Steve Nash didn’t see something intentional or premeditated from Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo within the damage Kyrie Irving suffered in Sport 4.
Halfway via the second quarter of Sunday’s loss, Irving landed on the foot of Antetokounmpo after going up for a shot and turned his proper ankle. Irving instantly went down in ache and held his proper leg. On ABC, Jalen Rose mentioned Antetokounmpo needs to be given a flagrant foul retroactively by the NBA for not shifting out from beneath Irving.
“I wouldn’t wish to go inside Giannis’ head and make any proclamations,” Nash mentioned over Zoom on Monday. “I believed it was a clumsy play. I do know he ended up getting underneath Kyrie whereas he was within the air. I feel it will be a giant stretch for me to take a seat right here and say he meant to do this in any approach. I don’t imagine that’s the kind of particular person he’s, neither is what I imagine occurred. It was awkward and unlucky.”
Irving has a sprained proper ankle and has been dominated out of Tuesday’s Sport 5 of the Jap Convention semifinals at Barclays Middle. The sequence is even at two video games apiece. Nash mentioned he has “no concept” if Irving will have the ability to return within the sequence.
Nets assistant coach Mike D’Antoni had an interview with the Path Blazers for his or her vacant head-coaching place on Monday, however he didn’t go all the best way to Portland for it, Nash mentioned. D’Antoni has coached the Suns (when Nash was a participant), Knicks, Lakers and Rockets.
“He’s been right here doing every part with us,” Nash mentioned, and joked: “I don’t wish to wonderful my coaches, but when Mike steps out of line and I’ve gotta levy a giant wonderful, I’ll undoubtedly achieve this.”
Nash admitted the video games have been known as considerably otherwise in Brooklyn in comparison with Milwaukee, notably with regards to Bucks ahead P.J. Tucker’s bodily protection on Kevin Durant. After the Sport 4 loss, Nash mentioned Tucker’s protection was “non-basketball bodily at instances.” Durant and Tucker obtained right into a confrontation in Sport 3 with each being assessed technical fouls.
Durant, when requested concerning the officers, didn’t voice his displeasure concerning the state of affairs.
“I attempt to not let the refs get in the best way of how I play and simply concentrate on me,” he mentioned. “Typically you might have considered trying calls or you might even see groups taking part in extra bodily however on the finish of the day, simply attempt to concentrate on what I can management, which is myself.”