You know the aged theory about how a butterfly flapping its wings in New Mexico can, via chaos principle, aid guide to a hurricane in China?
In this scenario, the butterfly was in Milwaukee.
And the hurricane was felt in New York Town. Both equally sides of the Brooklyn Bridge, in point.
It was on Nov. 16 when the NBA’s trade moratorium was lifted, and almost quickly it appeared like the Milwaukee Bucks had accomplished almost everything probable to clinch the 2021 NBA title. They obtained New Orleans’ Jrue Holliday in a four-staff deal. And they obtained the Kings’ Bogdan Bogdanovic in a sign-and-trade.
The Bucks, who had lately convinced Giannis Antetokounmpo to extend his contract, seemed established up for several years to occur with a effective, strong and various lineup.
Except it turned out the Bucks and Kings had jumped the gun on the Bogdanovic trade, violating the league’s tampering principles. Bogdanovic signed a no cost-agent deal with the Hawks instead. Donte DiVincenzo stayed with the Bucks and did have a wonderful period as a purpose player in advance of going down with a season-ending damage.
Which is all to Milwaukee’s everlasting regret.
But it was a sliding-glass minute that also affected the two of New York’s basketball teams, ultimately. Maybe Bogdanovic wouldn’t have aided the hapless Bucks these initially two games from hunting like a disjointed AAU team, but he nearly absolutely would’ve permitted them to gain the required quantity of game titles to both bypass the Nets fully in the Jap semifinals or, at the minimum, secure property-court benefit.
And if that have been the circumstance, the Nets’ elimination of the Bucks would not be the foregone summary that seemed to exist on Thursday, hours just before the teams would idea Video game 3 of the collection back again in Milwaukee, the Bucks desperately clinging to their period.
With Bogdanovic, and with the teamwide wellness the Bucks have mostly relished this period, the Bucks would definitely make a far better go of this matchup than they have at the minimum, and would extra than possible be a slight preferred.
So bully for the Nets.
But the Bucks’ November folly – for which they ended up in the long run penalized a 2nd-round draft decide on – was as detrimental to the Knicks, as it turns out, as it was handy to the Nets.
For even though most of the haunting recollections Knicks supporters will attach to the 1-sided, five-video game whitewash from Atlanta in the to start with spherical will occur courtesy of Trae Youthful, Bogdanovic turned out to be each bit as a lot of a nuisance.
In Activity 1, right after all, he hit what may possibly effectively have been the most important shot of the collection, in what virtually surely was its turning level. With the Knicks keeping a 103-100 guide and less than a minute to go, there was a pinball-like ricocheting of the basketball from hand to hand, generally RJ Barrett’s. But Barrett couldn’t secure the ball and it bounced immediately to Bogdanovic in the corner, who drilled it.
The Hawks in no way trailed once more in that 107-105 acquire, and hardly ever seemed back once again immediately after stealing Video game 1 at the Backyard.
“We did practically every thing ideal on that engage in except for 1 factor,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau lamented later on. “Credit to Bogdanovich. He wound up with the ball in his hands and manufactured the shot and it was a dagger for us.”
For the sequence, Bogdanovich averaged 14.4 factors, 2nd only to Trae Young, and strike on 33 percent of his 3s. If Young was the prime perpetrator in ending the Knicks’ year prematurely, Bogdanovic was an un-indicted co-conspirator. And if items had long gone in accordance to the authentic prepare, he wouldn’t have been wherever close to Atlanta or Manhattan torturing the Knicks.
He’d have been in Milwaukee waiting to torture – and torch – the Nets, as a member of the Bucks. The butterfly in Milwaukee turned two basketball seasons upside down in New York Town. One for the improved. One for the worse. Crazy sliding doorways.