Bucks crush Hawks to tie Eastern Conference finals, 1-1 — Daily Bulletin

Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 25 points, Jrue Holiday adds 22 and Trae Young struggles (15 points, nine turnovers) for Atlanta, as the Bucks cruise to a 125-91 Game 2 victory. Game 3 is Sunday.

Bucks crush Hawks to tie Eastern Conference finals, 1-1 — Daily Bulletin

Young scores 48 points, Hawks beat Bucks 116-113 in Game 1 — Sentinel and Enterprise

By STEVE MEGARGEE MILWAUKEE (AP) — Trae Young remains as poised as ever in hostile environments in his first postseason. Young scored 48 points, Clint Capela converted a go-ahead putback with 29.8 seconds left and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Milwaukee Bucks 116-113 on Wednesday night to open the Eastern Conference finals. 752 more words

Young scores 48 points, Hawks beat Bucks 116-113 in Game 1 — Sentinel and Enterprise

Rose leads Knicks’ dramatic second-half comeback to beat Hawks, even series — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

It was the Knicks’ first playoff win since 2013.

Rose leads Knicks’ dramatic second-half comeback to beat Hawks, even series — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Hawks’ Trae Young silences Knicks fans with game-winner in Game 1 — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Madison Square Garden buzzed as the Knicks played their first playoff game in eight years.

Hawks’ Trae Young silences Knicks fans with game-winner in Game 1 — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Warriors’ defense continues to slip in loss to Hawks — East Bay Times

For the Warriors, what was once a bona fide top-10 defense hasn’t looked like it in a while, including in Friday night’s 124-108 loss to the Atlanta Hawks at Chase Center. Although forward Draymond Green returned from a one-game absence due to illness, the Warriors (22-24) offered little resistance at the point of attack or…

Warriors’ defense continues to slip in loss to Hawks — East Bay Times

RAPTORS-HAWKS PREGAME NOTES

INJURY REPORT
OG Anunoby (Health and Safety Protocols) – Out
Terence Davis ll (Left Ankle; Sprain) – Questionable
Malachi Flynn (Health and Safety Protocols) – Out
Patrick McCaw (Health and Safety Protocols) – Out
Pascal Siakam (Health and Safety Protocols) – Out
Fred VanVleet (Health and Safety Protocols) – Out

RAPTORS NOTES
• The Toronto Raptors begin their second half schedule Thursday night when they host the Atlanta Hawks at Amalie Arena. The Raptors have won four in a row against the Hawks at home. Thursday will mark the second of three meetings with Atlanta this season. Trae Young had 28 points and 13 assists as the Hawks held off Toronto 132-121 in Atlanta on Feb. 6. The Hawks will also visit Tampa on Apr. 13.
Kyle Lowry needs just five points to pass Chris Bosh (10,275) for second on the Raptors’ all-time scoring list. DeMar DeRozan is the franchise leader with 13,296 career points. Lowry is Toronto’s all-time leader in assists (4,143), steals (862), three-point field goals (1,470) and wins (361), ranks second in games played (584) and third in rebounds (2,867).
Kyle Lowry tied the franchise record with a career-high 19 assists March 4 at Boston. Lowry is the third Raptor to record 19 assists in a single game, joining Damon Stoudamire and Jose Calderon (twice).
Chris Boucher scored a career-high 30 points (11-15 FG, 5-9 3PT, 3-4 FT) in 35 minutes off the bench March 4 at Boston. Boucher is the first Raptors reserve since Terence Davis on Feb. 2, 2020 vs. Chicago
to score 30+ points. Boucher (61 3PT, 69 BLK) is the only player in the NBA with 50+ three-point field goals and 50+ blocks this season. He is currently averaging career highs of 13.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.9
blocks and 23.6 minutes and was the only Raptor to appear in all 36 games in the first half.
• The Raptors will be without Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet and OG Anunoby, three of their top five scorers, and reserves Malachi Flynn and Patrick McCaw for the third straight game Thursday vs. Atlanta because of the NBA’s health and safety protocols. Siakam also missed Toronto’s game Feb. 26 against
Houston due to health and safety protocols. Terence Davis is questionable after sustaining a left ankle sprain late in the fourth quarter Mar. 4 at Boston.
• Head Coach Nick Nurse is expected to return to the bench against the Hawks after missing the previous three games because of the NBA’s health and safety protocols. Assistant coach Sergio Scariolo had been serving as the acting head coach. Scariolo rejoined the team Feb. 26 vs. Houston after coaching Spain in
FIBA’s EuroBasket 2022 qualifiers in Poland.
• The Raptors announced Wednesday they have signed forward-centre Henry Ellenson to a 10-day contract. Ellenson averaged a team-high 21.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 30.6 minutes in 15 games with Raptors 905 in the G League bubble. He scored 20+ points seven times and recorded five double-doubles.
• Vinik Sports Group and the Raptors have announced they will welcome a limited number of fans, with a capacity of 3,800, back to Amalie Arena for games starting on March 19 when Toronto faces Utah.

RAPTORS-HAWKS PREGAME NOTES

INJURY REPORT 1:30 P.M.

TOR@ATL Atlanta Hawks Bogdanovic, Bogdan Out Injury/Illness – Right Knee; Avulsion Fracture
Dunn, Kris Out Injury/Illness – Right Ankle; Surgery
Huerter, Kevin Probable Injury/Illness – Left Ankle; Soreness
Hunter, De’Andre Out Injury/Illness – Right Knee; Discomfort
Okongwu, Onyeka Questionable Injury/Illness – Left Achilles; Soreness
Young, Trae Questionable Injury/Illness – Right Calf; Contusion
Toronto Raptors Anunoby, OG Out Injury/Illness – Left Calf; Strain
Flynn, Malachi Out G League – On Assignment
Harris, Jalen Out G League – Two-Way
McCaw, Patrick Out Injury/Illness – Left Knee; Surgery – rehabilitation

RAPTORS NOTES
• The Toronto Raptors play the second game of a back-to-back set (Feb. 5-6) Saturday night against the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena. The Raptors have won 10 in a row over the Hawks, including the last six meetings in Atlanta. Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet averaged 25.3 and 21.3 points, respectively,
in three victories vs. the Hawks last season. Saturday marks Toronto’s lone game with Atlanta during the first half of the season. The Raptors will host Atlanta twice in the second half. The Raptors are 0-2 in the second game of a back-to-back this season.
Pascal Siakam scored a season-high 33 points (12-23 FG, 9-10 FT) last night at Brooklyn. Siakam has now scored 30 or more points in three of the last four games (Jan. 29 – Feb. 5). He is averaging 26.8 points, while shooting .506 (39-77) from the field and .853 (29-34) at the free throw during this stretch. Siakam scored 30+ points once in his first 15 games.
The Raptors have won a season high-tying three straight games (Jan. 31 – Feb. 5). Over the last three games, Toronto is averaging 120.3 points and shooting .481 (130-270) from the floor. The Raptors have a +15 steal differential (32-to-17) and forced 46 opponent turnovers during the winning streak.
Kyle Lowry scored a season-high 30 points (12-18 FG, 6-9 3PT) yesterday against the Nets. Lowry needs 13 rebounds to pass Amir Johnson (2,836) for fourth on the franchise’s career rebounds list and is 16
away from passing Antonio Davis (2,839) for third. Lowry already ranks first in Raptors history in assists (4,073) and third in scoring (10.092). Only three active players are inside the top-three all-time for a team in scoring, rebounds and assists, but none of those players are currently with that team; LeBron James (Cleveland), Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City) and Marc Gasol (Memphis).
• The Raptors continue a six-game road trip (Jan. 31 – Feb. 11) – their longest in the first half – Saturday at Atlanta. Toronto is on the road for 11 days as Super Bowl LV festivities take over the Tampa area. The Raptors will play 10-of-15 games on the road in the month of February. Toronto visits the Hawks having
won consecutive road games (Feb. 2-5) for the first time this season.
• Toronto scored a season-best 64 points in the paint Friday at Brooklyn. The Raptors have now scored 50 or more points in the paint in three of their last four games (Jan. 29 – Feb. 5), averaging 52.0 points during
this span. Toronto currently ranks 26th in the NBA averaging 41.5 points in the paint this season.
Fred VanVleet scored a franchise record 54 points (17-23 FG, 11-14 3PT, 9-9 FT) Feb. 2 at Orlando, surpassing the previous record of 52 set by DeMar DeRozan on Jan. 1, 2018 vs. Milwaukee (OT). FVanVleet became just the fourth player in Raptors history to record a 50-point game, joining Vince Carter
(51 – Feb. 27, 2000 vs. Phoenix, Terrence Ross (51 – Ja. 25, 2014 vs. L.A. Clippers) and DeRozan.

LeBron James’ exchange with courtside fans in Atlanta draws attention, concern for COVID-19 protocols — Orange County Register

LeBron James misses the days when chopping up with a courtside fan was a harmless pastime. He was drawn into one such interaction on Monday night, which resulted in four attendees at State Farm Arena being ejected from the arena. The television broadcast captured images of one of the fans pulling down her mask to…

LeBron James’ exchange with courtside fans in Atlanta draws attention, concern for COVID-19 protocols — Orange County Register