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Validation at Stake for Irving, Antetokounmpo in Second Round

April 27, 2019 - 11:45 am

Kyrie Irving is a six-time All-Star with a championship ring, and Giannis Antetokounmpo is likely to win this year's MVP award after leading his Milwaukee Bucks to the NBA's best record.

Both stars enter their second-round clash with plenty more to prove.

Most immediately, Irving and Antetokounmpo must show they can win a series against real playoff competition. The Boston Celtics and Bucks went a combined 8-0 in their first-round matchups, but neither the Indiana Pacers nor the Detroit Pistons were in fighting shape.