Bogut Released by the Lakers

Expected to be signed by a playoff-bound team

The Los Angeles Lakers have just lost their 9-straight game after beating the Houston Rockets. After sticking around within the top 10 in the Western Conference for most of the current season, the no-longer mighty Lakers have stumbled to the bottom of the West as they currently hold an 11-27 record. While injuries to Lonzo Ball and other players plus the Julius Randle problem have led to this struggle of the Purple and Gold, their inconsistencies on both ends of the court are to be blamed why the Lakers are this bad.
The Lakers have also become known as a team who makes bad signings, something that they have done so consistently during the past few seasons. And it appears that they haven’t learned anything at all.
Andrew Bogut is believed by many as one of the greatest players Australia has ever produced. After all, he was picked by the Milwaukee Bucks as the top pick back in 2005. But he hadn’t made a crack this season with the Lakers this season as he only averaged 1.5 points and 3.3 rebounds per game in 24 games which included 5 starts. Bogut was signed by the Lakers believing that Bogut could bring some veteran presence to a young core. And now, they are finalizing things out to release him.

What’s next for Andrew Bogut?

For a player of Andrew Bogut’s caliber who has been averaging 9 points and 8 rebounds per game throughout his career, it will not be difficult for him to get signed by a potentially-playoff bound team. Teams like the Boston Celtics, the San Antonio Spurs and the Cleveland Cavaliers could utilize Bogut’s defensive skills on top of being one of league’s best passing big men. 
But of course, Bogut could make a return to the Bucks to play alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo and Eric Bledsoe. After all, the Bucks are in deep need of a big man as they have been losing tons of games ever since they played the “Barney song” against the Toronto Raptors. Who knows? Bogut might be the answer to the Bucks’ losing streak. 

Conclusion

While there’s no doubt that Bogut will choose to sign with a championship-contending team, there’s also a big risk. After all, Bogut’s career has been mired with injuries. While there’s no denying that Bogut remains as one of the league’s defensive-minded big men, signing him is definitely a big gamble for any team. But then, who knows? 

3 Big NBA Stars Likely to be Traded this Month

With trade season already in full swing, expect these players in different teams before February.

The trades that were made during the off-season prior to the current season were blockbuster ones that some fans even made pre-season predictions that their respective teams will beat this and that. And now that the trade restrictions are off the hook, we can expect more of those blockbuster trades especially now that the February trade deadline is fast approaching. 
During the first three months of the 2017-2018 season, the NBA has been rocked by the deafening noise that is created by the trade rumors surrounding big names. With January already a few days old, we should be seeing some of those rumors to become a reality and below are the three BIG stars who are likely to be playing for another team come February: 

1. Paul George

Despite playing alongside Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony in the Oklahoma City Thunder, Paul George’s name has been connected to various trade rumors which included a trade that could send him to the Los Angeles Lakers- a team PG13 is desiring to play for. For this trade to happen, the Lakers could offer Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson in exchange for Paul George. 
While trading Jordan Clarkson is definitely a heavy decision for the Lakers because JC6 has emerged as a solid leader off the bench, trading Julius Randle will be easier because he isn’t fond of coming off the bench. If this trade happens, it will be a win-win situation for both teams because Paul George now gets to play for his hometown while Julius Randle gets a fresh start with the Thunder alongside Jordan Clarkson who could start at shooting guard for the Thunder. 

2. Julius Randle

As mentioned above, Julius Randle is no longer happy with his decreased role while playing for Luke Walton. So expect him to be sent elsewhere where he would be utilized better. Possible destinations for Randle would be the Thunder, Denver Nuggets and, yes, even the still-struggling New York Knicks. Julius Randle could be a valuable asset to any team who could get him because he is still young and can still develop into a dominant power forward.  

3. DeAndre Jordan

DJ’s Los Angeles Clippers are playing catching up for the 8th spot in the Western Conference as they are riding on their 4-game winning streak. However, with injuries to key players,  the Clippers are no longer the same team they used to be during the Chris Paul era. 
And despite DJ playing well this season, it appears that the Clippers are no longer interested in paying for DJ’s hefty salary as they have been engaged in numerous talks with opposing teams in hopes of getting someone of high quality in exchange for Jordan, one of the league’s elite centers. Right now, there are two teams who have the potential to land DJ: the Milwaukee Bucks and the Cleveland Cavaliers.   

Conclusion

Of the three mentioned players, Paul George has the highest possibility of getting traded owing to the current situation in Oklahoma. Why? They have yet to perform like the super team they were supposed to be. Who knows? Trading one of their stars might help actually help the Thunder. 

