Another reminder: The Bucks will not trade Giannis Antetokounmpo — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

To be clear: Milwaukee is not trading Antetokounmpo even if he does not sign the super-max contract offer.

Another reminder: The Bucks will not trade Giannis Antetokounmpo — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Bucks’ George Hill receives NBA award for his positive impact on communities and social justice initiatives — 227’s YouTube Chili’ Fox News (Jamaal Al-Din TV) Spicy’ NBA Mix!

It’s what I stand for, it’s how I live and I think that’s how the world should try to see itself, to impact other people’s lives. Hill, who joined the Bucks via a trade in December 2018 and re-signed with the team in the summer of 2019, has brought his outreach mentality to Milwaukee over […]

Bucks’ George Hill receives NBA award for his positive impact on communities and social justice initiatives — 227’s YouTube Chili’ Fox News (Jamaal Al-Din TV) Spicy’ NBA Mix!

Sources: Bucks tell Giannis they’ll spend on cast — The Patriots Report

12:01 PM ET In a three-hour lunch meeting Friday in Milwaukee, Bucks co-owner and governor Marc Lasry made it clear to reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo that the franchise is willing to spend into the luxury tax to deliver him a championship supporting cast, sources told ESPN. The Bucks’ payroll will be close to the proposed […]

Sources: Bucks tell Giannis they’ll spend on cast — The Patriots Report

Report: Bucks won’t trade Giannis if he doesn’t sign extension — Portal4News

With the Milwaukee Bucks‘ season over, their focus turns to the future of Giannis Antetokounmpo. The reigning NBA MVP is eligible to sign a super-max extension with the Bucks this offseason, and multiple sources have been “adamant” that Milwaukee won’t trade Antetokounmpo if he doesn’t ink a deal, according to ESPN’s Tim Bontemps. An Antetokounmpo […]

Report: Bucks won’t trade Giannis if he doesn’t sign extension — Portal4News

With the Milwaukee Bucks‘ season over, their focus turns to the future of Giannis Antetokounmpo.

The reigning NBA MVP is eligible to sign a super-max extension with the Bucks this offseason, and multiple sources have been “adamant” that Milwaukee won’t trade Antetokounmpo if he doesn’t ink a deal, according to ESPN’s Tim Bontemps.

Giannis Antetokounmpo Says He Won’t Request Trade From Bucks

An Antetokounmpo super-max contract with the Bucks could be worth approximately $220 million – roughly $80 million more than he could get from another team as a free agent in 2021. Those figures hinge on a projected 2020-21 NBA salary cap of $109.1 million.

If the Bucks don’t re-sign the superstar or deal him prior to next season’s trade deadline, they risk losing him for nothing as an unrestricted free agent in 2021.

Reports have circulated that the Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors are considered front-runners to land Antetokounmpo if he leaves Milwaukee. Those two teams are currently forecasted to hold salary-cap space in 2021, but any trade involving Giannis would change that equation.

Antetokounmpo missed Milwaukee’s season-ending Game 5 loss to the Heat on Tuesday due to a sprained ankle.Tags:Basketball

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No Giannis, no problem: Bucks top Heat in OT, force Game 5 — The Florida Daily Post

The Milwaukee Bucks avoided a sweep by beating the Miami Heat 118-115 in overtime of Game 4.

No Giannis, no problem: Bucks top Heat in OT, force Game 5 — The Florida Daily Post

Giannis Antetokounmpo was waiting in the locker room for his teammates Sunday, standing on his bad right ankle to greet every one of them.

His day ended early.

His season isn’t over yet.

Khris Middleton scored 36 points, including a big 3-pointer with 6.4 seconds left in overtime, and the Milwaukee Bucks avoided a sweep by beating the Miami Heat 118-115 in overtime of Game 4 of the teams’ Eastern Conference semifinal series.

The Heat still lead 3-1, but the Bucks — the best team in the regular season — are still alive, even after Antetokounmpo left early in the second quarter with an aggravation of his sprained right ankle.

“Khris is very unique,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “He’s got a way about him. He wanted to play. He asked to stay in the game.”

As if there was any other option. Middleton’s season-high before Sunday was 40 minutes; he logged 48 in Game 4, taking over with Antetokounmpo watching from the locker room.

