Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash blamed "too many obstacles" for the way his team's season ended. On Saturday night in Brookyn, the Nets suffered a 115-111 overtime loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. The Nets led 2-0 and 3-2 but failed to close out the series as the Bucks claimed a comeback victory to progress into the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Nets played without their star guard Kyrie Irving in Game 7 and the Bucks took the full advantage of it. James Harden, who suffered a hamstring injury moments into Game 1, played in Game 7 but Nash said his star guard played on "one leg."
"I still thought we could win it," Nash said. "And clearly, I think we proved tonight that we could. Game could have gone either way. You always know there's a chance. Anything can happen. I think we just faced one too many obstacles this year.
Because our guys gave everything they had."
Harden 'frustrated' for the way the Nets' season ended
Harden, who requested a trade from the Houston Rockets in the offseason, got his wish fulfilled when the Rockets traded him to the Nets earlier this year.
Harden left the Rockets because he felt he couldn't win an NBA title there. "Me, personally, like, it's frustrating," Harden said. "Just being durable and being myself for the last so many postseasons and dealing with this particular hamstring, I'm frustrated.
We did everything we could towards the end. Just frustrated, but give the Bucks credit. They fought until the end, had a hell of a series. We just came up short." Kevin Durant made a clutch two-pointer to send the game into overtime but it could have easily been a game-winner had his foot not stepped on the three-point line.
"My big-ass foot stepped on the line," Durant said. "I just saw a little screen-shot, how close I was to ending their season off that shot, but it wasn't in God's plan, and we move on." Bruce Brown has said that he would like to return to the Nets, while Blake Griffin and Jeff Green will take a few days before focusing on their future.
"I think we have guys that are extremely motivated, passionate about what they do, unselfish, willing to sacrifice, have a lot of character," Nash said. "I think they will regroup and be ready to go again. It's been a really difficult year.
We got a lot thrown at us. They've survived it in incredible fashion. They'll get themselves ready to go again next year."