JaVale McGee to Milwaukee: Who would win in this trade?

Trade rumors surrounding JaVale  is popping out anew.

The defending champions, the Golden State Warriors have finally overtaken the Houston Rockets atop the standings of the stacked Western Conference as they have won 9 of their last 10 games including their Christmas Day game against LeBron James and the rest of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Mind you, folks. They’ve been winning despite missing the services of 2-time MVP, Steph Curry who is currently nursing an injury. And given the fact that the Warriors have played amazingly over the past few weeks despite missing their stars, just imagine what the Warriors if they are in full strength.  Scary, isn’t it?
If you watched last season’s Finals series between these two teams, there were other factors that enabled the Warriors to finish the series in 5 games outside of Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Steph Curry. Among those factors is having a bench who can step up anytime Steve Kerr called them up. And among those players who played a critical role in the Warriors’ dominance against the Cavaliers is none other than JaVale McGee.
JaVale McGee has been known worldwide due to his funny antics on and off the court which produced a good number of memes online. 
But more than that, he finally found a home with the Warriors and was a vital piece to the Warriors’ championship run. In fact, he averaged 23 points and  12 rebounds per game in 77 games while making 73% of his shots.
However, the emergence of Jordan Bell has left JaVale McGee scratching his head and he even didn’t play on Christmas Day. In fact, JaVale McGee hasn’t scored in double figures in a month and only played in 1 of the last 3 games.
Recently, trade rumors surrounding JaVale McGee have started to come out on the Internet. One of the rumors that have been making the loudest of the noise is the one involving McGee being sent to the Milwaukee Bucks

Who would win in this trade?

Regardless of who the Bucks will send in exchange for McGee, both teams would win in this deal. Steve Kerr can now focus on maximizing the potentials of Jordan Bell. On the other hand, the Bucks will be gaining an athletic big man who can defend and get the rebounds. He will be a perfect addition to the Bucks who already have Giannis Antetokuonmpo and Eric Bledsoe. Having McGee will add a much-needed depth for the Bucks. 

Conclusion

If anything, JaVale McGee’s diminishing minutes under Steve Kerr is one sign that the former isn’t going to be with the Warriors in the long run so we can expect him to be traded before February. While he is already in the near climax of his career, JaVale McGee can still dunk, run on the break, defend and get those rebounds- at ease. Any team who would trade for him will definitely benefit them in more ways than what they can imagine. 

Ball Scrutiny: 3 Reasons Why Bucks Crushed Cavs

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Cleveland Cavaliers fell one step short, falling into the hands of the mighty Milwaukee. Lebron James with 39 points was worth nothing but a bitter defeat.
What could’ve gone wrong for the Cavs? Or maybe it’s just the Bucks finding the right mix for an impeccable chemistry?

1. Cavs too slow to come back?

Bucks swallowed the Cavs whole in transition basket. Scoring 24 fast break points while Cavs with only 3.
Yes, the Cavs had delivered well in terms of plays but in transition where high defensive vulnerability is present, that is where things got rough for Cleveland. They could not match Bucks’ pace led by the Greek Freak with 27 points.

2. Greek Freak not Alone Anymore

In most games, Giannis frequently scores above 30 points yet Bucks loses. So what’s with a winning 27 point performance?
The Greek Freak didn’t fight alone against the Cavs. A small guy in the name of Eric Bledsoe helped him with 26 points. In fact, 4 of 5 starters finished with double figures.
Khris Middleton with a double-double of 18 points 10 assists to help Bucks slip past Cavs.

3. Cavs wasn’t expecting Bucks as a team

With a misleading anticipation that the biggest problem would be Antetokounmpo, they somehow got him under control but left so many spots open for the rest of the Bucks to deliver.

Conclusion

Milwaukee is a good team with Giannis but a great team which could destroy powerhouses with the rest of the team supporting the Greek Freak.
Cleveland, on the other hand, fell another step back on their race to chase and take away Boston’s spot on the top.

Balls-Eye: 3 Ways for Bucks to Beat Rockets

Milwaukee Bucks is a strong offensive team with their core Giannis Antetokounmpo. But is their power enough to make Rockets collapse?

Clint Capela and James Harden talking

Beating the Rockets on their current condition right now is far from easy and more than just difficult. But it isn’t impossible any team just have to slow down, if not completely stopping the Rockets so here are some prospective ways on how to make Rockets have a taste of defeat in the hands of the Bucks.