“Just keep fighting,” said Middleton, who also had eight rebounds and eight assists. “That’s all my teammates did.”

Bam Adebayo had 26 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists for Miami. Duncan Robinson scored 20 points, Jae Crowder had 18, and Goran Dragic and Jimmy Butler each finished with 17 for the Heat.

“We didn’t deserve to win that game,” Butler said.

Miami had an eight-point lead in the fourth quarter, promptly allowed the Bucks to score the next 12, and now needs to come back Tuesday in an effort to finish the series off.

“At the end of the day, we should have played like we did in Game 1, Game 2 and Game 3,” Adebayo said.

Antetokounmpo scored 19 points for the Bucks in only 11 minutes, while Brook Lopez and Eric Bledsoe each had 14 for Milwaukee. George Hill added 12 for the Bucks.

Miami managed only two points in the first 4:30 of overtime, got within one on a 3-pointer from Tyler Herro, but Middleton delivered the biggest shot of the night to make it 116-112.

Herro made another 3-pointer with 3.0 seconds left, but Middleton sealed it with a pair of free throws — and Miami coach Erik Spoelstra lauded Milwaukee’s effort afterward.

“The reality is, they deserved to win the game,” Spoelstra said. “They were doing things with more force, more consistency.”

Antetokounmpo had 19 of Milwaukee’s first 30 points, shooting 8-for-10 from the floor. But in an instant, everything changed for the Bucks.

Antetokounmpo aggravated his sprained right ankle with 10:18 left in the second quarter, rolling it inward — just as he did in Game 3 on Friday — as he tried to drive past Miami’s Andre Iguodala. He tumbled to the court, grabbing the ankle and screaming in pain.

He took the free throws; without doing that, he would not have been permitted to return. But at halftime, the Bucks delivered the word that he would not be back.

So, his game was over.

The Bucks’ season wasn’t. Milwaukee said Antetokounmpo would get plenty of treatment Sunday night and Monday before a decision is made about his availability for Tuesday.

“He’s going to be back,” Bledsoe said.

Middleton did all he could to keep the Bucks afloat, scoring 21 points in the third quarter — the highest-scoring quarter of his career — on 6 for 9 shooting from the field and 7 for 7 from the foul line. His previous quarter-best was 20, on Nov. 1, 2017, against Charlotte.

He set the tone, and the Bucks’ season is still alive.

“We’ve got to fight every night to keep on playing,” Middleton said.

Tip-ins

Bucks: Milwaukee missed 19 consecutive 3-pointers — its last 12 of Game 3 and first seven of Game 4 — before Antetokounmpo connected late in the first quarter. … Milwaukee won despite getting outscored 51-33 on 3-pointers.

Heat: Miami was looking to become the first No. 5 seed in NBA history to go 8-0 in the first two rounds of the playoffs. The Heat were the last unbeaten team in this year’s playoffs. … The Heat lost for only the fourth time in their last 17 series-closeout opportunities.

Sweep averted

The Bucks avoided becoming the first overall No. 1 seed to get swept from the playoffs since 2001 when the Los Angeles Lakers did it to top-seeded San Antonio in the Western Conference finals. Budenholzer was a Spurs assistant at that time.

Big minutes

Middleton wasn’t the only Milwaukee player to log big minutes. Lopez played 42, Bledsoe 40, and Hill 37. “We’re absolutely a family. We always have each other’s backs,” Lopez said.

Up next

Game 5 is Tuesday.

The Bucks are down 3-0 to the Heat, and that means big questions about Giannis Antetokounmpo — Aaron’s Blog

The Milwaukee bucks and their superstar forward Giannis Antetokounmpo were the Eastern Conference favorites to make the NBA Finals when the playoffs started, but last night they dropped their third straight game to the Heat and are now on the brink of elimination. Last season, the Bucks won 60 games and finish first in the […]

The Bucks are down 3-0 to the Heat, and that means big questions about Giannis Antetokounmpo — Aaron’s Blog

Jimmy Butler outscores Milwaukee in dominant fourth quarter, Miami leads series 3-0 — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Fourth-quarter scoring: Jimmy Butler 17, Milwaukee Bucks 13. Or, Giannis Antetokounmpo 4, Miami Heat 40.

