Bucks’ game against Minnesota moved up to afternoon tip — WFRV Local 5 – Green Bay, Appleton

(WFRV) – The Bucks will get an early start to their Wednesday after the NBA announced their game against the Minnesota Timberwolves was being moved to an afternoon start. The official start time for Wednesday’s game at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn. is set for 3:30 p.m. There will be no fans in attendance […]

Bucks’ game against Minnesota moved up to afternoon tip — WFRV Local 5 – Green Bay, Appleton

Steph Curry scores 41 as Warriors rally to get much-needed win over Bucks — Chico Enterprise-Record

The corners of Steve Kerr’s smile could be seen from behind his facemask as he high-fived players walking off after the final buzzer. Stephen Curry scored 41 and the Warriors came back from 12 points down to beat the Milwaukee Bucks, 122-121, Wednesday night at Chase Center and snap a three-game losing streak. With MVP-candidate…

Steph Curry scores 41 as Warriors rally to get much-needed win over Bucks — Chico Enterprise-Record

Antetokounmpo scores 38 as Bucks outlast Pelicans 129-125 — The China Post, Taiwan

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 38 points, Khris Middleton added 31 and the Milwaukee Bucks outlasted the New Orleans Pelicans 129-125 on Thursday night. It was the fourth straight win for the Bucks, who finished their first half of the season in third place in the Eastern Conference. Zion Williamson scored 34 points and […]

Antetokounmpo scores 38 as Bucks outlast Pelicans 129-125 — The China Post, Taiwan

RAPTORS-BUCKS PREGAME NOTES

INJURY REPORT AT 1:30 P.M. TUESDAY

TOR@MIL Milwaukee Bucks Diakite, Mamadi Out G League – Two-Way
Holiday, Jrue Out Health and Safety Protocols
Merrill, Sam Out G League – On Assignment
Nwora, Jordan Out Injury/Illness – Left Ankle; Sprain
Toronto Raptors Anunoby, OG Doubtful Injury/Illness – Left Calf; Strained
Flynn, Malachi Out G League – On Assignment
Harris, Jalen Out G League – On Assignment
McCaw, Patrick Out Injury/Illness – Left Knee; Surgery – Rehabilitation
Watanabe, Yuta Doubtful Injury/Illness – Left Ankle; Sprained.

RAPTORS NOTES
• The Toronto Raptors begin a three-game road trip (Feb. 16-19) Tuesday night against the Milwaukee Bucks at Fiserv Forum. The Raptors will face the Bucks in Milwaukee again Thursday, before visiting Minnesota on Friday. This marks Toronto’s fourth ‘series’ of the season where a team scheduled to play twice
in one market, has those games scheduled to be played consecutively. The Raptors are 4-2 in ‘series’ games, which includes a two-game sweep over Charlotte (H) and splits with both Miami (H) and Indiana (A). Toronto also swept consecutive games with Orlando, however it was a home-and-away set.
Kyle Lowry led all scorers with 24 points (6-12 FG, 2-4 3PT, 10-12 FT) in a season-high 40 minutes Feb. 14 vs. Minnesota. Lowry has now scored 21+ points in three straight games (Feb. 10-14). He is averaging 23.0 points, shooting .585 (24-41) from the field and 50 percent (8-16) from three-point distance, during this stretch. Lowry also set highs in free throws made and attempted against the Timberwolves.
Kyle Lowry is tied with Amir Johnson (2,836) for fourth on the franchise’s career rebounds list and is four away from passing Antonio Davis (2,839) for third. Lowry ranks first in Raptors history in assists (4,094) and third in scoring (10,174). 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).
Fred VanVleet (19.9) and Chris Boucher (13.6) rank second and third, respectively, in scoring among Undrafted players this season – behind only Christian Wood (22.2). VanVleet’s franchise record 54 points
Feb. 2 at Orlando was the most points scored by an undrafted player in NBA history, while Boucher leads all reserves in the NBA this season with seven double-doubles off the bench.
• The Raptors rank second in the NBA averaging 20.5 points off turnovers and are tied for third in fast-break points per game (15.6). Kyle Lowry is averaging 3.8 fast-break points this season (seventh in the NBA).
Fred VanVleet is shooting .906 (87-96) at the free throw line. The only player in franchise history to shoot 90 percent from the foul line in a season (min. 100 FTA) is Jose Calderon who shot .908 (109-120) at the stripe in 2007-08 and set the NBA single-season record shooting .981 (151-154) in 2008-09.
• OG Anunoby
has missed the last 10 games (Jan. 27 – Feb. 14) due to a strained left calf. Prior to the injury, Anunoby had scored 10+ points in a career-high nine straight games (Jan. 10-25). He averaged 16.8 points, shooting .577 (30-52) from three-point range, during this streak.
• The Raptors have announced they will finish the 2020-21 season in Tampa, Florida. Because of ongoing border restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic and mindful of public safety measures in Canada, the team has decided they will continue to play their home games at Amalie Arena. Toronto will play 19 games
at home in the second half of the season.