1 – Giannis as he usually does

It is quite normal for the Greek Freak to score at least 30 points a game, but it would not be very easy against a no ordinary team but if he keeps his high scoring, it is clearly a great sign that Rockets’ defense fails to get him under control and what’s left to do for Bucks is to outperform them in scoring.

2 – Limit Harden’s Threes

It isn’t just Steph Curry who’s got the gunpowder to shoot from way outside. James Harden also exists. Remember that 90 point halftime score? Rockets especially James Harden is a monster and he let it rain down threes. If Bucks would be able to handle Harden, then the Rockets’ offensive production would somehow decrease.

3 – Box Out Capela

If it isn’t Harden, it would be Clint Capela, their core center which provides an extra boost for the team. But let it be known that Bucks have Giannis which have not only skills but can also win a battle of strength and power. He has a chance to handle and win over Capela on the inside battle.


Nevertheless, still, anyone’s victory isn’t guaranteed especially for the Bucks. Giannis has been scoring the way he does regardless of games won and lost. It would be his teammates who’d make the difference. A huge difference. Who knows, maybe they’ll finally step up once they faced the number one team in the west. 

DeAndre Jordan to the Bucks: How DJ Could Make Milwaukee a Contender?

The Bucks need a legitimate center to back up the Greek Freak and Eric Bledsoe

Giannis Antetokounmpo will benefit the most if DeAndre Jordan goes to Milwaukee. 

With the talents that DeAndre Jordan has, his rebounding abilities plus his defensive expertise, it shouldn’t be a surprise if many teams, especially from the Eastern Conference, are trying to acquire Jordan via a trade. 
You see, a center of DJ’s caliber is now a rare thing in this league that is now dominated by guards. While we have seen multiple players who can play the center position, the true strength of a good team lies behind how strong its frontline is- particularly the one who is playing the center position because that guy will be the team’s anchor on defense.
DeAndre Jordan has been among the players who are likely to be traded this season. Why? With the Los Angeles Clippers miserably struggling this season as evident by their 9-15 record, plus the mere fact that 4 of their starters have been down for quite some time now due to injuries, trading away Jordan who is averaging 10 points and 14 rebounds per game, seems like the best choice the Clippers have as of the moment if they are to salvage what is left of this ugly season. 

The question is: which team will benefit if they acquire DeAndre Jordan?

The truth is, any team will benefit from getting DeAndre Jordan’s services and among those teams is the Milwaukee Bucks- a team that is interested in getting DJ- according to reports. Now, to get DeAndre Jordan, the Bucks can send John Henson, Malcolm Brogdon, and Khris Middleton in exchange for DJ. Why? The Clippers are rumored to be interested in acquiring at least TWO of the mentioned players.
Now, assuming that this trade will materialize, this deal will enable the Bucks to become a stronger team than they were during early stages of the season. Rebounding-wise, they will become a better rebounding team because aside from Giannis Antetokounmpo who is currently leading the team with 10 rebounds per game, DJ’s rebounding numbers will be a big boost for the Bucks. This alone will make the Bucks a better team overall.

Conclusion

While there’s no assurance as of now that this trade will happen anytime soon, we can be assured that there will be more teams who will become interested in DeAndre Jordan’s services. After all, he’s among the league’s elite centers. 

DeAndre to Milwaukee for Three Young Bucks, A Possibility?

Clippers is interested in three young Bucks!

Let the rumor mill grind as we are once again at that moment in time when teams are looking to make some changes after a month of basketball in the NBA. 
Clippers may be one of those team who badly needs some change of scenario. Currently, with 8 wins and 12 losses, they are not the team they used to be. Certainly, the departure of Chris Paul in the offseason and the injury of Blake Griffin are major factors that’s why the Clippers is back on the drawing board searching for answers. 
This season injury has been a close companion of the team and rumor has been the sidekick and the recent one is the trade rumor concerning the only remaining core member of the Clippers Lob City era. DeAndre Jordan according to many sources is on the trading block and a number of teams have already shown interest, the likes of Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards, Minnesota Timberwolves and the Milwaukee Bucks. 
Per Woelfel’s Press Box, the Milwaukee Bucks are making a concerted push to acquire veteran center Deandre Jordan from the L.A. Clippers. On the other side of the fence, the Clippers may be interested in getting multiple pieces one that includes the rookie of the year Malcolm Brogdon, John Henson and Khris Middleton. 

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The Clippers may be asking too much but the Bucks might consider only letting go of two players. The Buck recently lost Bigman Greg Monroe in a recent blockbuster trade with the Phoenix Suns that landed them Eric Bledsoe. 
The Bucks has been making a conscious effort to build around their centerpiece Giannis Antetokounmpo. 