Jimmy Butler outscores Milwaukee in dominant fourth quarter, Miami leads series 3-0 — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

George Hill planned to sit out solo, then other Bucks and NBA teams joined — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

George Hill – playing for the Bucks in the bubble when police shot Jacob Blake in the back seven times – said, “We shouldn’t have came to this damn place.”

George Hill planned to sit out solo, then other Bucks and NBA teams joined — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

George Hill – playing for the Bucks in the bubble when police shot Jacob Blake in the back seven times – said, “We shouldn’t have came to this damn place.”

Two days later, the entire NBA was on strike.

How did players reach that point? There was talk of players boycotting the league’s resumption at Disney World before it began. But 98% of players on continuing teams reported to the bubble. Of players who chose not to play, none cited social justice as their primary reason.

Did so many players really change their position on playing? Not exactly.

It took only one.

Hill decided to sit out Bucks-Magic Game 5.

Tim Bontemps of ESPN:

Hill said that, outside of a conversation with Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer before the game, no one on his team was aware of what he was going to do until they found out he was inactive about 20 minutes before tipoff.

“I didn’t want to put that pressure on my teammates,” Hill said. “I didn’t want them to have to make that decision unless they wanted to. So as a teammate, I didn’t take it to them. That may be a little bit my fault on my part to not take it to them. But I didn’t want them to make a decision out of pressure, and because we have a good relationship.

“So before the game, guys were trying to figure out why I wasn’t playing. And we spoke about it. Sterling [Brown] spoke about it and wanted to stay in with us. And it was a trickle effect; every guy in our locker room stood by my side and said, ‘If my brother isn’t playing, then we aren’t playing.’ And we made that decision.

The “trickle effect” continued from there.

The Bucks reportedly intended only to forfeit Game 5 – not prompt an NBA-wide strike. But players on other teams didn’t know Milwaukee’s plan and followed in not playing. Suddenly, the entire league was on strike.

Incredible!

NBA players have too often prioritized unity, which has led to everyone rallying around the least-offensive gestures. But Hill didn’t wait to see whether everyone else agreed. He did what he thought was best for him. And one he made that leap, everyone followed.

The Bucks drew major attention to their specific demands – justice for Jacob Blake and the Wisconsin State Legislature addressing police accountability, police brutality and criminal-justice reform.

The league-wide strike was less-traditionally effective. Players agreed to play before meeting with owners. Players agreed to play before tangible gains were announced. That’s a consequence of players mostly not looking to strike in the first place.

But Hill wanted what could be described as part-mental-health day, part protest. Sterling Brown has his own personal connection to police violence. The Bucks also have excellent camaraderie.

Everything went into motion.

Though the larger strike’s direct gains have been limited, it made a loud statement on social justice. It echoed as teams and athletes in other sports sat out. And there’s seemingly no direct downside. Presumably, because NBA games were postponed rather than canceled, players won’t have their salaries reduced.

This was significant. And it can all be traced back to George Hill.

Bucks bounce back, beat Magic 111-96 in Game 2 to tie series — WJMN – UPMatters.com

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks still haven’t figured out how to slow down Nikola Vucevic. They did shut down his Orlando Magic teammates well enough to tie the Eastern Conference first-round series. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 28 points and 20 rebounds and Milwaukee rode a fast start to beat the Magic 111-96 […]

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Giannis ejected, Bucks beat Wizards 126-113 — VOICE OF THE HWY

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Brook Lopez scored 24 points and Milwaukee beat the Washington Wizards 126-113 on Tuesday night after Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo was ejected in the second quarter for headbutting Moritz Wagner. Wagner took a charge from Antetokounmpo, who didn’t like the call in what had become a physical game early on. During a break in the action with Milwaukee challenging […]

Giannis ejected, Bucks beat Wizards 126-113 — VOICE OF THE HWY

Woz Blog: Thomas and Boucher show they can help in a playoff pinch — Toronto Sun

Since the best player in the NBA didn’t suit up for Raptors-Bucks and neither did many of Toronto’s key performers, I don’t have a ton to say about the game. Read More

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Bench Raps step up with regulars taking breather in win over Bucks — Toronto Sun

The Raptors always want to win regardless of the scenario, but winning these last three seeding games isn’t really the priority. Read More

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