BUCK SHOTS

• After a season-long six-game road trip, the Bucks return to Fiserv Forum for a season-long eight game homestand that spans 15 days and starts with two games against the Raptors tonight and Thursday. This is tied of the second-longest homestand in Bucks history and is the longest since the 2002-03 season (also 8 games).
• The Bucks defeated the Raptors, 115-108, in their first meeting of the season back on Jan. 27 in Tampa. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 24 points, a season-high-tying 18 rebounds and nine assists. Milwaukee has now won seven of its last nine regular season games over Toronto and would clinch its third consecutive season series victory with a win tonight or Thursday.
• In the Bucks final game of their road trip on Sunday against the Thunder, Antetokounmpo tallied his fourth triple-double of the season with 24 points, 17 rebounds, 10 assists, three steals and three blocks. Across the NBA, this was the first time a player’s had a triple-double with at least three blocks and three steals since Jan. 3 of last season (B. Simmons, 29 pts/13 rebs/11 asts/4 blks/3 stls).
• On the six-game road trip, Antetokounmpo averaged 31.2 points, which included scoring a season-high 47 points at Phoenix last Wednesday, 12.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.2 steals per game. He’s now 7th in the NBA in scoring (28.0 ppg) and tied for 5th in rebounding (11.5 rpg) this season.
Bobby Portis added a season-high-tying 21 points (9-14, 2-3 3FG) off the bench for the Bucks on Sunday, marking his fourth 20-point game of the season (had 6 in 2019-20). Portis, who is averaging 11.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, is now shooting a career-high 55.2% from the field this season and a career-high 47.5% from three (7th in the NBA).


Nuggets’ third quarter woes persist in home loss to Bucks — The Denver Post

New opponent. Same problem. The Nuggets’ third-quarter curse continues. On Monday, in a 125-112 loss to the Bucks, it was yet another second-half letdown that ultimately flipped momentum inside Ball Arena. The Nuggets led the majority of the first two quarters before getting outscored 34-26 in the third frame. The Nuggets (12-13), riding a three-game…

Nuggets’ third quarter woes persist in home loss to Bucks — The Denver Post

RAPTORS-BUCKS: pregame notes

Injury Report: 01/27/21 01:30 PM

MIL@TOR Toronto Raptors Anunoby, OG Questionable Injury/Illness – Left Calf; Strain
McCaw, Patrick Out Injury/Illness – Left Knee; Surgery – rehabilitation
Siakam, Pascal Questionable Injury/Illness – Left Knee; Swelling.

RAPTOR NOTES
• The Toronto Raptors will host the Milwaukee Bucks at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Wednesday night. This is the first of three meetings between the Raptors and Bucks during the first half of the 2020-21 season. The two teams will meet again Feb. 16-18 at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, which is also Toronto’s next mini-series.
• Toronto defeated Milwaukee 114-106 on August 10 at the NBA Restart in Orlando but have lost the season-series to Milwaukee the past two seasons. Overall the Raptors are 17-7 (.708) against the Bucks since 2013-14 and defeated Milwaukee twice in the playoffs – first round (2017) and the Eastern Conference Finals (2019).
• Toronto is tied for third in the Eastern Conference over the last 10 games (Jan. 8-25) with a 6-4 record. Boston (7-3) and Milwaukee (7-3) are the only teams ahead. Toronto played an equal five games at home and on the road
during this stretch, including two sets of back-to-backs and a pair of mini-series.
LAST 10 GAMES – EASTERN CONFERENCE
Team W-L FG% 3FG% REB AST PTS OPP FG% OPP 3FG% OPP PTS
Boston 7-3 .476 .389 46.3 23.6 114.9 .452 .370 109.3
Milwaukee 7-3 .492 .365 47.3 26.8 117.4 .454 .401 111.3
Toronto 6-4 .449 .400 43.4 25.8 112.7 .455 .356 107.8
Brooklyn 6-4 .499 .403 43.9 27.0 118.5 .476 .358 118.8