By the Numbers: Bucks Win in Bledsoe’s Debut

Having Bledsoe around makes life easier especially for Giannis Antetokuonmpo

Giannis Antetokuonmpo had another stellar performance against an elite team in the West.
After starting the season with an impressive record, the Milwaukee Bucks stumbled anew as they dropped 4 straight games. Fortunately, Eric Bledsoe, who was traded from the Phoenix Suns, made life brighter and easier for the Bucks despite not participating in any of the Bucks’ practices right after the deal aside from the morning shootaround heading into their game against the San Antonio Spurs.
In a game that was relatively close all throughout, the Milwaukee Bucks came out victorious as they beat the inconsistent San Antonio Spurs, 94-87- thanks to another MVP-like performance from the Greek Freak and a stellar performance from the Bucks’ newest point guard, Eric Bledsoe.
As mentioned, the game between the Spurs and Bucks was close but below are the numbers that won the game for the Bucks:

58 Rebounds

Now, the Bucks are only averaging 38 rebounds per game heading into the game against the Spurs- and they are 38th in the league in rebounds. Against San Antonio who is 9th in the league with 45 rebounds per game, the Bucks grabbed 58 rebounds- 11 of those came from the offensive ends. Aside from his 28 points to lead all scorers, Giannis Antetokuonmpo also grabbed 12 rebounds. Now that’s all-around performance, folks.

The Bledsoe Effect

Make no mistake, folks. Eric Bledsoe is still among the exciting guards we have in the NBA where everyone was talking about Steph Curry, Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving, among others. In his much-awaited debut for the Bucks, Bledsoe scored 13 points and dished out 7 assists in 29 minutes of action. With Bledsoe at the point guard position, the Bucks just earned a dynamic duo which includes Bledsoe and the Greek Freak. The future looks brighter for these Bucks, right?

Aggressiveness: Worked Both Ways

Like it or not, the Bucks were the more aggressive team last night as they pounded on the points especially in the shaded area where they were able to outscore the Spurs, 52-44. Also, the wards of Coach Jason Kidd were able to run on the break, outscoring San Antonio, 19-8 in fastbreak points. Aside from attacking the inside defense of the Spurs which allowed the Bucks to get 13 fouls, it was Milwaukee’s aggressive defense that made the difference. The Bucks had 7 blocks- 4 from Antetokuonmpo alone. 

Conclusion

Eric Bledsoe’s numbers during his Milwaukee debut may be a small thing but give him and Giannis Antetokuonmpo time to blend in, they might become the next best 1-2 punch not just in the East but, in the entire NBA. 

Trade Alert! 2 for 1: Blockbuster Trade, Eric Bledsoe Traded to Milwaukee Bucks

Eric Bledsoe is finally getting out of Phoenix 

Phoenix will get Greg Monroe and a first round pick for Eric Bledsoe 

After requesting to be traded, the Phoenix wasted little time to make a move and it looks like everything will be finalized as the disgruntled point guard is finally moving out of the Suns.
Bledsoe at 27 was averaging 21 points and 6 assists per game last season. If the trade pushes through he will be playing his 3rd NBA team. Bledsoe was drafted 18th overall by Oklahoma but was traded to the Clippers where he played for 3 years. He moved to Suns in 2013 and now will potentially team up with Giannis Atetokounmpo in Milwaukee.
On the other hand, Greg Monroe also at 27 had spent two years in Milwaukee but never really performed to expectation. His best years were when he was playing with the Detroit Pistons were he averaged as high as 16 points while grabbing almost 10 rebounds a game.

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The Greek Freak with Milwaukee Season Forecast

The Greek Freak Giannis Antetokounmpo

With the Milwaukee Bucks having a great player like Giannis Antetokounmpo, it is undeniably the teams’ strength. The Greek Freaks’ offensive power had brought their team to victory. But the real deal is how long can the Greek Freak carry his team the way he does?

Giannis has dominance in Bucks’ offense, yes now it is very much effective for the Milwaukee Bucks because they win games or keep a game close with their losses but it’s not as though Giannis can always carry his team up to the finals.

The Greek Freak, being the greatest strength of Milwaukee will be a major loophole in the long run. He is the main frame of the offense, which will make it easier for them to be stopped as time passes. Why? Because the league only needs to shut down one player to shut down the whole team – this is the consequence that the Bucks may face if they’ll keep on relying solely on Giannis.

The offense of the Bucks shall be widespread for their team to have the real threatening form, one player is terrifying but one player only can only win games but team work will win championships.

The Bucks must start on working on their offense, maybe try to let Giannis pass – which is a good strategy because the league would expect that it will be The Greek Freak who’ll pull the trigger for the team, thus attracting most of the defense and giving his teammates more open looks for easier baskets rather than pushing his way through the wall all by himself.

A great scorer, once threat has been firmly established will be a good extra passer, this is the real power behind a great individual offensive player, making the game easier for your team not because you score but because you pass to them and let them have their role on the team’s journey to the league.

How Unstoppable is Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo?

The Greek Freak Giannis Antetokounmpo is just relentless in every game

Giannis “the Greek Freak” Antetokounmpo

He currently averages with terrifying numbers – 36.8 points per game, 10.3 Rebounds per game, and 5.3 assists per game. These numbers are humongous, particularly his scoring ability and efficiency every game.

Just how strong this guy is based on what he had shown this early phase of the season?
Being in the forward position, Giannis will be inevitably compared to the superstar LeBron James. But looking at today’s averages, LeBron is way behind Antetokounmpo with only 25 points in a game. LeBron James is the player who scores the most with consistency in the Cleveland team yet his performance is thwarted by this guy in the Bucks.
Let us take a look back when the Milwaukee Bucks faced the Cleveland Cavaliers this season where the Bucks lost at a huge gap 116-97. It was a huge difference. It was also the Bucks’first and only lost so far but the question is did the Cavs shut down Antetokounmpo during the game? 
The answer is no. 
Despite the huge gap, Giannis scored a monstrous 34 points compared to LeBron James – the highest in Cavs with only 24. The Cavs did not stop nor destroyed Antetokounmpo during that match, they just have had more offensive power like Kevin Love, Dwyane Wade, Jae Crowder and even Kyle Korver who made 5 triples during the game.
On the 28th of this month, they’ll face the Boston Celtics which the Bucks had beaten in their last match. Antetokounmpo scored a huge 37 points against the Celtics, which only had Jaylen Brown scoring less than half of the Greek Freak, 18 points. Kyrie Irving, being known as an offensive player failed to match the Greek Freak’s production, will this repeat again in their next game?

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Even during games in the preseason where the Bucks lost, Giannis still remained unstoppable. His scoring is highly consistent and can be barely ceased by any team’s defense.
So how unstoppable is the Greek Freak? He is so unstoppable to the extent that even during his team’s losses, you’ll be victor over the team but you’ll still feel crushed when defending the rising superstar Giannis “the Greek Freak” Antetokounmpo.

By the Numbers: The Greek Freak’s Numbers are Freakingly Awesome

Don’t get surprised if he will be included in the top candidates for this season’s MVP

The Greek Freak is already seasoned to become one of the dominant players in the NBA. 
In February of this year, Giannis Antetokunmpo made his debut in the All-Star Game as he started for the East All-Stars, the first Milwaukee Buck to enter the All-Star Game since Micheal Redd did it in 2004. Then, he was named as one of the members of the All-NBA Second Team for the 2016-2017 season which saw Antetokunmpo averaged 22 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, a steal and 2 blocks. 
Ever since the All-Star Game, this basketball pundit on wheels has been saying that the Greek Freak will achieve greater heights this season and beyond and, this basketball pundit is right, at least by looking at the numbers. 
The numbers? Oh yes, folks, if you want to freak yourselves out, then take a look at the numbers below:

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36 Points per Game

4 games into the new season Giannis Antetokunmpo has been literally and figuratively tearing it off on offense as he has been norming 36 points a night in those 4 games which include a 37-point performance in the Bucks’ opening night win against the Boston Celtics. He then scored 44 points against the Portland Trail Blazers but it was his block at the end that sealed the win. Giannis Antetokunmpo is the league’s leading scorer, folks, and second among small forwards in field goal shooting with 65%. No wonder why the Bucks are 3-1 at the very moment.

10 Rebounds per Game

This is another leap from what Antetokunmpo did last season. Even though he is not the leading rebounder among all players just yet, his 10 boards per outing in those 4 games is enough to put the Greek Freak on the top two of the leaderboard among all small forwards. Overall, Antetokunmpo already had 43 rebounds in just 4 games- the first player to grab that many rebounds.

5 Assists per Game

One reason why Antetokunmpo may be the next thing in the NBA after LeBron James and Kevin Durant is his passing ability. Even though he is not a flashy passer as Lonzo Ball, Russell Westbrook or even Stephen Curry, don’t count the Greek Freak’s passing game just yet. In fact, he is only second to LeBron James among small forwards in assists per game, dishing 5 dimes per night. But his 21 assists combined from those 4 games? That’s entirely something else.

2 Steals and a Block: A Complete Game

If you still think that Giannis Antetokunmpo is merely an offensive player, then you haven’t seen him play at all. He is averaging 2 steals and a block per game- ranking himself 3rd among all small forwards in both categories. If these defense-related numbers don’t freak you out, then nothing will.

Conclusion

Kobe Bryant challenged Giannis Antetokunmpo to win the MVP this season and if we are to look at the numbers, don’t be surprised. Giannis Antetokunmpo is taking the Black Mamba’s challenge seriously and his numbers don’t lie either. 

MVP or not, the Greek Freak will wreak havoc this season and the rest of the NBA should watch out

Antetokounmpo’s 37 Points, 13 Rebounds Double-Double Performance is Just too much for Celtics

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics are totally the other way around compared to what they showed during the preseason games. 

After a debut loss against the Cavs, they are now down 0-2 after their defeat against Milwaukee Bucks.
Celtics is slowly but surely falling into a pit underneath their feet. With Kyrie Irving on their team, the offensive power of the team has improved dramatically with a point guard that effectively penetrates through any sort of defense.
The question is, is there something wrong with the Boston Celtics gameplay? Or is it just their opponent being much stronger than them?
Last game, against Cleveland, Celtics were down double digits from the first to third but then snatched the momentum back to their side in the 4th, and just fell one step short in bagging the victory, it was just a matter of time on why they lost. They already are in the rhythm but the buzzer already horned when it’s the Cavs who made a run.
But now, with their defeat against Milwaukee Bucks, what just happened? A single player, Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 37 points alone which is evidently the main reason for their defeat. Giannis completely achieved dominance on the floor and absolutely destroyed his main mark Jayson Tatum with only 8 points though they both played 37 minutes.
There is nothing wrong with the Celtics offensively, given that they are an offensive team due to Kyrie’s presence and style of play but playing with teams who have weapons that can match their offensive powers, the stakes of Boston losing the game is high, because they cannot stop their opponent but it is not that they are also unstoppable. Interior defense and control on the boards shall be a major concern of the Boston Celtics.
A great offense will never win against a great defense. Stops are much more effective than pushing hard. Their offensive play is enough but they are very vulnerable to internal attacks.

OJ Mayo Wants a Comeback to Play for the Bucks

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With his 2-year ban on the NBA for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, former NBA player OJ Mayo wants a shot of comeback to play again with the Milwaukee Bucks.

“I want to go back to what I left [in Milwaukee]. I was real close with [coach] Jason Kidd. I had great relationships with Giannis [Antetokounmpo] and Khris Middleton. I was comfortable there. I felt like I let them down, cheated them for two years. They paid me $8 million to be, in my eyes, a subpar player. They invested millions of dollars for me to be on top of my s—, and when you’re not on top of your s—, it shows. I’ll be 30 next summer. If they just give me the chance, I can make it up. I owe them.” Mayo said.

Mayo said that the drug that triggered the discipline was not a hard drug but said he smoked marijuana and abused a prescription pain medication.
Mayo entered the 2008 NBA draft and was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the third overall pick. He was later traded to the Memphis Grizzlies, with whom he played four seasons. In 2011, he tested positive for a banned steroid and was suspended by the NBA for 10 games. Mayo signed with the Dallas Mavericks in 2012, and then with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2013. On July 1, 2016, Mayo was dismissed from the NBA for violating the league’s anti-drug program.

Highlights: Raptors Now Advances to Eastern Semi-Finals After Victory Against the Bucks

Raptors struggled in fourth quarter before winning, 89-92.
Even with Giannis Antetokounmpo having a great game today, the Bucks still failed to bring the series into Game 7. DeMar DeRozan scored a total of 32 points leading Raptors to win against Milwaukee Bucks. Kyle Lowry chipped in some double figures with 13 points, 4 assists, and 3 rebounds. Serge Ibaka gave 7 points, 11 rebounds Patrick Patterson scored 7 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist and Cory Joseph giving in 3 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist.
With Toronto Raptors dominating the first and second quarter of the game, they struggled in the latter part of third up to the fourth quarter. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Greg Monroe, Khris Middleton, Jason Terry, and Matthew Dellavedova played it hard in fourth quarter before giving Raptors a win. With Middleton, Terry, Antetokounmpo hitting free throws, three point shots and dunks the Bucks managed to erase some point disadvantages against Toronto Raptors ending the quarter with final score, 89-92.
Raptors now advances to the second round series with Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Glen Rice Do Not Think The Bucks Will Win The Championship This Year

Glen Rice was there to watch the NBA Filipino Heritage Week Matchup between Bucks vs Warriors. The Warriors beat the Bucks 117-92.
After the game Philippine Media asked him about the chances of the Milwaukee Bucks.
Milwaukee is not one of the elite teams that’s gonna challenge for a championship – Glen Rice.

Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee Bucks is Doing Something We’ve Never Seen in the NBA

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks looked like a team on a mission after their 102-95 victory over the young Minnesota Timberwolves. Tony Snell led the Bucks with 19 points while Karl-Anthony Towns led the Wolves with 35 points and 14 rebounds. 
However it was another day in the office for Giannis Antetokounmpo as he scored 18 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, 7 assists and had 2 blocks in the game. Giannis have been doing it all since the All-Star break and he is on his way to a historic season. Giannis Antetokounmpo is on the ranks in the top-20 in points, rebounds, steals & blocks and no player in NBA history has done this for an entire season. Antetokounmpo ranks 17th in both points and rebounds, 9th in steals and 6th in blocks. With his young age, the sky is the limit for this player. Here are some of his highlights from their last game against the Timberwolves.


Spread Love: Happy NBA Valentines!

Valentines day is upon us. Today it would really be a lot of fun to know players who are somehow connected to this romantic day.

“Can You Be My Valentine?”

These players can be literally your “Valentine”. Check these Mr. Valentines of the NBA now and then.
The 1980 NBA Draft’s 51st pick, Ronnie Valentine was the first Mr. Valentine of the NBA. He was drafted by the Denver Nuggets and played in only 24 games of 1980-1981 NBA season, scoring 84 points. 
Then, the point guard from the Chicago, Darnell Valentine courted the NBA. He was not rejected and proved himself, scoring career 5,400 points, dishing 3,080 assists and grabbing 1,318 rebounds in his 10 years of his relationship with the NBA, specifically for the Portland Trailblazers (1981-1986), Los Angeles Clippers (1986-1988), and for the Cleveland Cavaliers (1988-1991).
Today, another Mr. Valentine showed up in the NBA, the Chicago Bulls Shooting Guard, Denzel Valentine. But, he is currently playing for the Windy City Bulls in the NBA Development League.

“Keep Calm and Love Balling”

Many fall in love with this sport. The proof was the three “Love” of the NBA that suited teams to play the sport  they love.
First was Bob Love, that brought great impact for the Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls, New York Nets and Seattle SuperSonics because of his playing style. He is a versatile forward who could shoot either with his left or right hand. He ended up with 13,895 points, 4,635 rebounds and 1,123 assists. 
Stan Love entered the League next, he played for the Baltimore Bullets, Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs and retire having 1,579 points, 929 rebounds and 181 assists. 
Stan Love’s love of the game was the heritage of the current Cavalier, Kevin Love. It’s undeniable that Kevin is one of the best Forwards to ever play the game, his devotion and love to the game inspire others to also love the sport. Love played for the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2008-2014 and is playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2014-present.
Happy Valentines Day! Spread the love this Valentines Day. #NBA

The ’96 Draft Class Concluded Ray Allen Officially Retires

Today, Ray Allen officially retires from NBA. Check out his Letter to his 13 year old self at Player’s Tribune . He was basically been retired for two years though.

Allen was the fifth pick of the 1996 NBA Draft. He has two championships (Celtics and Heat) and multiple All-star appearances. He is an all-time leader in 3-pointers in NBA history. In the Olympics, he has a gold medal as well.

Thank you for 18 years GOAT shooter.

Here’s a portion of Ray Allen’s Letter to my younger self….

The hell you experience when you get off that bus will be temporary. Basketball will take you far away from that school yard. You will become far more than just a basketball player. You’ll get to act in movies. You’ll travel the world. You will become a husband, and the father of five amazing children.

Now, the most important question in your life isn’t, “Who am I supposed to be?” or even, “What do I have to do to win another championship?”

It’s, “Daddy, guess what happened in math class today?”

That’s the reward that awaits you at the end of your journey.

Go to the court. Stay at the court.

Get your work in, young fella.

Most people will never really get to know the real you. But they’ll know your work.

Introducing: Kris Dunn Lottery pick for 2016 NBA DRAFT!

Kris Dunn



Dunn tore his labrum in June 2012 and underwent shoulder surgery immediately after. He made his freshman debut in late December.[3]On December 11, 2013, it was announced Dunn would undergo shoulder surgery and miss the rest of his sophomore season.[4]In the following 2014-2015 season, Dunn returned from injury to earn the Big East Player of the Year and the Defensive Player of the Year awards. Choosing to return for the 2015-2016 season with the intention of graduating, Dunn garnered many preseason accolades, including preseason POY.
Dunn was named Big East Player of the Week on January 4, 2016 after scoring 26 points in a win against St. John’s and a 20 point outing in a victory over ninth-ranked Butler.[5]On February 1, 2016, he was named one of 10 finalists for the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award.[6]




He has gotten better and proved to be a better player after the surgery. Here are the stats for Dunn this senior year from Providence Friars. 

Measurements:
Height: 6’4 
Wingspan: 6’9
Standing Reach 8’6

Stats:

17 PPG
5.9 RBG for a point guard
6.7 APG
3.2 SPG – 2nd in the nation in steals

To me he is a smaller version of Dwade, his tenacity of defense and the ability to absorb contact and make the shot reminds me of Dwade. Which is not bad there are rumors that my wolves assuming the wolves keep the 5th pick would take Dunn, I don’t have a problem with that if they would trade rubio or lavine. I don’t want the wolves to have 3 PG’s again like what they did with rubio, flynn and some mash potatoes. 

Dunn will be a great fit for Milwaukee because MCW looks a bit lost out there. Dunn would thrive playing under Jason Kidd. 

Here is a good highlight of Kris Dunn’s style of play:





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Aldrin 
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MILWAUKEE BUCKS Put an END to Golden State’s Run! 108-95!


Yes. Ladies and gentlemen you are not mistaken. The struggling Bucks found a way for the entire league to feel the force as they beat a team that has been invisible from the start of the season. The Bucks led from the start but got beaten on the 3rd quarter but came bouncing back to seal the victory making them the team to beat the rampage of the Warriors. 

It was a collective effort but we can give the credit to Giannis Antetokounmpo. He gave them his first triple double. 11 pts, 12 rebs, and 10 assist might as well add in 2 blocks and a nightmare to Klay Thompson who only scored 12 points with a 4-14 shooting from the field. 

Monroe also displayed how to exhaust the small line up of the Warriors. He is too big for Draymond Green. Monroe scored 28 pts, collected 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Curry led the Warriors with 28pts, 7 rebs and 5 assists. The Warriors looked conquerable even before this game as they hardly escaped against the Celtics the other night. 

Will this win give boost to the Bucks? It should. We will see because right now they are 10-15. A poor start compared to last season. 

Will this loss be the light for other teams to pick apart the weakness of the Dubs? 

We are almost halfway there and we will all witness what is about to happen to both teams. So stay tuned @ powcast.net for your favorite basketball and other sports articles. 

Here is the epic highlight from NBAclip:



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Aldrin
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James, Love lead Cavaliers past Bucks, 115-100

Lebron James scored 27 points, and Kevin Love added 22 points and 15 rebounds for the Cleveland Cavaliers in a 115-100 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.

“This is how we need to play,” James said. “There’s no ifs ands or buts. I think we answered the call on what we talked about. We’re just trying to get better.”

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a career-high 33 points for Milwaukee.

Cavaliers point guard Mo Williams missed the game because of a sore right leg and center Timofey Mozgov strained his right shoulder in the second quarter and didn’t return.

Wiggins loves the competition against Parker’s Team – 24pts 6 reb (Highlight’s inside)

Wiggins Vs Parker

It has been mentioned many times that these two could be the future of the NBA, not only that it could also be a rivalry ala Kevin Durant / Lebron James. I know it may or may not happen that they could equate the greatness of the players mentioned above.

Wiggins has always played to his best whenever he has gone up against Parker since highschool days and even in college, it is such a shame that Parker got injured last year so the contest for Rookie of the year has been easy for Wiggins. Rest assured that these 2 young superstars will go ham on each other if given a chance. But you know i will always be rooting for my boy Wiggins! 

Wiggins anchored his team to victory against the bucks in the last game of the pre-season for both teams.
The wolves win vs the bucks (112 – 108) . Wiggy scored a team high 24 pts with 6 rebs, 2 assists and a block. Wiggins will play a lot of 2 or 3 depending on situations but expect that he would do better than his first season. 

* Jabari Parker did not play in this game due to injury, he is getting ready for the start of the season and may start playing November 2015.

Highlights of Wiggins courtesy of GD’s Latest Highlights:



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Aldrin C.
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