Do you know the old theory about how a butterfly fluttering its wings in New Mexico could help a hurricane in China through chaos theory?
In this case, the butterfly was in Milwaukee.
And the hurricane was felt in New York. In fact, on both sides of the Brooklyn Bridge.
It was November 16, when the NBA trade moratorium was lifted, and it almost seemed that the Milwaukee Bucks had done everything they could to win the NBA title in 2021. They acquired Jrue Holliday of New Orleans in a four-team deal. And they acquired Kings Bogdan Bogdanovich as a sign of trade.
The Bucks, who had recently persuaded Giannis Antetokounmpo to extend their contract, seemed set up for years to come with a powerful, powerful and diverse lineup.
Except that it turned out that Bucks and Kings threw the gun at Bogdanovich̵
That’s all for Milwaukee’s eternal regret.
But it was a sliding glass moment that eventually affected both New York basketball teams. Bogdanovic might not have helped the unfortunate Bucks look like AAU’s split team for the first two games, but it would almost certainly allow them to win enough games to get around the net entirely in the Eastern Semifinals, or at least a clear advantage over the court.
And if that were the case, eliminating Bucks’ “nets” would not be the preconceived notion that seemed to exist on Thursday, hours before teams returned Game 3 of the series back to Milwaukee, Bucks desperately stuck to the season.
With Bogdanovic and the health of the entire team that Bucks has enjoyed most this season, Bucks would undoubtedly make this game better than the least, and would more than likely be a slight favorite.
So bullying for the Networks.
But Bucks’ madness in November – for which they were eventually punished for choosing the second round – was as harmful to the Knicks as it turned out to be, as it was good for the Nets.
While most of the good memories that Knicks fans will attach to the one-sided, five-game game against Atlanta in the first round will come with the kind assistance of Trey Young, Bogdanovic proved to be a nuisance.
In Game 1, after all, he hit what was perhaps the biggest shot in the series, which was almost certainly her turning point. When the Knicks held a 103-100 lead and only a minute left, there was a ricochet of basketball from hand to hand, especially on RJ Barrett. But Barrett could not secure the ball and it bounced directly to Bogdanovic in a corner that pierced it.
Hawks never gave up in this 107-105 victory and never looked back after stealing Game 1 in the garden.
“We did almost everything right in this game, except for one thing,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau later complained. “Bogdanovich’s loan. He finished with the ball in his hands and made a shot and it was a dagger for us. “
For the series, Bogdanovic averaged 14.4 points, second only to Trae Young, and hit 33% of his 3 seconds. If Young was the main culprit for the premature termination of the Knicks season, Bogdanovic was not an accused conspirator. And if things had gone according to plan, he wouldn’t have been near Atlanta or Manhattan, torturing the Knicks.
He would have been in Milwaukee waiting to torture – and set fire to – the Webs as a member of the Bucks. The butterfly in Milwaukee turned two basketball seasons in New York. One for better. One for worse. Crazy sliding doors.