively punched its ticket to a Conference Finals appearance. The Phoenix Suns made sure work of the Jamal Murray-less Denver Nuggets in a sweep (that featured some good old-fashioned fan on fan violence), and everyone else? They’re still fighting.

After dropping game one amid Joel Embiid’s return to the court with a torn meniscus, the Sixers have pushed back strongly against the Atlanta Hawks who promptly re-lost home-court advantage in games two and three. In the other conference, the Jazz looked to be in the driver’s seat against the Clippers, only for injury trouble to knock Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley out of the lineup, thus giving LA some breathing room. Turns out injuries are bad for plenty of teams plenty of the time.

And you already know about us and our travails in little old Milwaukee. Expectations and narratives are shifting with a quickness around a 2-2 series between East titans. I’m hopeful we’ll advance to the Eastern Conference Finals not because it’d be nice to win (asterisk or no), but because I need to get a definite ruling as to which of our Big Loser Franchises is the bigger loser between us and Philadelphia.

But that’s a dream for next week.