Kyle Lowry needs two points to join DeMar DeRozan (13,296) and Chris Bosh (10,275) as the only players in franchise history to score 10,000 career points. Golden State’s Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, Portland’s Damian Lillard, Washington’s Bradley Beal and Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo are the only active players with 10,000 points with their current team. Lowry is Toronto’s all-time leader in three-pointer made (1,425), assists
(4,032) and steals (842).
Norman Powell has scored 20+ points in three consecutive games (Jan. 22-25), including 24 points Jan. 25 at Indiana. Over the last three games, Powell is averaging a team-high 22.3 points, while shooting .455 (25-55) from
the field, .318 (7-22) from three-point range and .769 (10-13) at the free throw line. The last time Powell had a streak of three or more games with 20+ points was Feb. 28- Mar. 8, 2020 during career-high streak of five games.
OG Anunoby has scored at least 10 points in a career-long nine consecutive games (Jan. 10-25). Anunoby scored a season-high 30 points during Toronto’s Jan. 24 win at Indiana and is averaging 16.8 points during this
stretch. He is also shooting .515 (53-103) from the field, .577 (30-52) from three-point range and .833 (15-18) at the free throw line.
• INJURY UPDATE: Pascal Siakam has missed two games (Jan. 24-25) with a swollen left knee. The injury occurred Jan. 22 vs. Miami, however, he remained in the game and finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Patrick McCaw has not played this season following surgery on his left during the summer. OG Anunoby is questionable with a left calf strain.

BUCK SHOTS

• The Bucks are beginning a three-game road trip tonight as they take on the Toronto Raptors in Tampa. After tonight’s game, Milwaukee will finish the road trip with a back-to-back against the Pelicans and Hornets on Friday and Saturday.
• The Bucks got back in the win column, and improved to 10-6 on the season, with a 129-115 win over the Hawks at Fiserv Forum on Sunday, which marked Milwaukee’s eighth win of the season by 10 or more points. The Bucks are currently second in the NBA in points per game differential this season at 9.1 ppg.
• In Sunday’s win, Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 27 points, a season-high 14 rebounds and eight assists. Antetokounmpo also passed Bucks great Marques Johnson (10,980) for sixth on the Bucks all-time scoring list and became the sixth Buck to join the
11,000-point club (now at 11,007 career points).
Bobby Portis scored a season-high 21 points (9-16 FG) against the Hawks on Sunday, marking his second 20-point game of the season and his 11th game scoring in double figures. Portis, who is averaging 11.1 points and 7.9 rebounds per game this season, is also shooting a career-high 54% from the field and a career-high 42% from three.
Brook Lopez extended his season-long streak of scoring in double figures to four games after posting 12 points on Sunday vs. Atlanta. In this four-game stretch, Lopez is averaging 12.8 points per game (on 46% shooting) after averaging 9.2 points per game (on 42% shooting) in his first 12 games of the season.
• In Sunday’s win, the Bucks shot 54.9% as a team, marking their NBA-high eighth game of the season shooting 50% or better. Milwaukee enters tonight’s game not only leading the league in FG% at 49%, but also in scoring (120.1 ppg) and offensive rating (117.9

Watch LeBron score season high 34, lead Lakers past Bucks 113-106 — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

The Lakers shot 19 of 37 from 3-point range, with James going 6 of 10 and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope making 7 of 10

Watch LeBron score season high 34, lead Lakers past Bucks 113-106 — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Report: Bucks felt double-crossed in Bogdan Bogdanovic situation with Kings — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Bogdanovic: “It’s not the part that you were traded (that bothered him), but it’s more like you feel a little be-traded.”

Report: Bucks felt double-crossed in Bogdan Bogdanovic situation with Kings — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Watch Milwaukee set record with 29 threes in game, beat Heat 144-97 — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

“Some nights, the basketball gods are with you a little bit,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said.

Watch Milwaukee set record with 29 threes in game, beat Heat 144-97 — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports