Milwaukee Bucks vs. Toronto Raptors 11/21/14: Video Highlights and Recap

Two of the NBA‘s hottest teams squared off on Friday night, when the Toronto Raptors hosted the Milwaukee Bucks. The Raptors had won two straight and seven of their last eight, riding a balanced roster to massive success. But, they faced a tough test in this one from the surprising Bucks, who had won three straight and five of their last six. 

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Giannis Antetokounmpo: Updates on Bucks Star’s Ankle and Return

The ascension of star-in-the-making Giannis Antetokounmpo may be temporarily stymied, as the second-year player is now dealing with an injury. 

Bucks PR reported on Friday that Antetokounmpo is suffering from an ankle injury:

Alongside Jabari Parker, Larry Sanders and Brandon Knight, Antetokounmpo helps to form the young core of the Milwaukee Bucks. Though Antetokounmpo comes off the bench for the team, he’s often provided a spark in that role and remains one of the team’s most important players despite not starting. 

Antetokounmpo showed signs of his significant potential in his rookie season, averaging 6.8 points and 4.4 rebounds in 24.6 minutes per game in 77 contests. Listed at 6’11″ and 217 pounds, he’s athletic enough to play several positions on the floor, and considering he’s so young, his upside is frightening.

“He’s such a skilled player,” Sanders said of his teammate in early November, via Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “He’s only just scratching the surface of how good he’s going to be. He’s just tapping into new abilities and trying on new things. He’s really learning about himself and it’s amazing to watch.”

Still, if this injury ends up being serious and costing him major time on the court, it will be a major blow to both his development and the Bucks rotation. Antetokounmpo is still raw and needs as many minutes as he can get. 

The Bucks know that. His teammates know that. NBA enthusiasts know that. More than a few folks will be hoping this injury is minor. After all, who wants to see the rise of a future star halted by a pesky injury?

 

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Milwaukee Bucks: Sanders needs to become better scorer

If Larry Sanders is to become an all-star player in the NBA, he will need to further develop his offensive game.
Sanders is an incredible athlete and great defender, but he is not much of an offensive threat. His scoring usually comes from dunks and put-back opportunities.
All-star caliber players such as Dwight Howard, DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis and Tim Duncan are all prolific scorers in the NBA are great players in every aspect of their game.
What makes a player truly elite in the NBA is their ability to dominate the game on both ends of the court. Sanders is still young and developing. At just 25 years old, he still has a lot of learning to do at the NBA level.
Sanders’ career high in points per game in a season is just 9.8. This season, he is currently averaging only 6 points per game.
The Bucks aren’t built around all-star talent. While many players have the potential to rise to that level, the team is built around team basketball and good defense. Milwaukee has many players who are great scorer

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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Brooklyn Nets 11/19/14: Video Highlights and Recap

The suddenly surging Milwaukee Bucks looked to continue their recent run of success when they took on the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night. The Bucks had won two straight and four of their last five, and they faced a reeling Nets squad that had lost four straight. 

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Brooklyn Nets: Reaction to triple-OT loss vs Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks beat the Brooklyn Nets, 122-118, in triple overtime on Wednesday night.  The Nets should realistically have lost at the end of the first extra period. The Bucks’ Brandon Knight made a great defensive play with the game tied and ended up with a fast break to the hoop as time ticked down, only to overshoot the wide open layup and give the Brooklyn Nets second life. It took ten more minutes of play for “poetic justice” (as the Nets TV crew put it) to kick in, and see Knight hit the foul shots to put the game out of reach in the waning seconds of the third extra period. It was the third win in a row for the young, up-and-coming Milwaukee Bucks, and it came the night after a home victory against the New York Knicks. On Wednesday night, it was this young squad that kept chomping at every small lead the Nets managed to maintain. And when push came to shove, when the aged, multi-mega-million-dollar Brooklyn roster began to wither with each extra passing minute, Milwaukee managed to stay fre

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Bucks’ Brandon Knight Misses Potential Game-Winning Layup, Sends Game to 2OT

Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Knight went from hero to goat in a matter of seconds against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.

With the game tied in the final seconds of the first overtime, Knight intercepted a pass by the Nets’ Joe Johnson. Knight was able to get a look at a wide-open layup, but he put a little bit too much on the ball and missed.

Check out the reaction from the Bucks’ bench:

The miss was pretty tough to believe.

The game went to double overtime tied at 105-all.

Ironically, the Bucks guard redeemed himself with a clutch shot in the second overtime. His three-pointer with 19 seconds left in the second extra period tied the game at 112-all and ultimately sent the game to triple overtime.

Luckily for Milwaukee, it was able to pull out a victory eventually. The Bucks pulled out a 122-118 victory in triple overtime. Knight finished the game with 18 points, including two big free throws in the final seconds of the third overtime.

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Milwaukee Bucks: Bench production wins games

Despite missing a key starter in center Larry Sanders, the Milwaukee Bucks’ great bench depth proved the team can compete with any team in the NBA with a win on Tuesday against the New York Knicks.
Sanders missed Tuesday’s game with a thigh bruise injury. Backup center Zaza Pachulia started in place of Sanders.
The Bucks’ bench play has kept them in many games this season, and they have also helped Milwaukee win games.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jerryd Bayless, Ersan Ilyasova and Pachulia have been some of the most effective bench players for the Bucks this season.
Giannis Antetokounmpo
After coming off the bench in every other game this season, Antetokounmpo got the start Tuesday against the Knicks. Antetokounmpo is able to use his speed and athleticism to create his own shots, and his ability to drive into the lane allows for his teammates to have open shots. Given Antetokounmpo’s size and speed, he can have a mismatch against any opponent. With his skill set and definite improvement over last season

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New York Knicks vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Live Score, Highlights and Reaction

The stumbling New York Knicks (3-8) are on the road to take on the surprising Milwaukee Bucks (5-5) Tuesday at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

It’s the first meeting between the two this season.

 

Tipoff8 p.m. ET

Coverage: Fox Sports Wisconsin

 

Keys to the Game

The Knicks need to have someone other than Carmelo Anthony perform offensively against the stalwart defense of the Bucks.

On the other end, Milwaukee needs more consistency from rookie Jabari Parker, who’s averaging 10.6 points but only shooting 42.2 percent from the field.

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Bucks hold off struggling Heat, 91-84 (Yahoo Sports)

MIAMI, FL - NOVEMBER 16: Brandon Knight #11 of the Milwaukee Bucks shoots the ball against the Miami Heat during the game on November 16, 2014 at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

MIAMI (AP) — Brandon Knight looked right at home.


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Milwaukee Bucks: Antetokounmpo striving to be next NBA superstar

At just 19 years old, Giannis Antetokounmpo has shown tremendous growth as a player in his second year in the NBA.
Jason Kidd has given Antetokounmpo the same amount of playing time as he had his rookie season, and Antetokounmpo’s points per game average has nearly doubled since last year. Antetokounmpo averaged 6.8 points per game last year in 77 games played, and through nine games this season, he is averaging 11.8 points per game.
Antetokounmpo is a unique player and he has a similar play style to LeBron James. Kidd even started Antetokounmpo at the point guard position in the preseason. While Antetokounmpo hasn’t played much point guard in the regular season, he is comfortable bring the ball up-court and leading fast-breaks. He is also one of the fastest players on the court. If Antetokounmpo can get the team in transition quick, they will be one of the best teams in fast-break points. Antetokounmpo has great ball handling skills for his size and can fit in the “point-forward” role like James.
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