Giannis Antetokounmpo to miss pair of games

The Milwaukee Bucks have announced that All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo will miss the next two games with right knee soreness. Those two games come on Saturday night in Philadelphia and Monday night at home against the Phoenix Suns.

Milwaukee will also be missing guard Malcolm Brogdon Saturday night in Philadelphia. He’s away from the team dealing with a personal matter. Brogdon is expected to be back in the lineup Monday night according to Milwaukee head coach Jason Kidd.

Guard Tony Snell and forward Thon Maker are expected to start in place of Brogdon and Antetokounmpo on Saturday night in Philadelphia.

Antetokounmpo did also miss the December 23 game against Charlotte with soreness in his right knee. Milwaukee lost that game 111-106 despite a 31 points from forward Khris Middleton.

Antetokounmpo is expected to return to action on Friday, January 26, when the Brooklyn Nets visit Milwaukee.

On the season Antetokounmpo is averaging 28.2 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game. He was named to his second consecutive All-Star team earlier this week by the NBA.

Bucks officially acquire the draft rights to Sterling Brown

The Milwaukee Bucks have officially acquired the draft rights to Sterling Brown from the Philadelphia 76ers for cash. The trade was reported the night of the NBA draft, but wasn’t made official by the league until this afternoon. Brown was selected 46th overall by the 76ers in the second round of this years NBA draft. This was two spots ahead of the Bucks second round pick (Sindarius Thornwell), which they sent to the Clippers for cash.

Sterling Brown is the brother to former NBA player Shannon Brown. Brown stands 6’6″ and weighs 225 pounds. He played four seasons at SMU and played in a program record 136 games. Brown averaged 13.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 3 assists per game. He also led the American Athletic Conference in three point shooting, shooting 44.9% from three point range. Brown was selected to the All-AAC Second Team.

Brown has been called a taller, longer Malcolm Brogdon. He hasn’t mastered any single skill, but doesn’t have any particular weakness in his game. Brown doesn’t jump out as explosive at first glance, but according to some scouts is a very athletic and lanky guard.

The Bucks are hoping to get Brown on their Summer  League roster as soon as possible. The Bucks Summer League schedule stats tomorrow, Friday, July 7th, against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Other Bucks participating in Summer League competition are Thon Maker, Rashad Vaughn, former Wisconsin basketball player Bronson Koenig, and the Bucks first round pick D.J. Wilson.

Bucks fall to Sixers 116-94

The Milwaukee Bucks dropped their second consecutive game on Saturday night, 116-94 on the road in Philadelphia. Milwaukee was without forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and guard Malcolm Brogdon in the loss. Antetokounmpo missed the game due to right knee soreness and Brogdon was away from the team while dealing with a personal matter. The Bucks also […]

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Giannis Antetokounmpo to miss pair of games

The Milwaukee Bucks have announced that All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo will miss the next two games with right knee soreness. Those two games come on Saturday night in Philadelphia and Monday night at home against the Phoenix Suns. Milwaukee will also be missing guard Malcolm Brogdon Saturday night in Philadelphia. He’s away from the team […]

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Giannis named All-Star starter for second straight year

He won’t get to choose his teammates, but Giannis Antetokounmpo is an NBA All-Star for a second year in a row. The final voting numbers were released Thursday, and the Greek Freak finished No. 2 in fan voting, a little more than 100,000 votes behind Cleveland’s LeBron James. It means James will be the captain […]

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Milwaukee Bucks need to ‘Own the Present’

The Milwaukee Bucks have been using the ‘Own the Future’ slogan since the 2014-15 season. That was the second season in the NBA for forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, the first for oft-injured forward Jabari Parker, and the first with coach Jason Kidd at the helm. Milwaukee was coming off of a 15-win season the year before. […]

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Last shots: Heat 106, Bucks 101

MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee Bucks lost to the Miami Heat for the second time in four days on Wednesday night by a final score of 106-101. Eighteen last shots for the 18 minutes played by Milwaukee guard Matthew Dellavedova on Wednesday night. 1. The Bucks continue to struggle to find consistency. On Monday afternoon, they […]

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Report: FA guard Derrick Rose meeting with the Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks could be in the market for some help at point guard.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday morning that the team is hosting free agent guard Derrick Rose, most recently of the New York Knicks. Milwaukee is already over the salary cap, and would need to shed contracts to sign a high-priced player such as Rose, according to Wojnarowski.

Named the 2011 NBA MVP while with Chicago, Rose played in just 49 games the next three years due to knee injuries and was eventually traded last summer to the Knicks. He averaged 18.0 points, 4.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game, as New York struggled to a 31-51 record.

Rose is originally from Chicago and could be looking to get back to the Midwest.

The Bucks used a combination of Malcolm Brogdon and Matthew Dellavedova at point guard a year ago, though Giannis Antetokounmpo served as the primary ball handler and led the team in assists.

Clutch Brogdon gives Bucks 103-100 win over Celtics

BOSTON — The Milwaukee Bucks held off a Boston Celtics rally for a 103-100 win thanks to six key points down the stretch from rookie Malcolm Brogdon.

Brogdon finished the game with 16 points and nine rebounds, but none bigger than the contested shot he converted with just seconds remaining to seal the win for Milwaukee.

”Tonight the ball was in my hands at the end of the game,” Brogdon said. ”It takes a lot of character and will to win more than anything to have it in a rookie’s hands at the end of the game.”

Brogdon’s confidence is one of the reasons his play has put him in the conversation for Rookie of the Year. The 26-year-old Virginia product is averaging 10.3 points per game and shooting nearly 46 percent on the season.

Giannis Antetokounmpo added 22 points and nine rebounds, while Khris Middleton poured in 19 points. The win keeps Milwaukee in a tie with Atlanta for the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference standings with seven games to go. The Bucks have a two-game cushion in the playoff hunt and have won five of their last six, including the last four on the road.

Milwaukee returns home for a pair of games this weekend against the Pistons and Mavericks.

Bucks can’t overcome second quarter run in loss to Warriors

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Golden State Warriors outscored the Milwaukee Bucks 36-15 in the second quarter to win the game 117-92.

Steph Curry paced the Warriors with 28 points, including eight three-pointers, while Klay Thompson followed that up with 21 points. As a team, the Warriors held a distinct advantage when it came to perimeter shooting, converting on 12-of-23 attempts (52.2 percent), while Milwaukee was just 9-of-27 (33.3 percent).

But the Bucks were tasked with playing from behind for much of the game, despite leading 17-5 in the game’s opening minutes. It didn’t help Milwaukee’s case that Golden State hoarded all the missed shots. The Warriors dominated the glass with 44 rebounds, compared to the Bucks’ 35.

It was the fourth game of a six-game road trip for the Bucks, who were led by Malcolm Brogdon’s 18 points. They’re now 2-2 over that stretch while trying to hold on to the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

”No excuses but we were fatigued,” Brogdon said. ”If your second game on a back-to-back is one of the best teams, it’s going to be tough. Fatigue definitely plays a factor but it’s not the reason we lost.”

The Bucks have Sunday and Monday off before returning Tuesday night to visit the Portland Trailblazers.

Bucks finally tame Raptors, 101-94

MILWAUKEE — With Toronto Raptors star Kyle Lowry sidelined after wrist surgery, the Milwaukee Bucks ended a seven-game losing streak to the Raptors by a score of 101-94.

Khris Middleton led the Bucks in scoring with a season-high 24 points, doing so playing in back-to-back games for the first time since returning from his torn hamstring that caused him to miss the first 50 games of the season. Giannis Antetokounmpo added 21 points, Malcolm Brogdon poured in 17, and Spencer Hawes provided 16 off the bench.

It was the first game action Hawes saw for Milwaukee since being traded from Charlotte last month. He played 17 minutes, adding eight rebounds and an assist.

”I’ve been fortunate to be in this league a long time now,” Hawes said. ”That experience kind of teaches you ups, downs, staying ready, being professional when your number’s called.”

Milwaukee used a 41-23 scoring advantage in the second quarter to take the lead for good, also out-rebounding Toronto 42-36. The transition points and bench scoring made up for the Bucks’ inability to convert from three-point range (22.2 percent, 6-27). Milwaukee was also able to hold DeMar DeRozan to single-digit scoring for the majority of the contest. He finished with 11 points on 5-of-13 shooting in 31 minutes of action.

Bucks fall to Cavs for third straight time in season series

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks gave Khris Middleton the night off, while LeBron James returned from strep throat to give the Cleveland Cavaliers a 102-95 victory at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

It was an uncharacteristic performance from Bucks All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo, who logged just nine points on 4-of-13 shooting. Rookie Malcolm Brogdon led Milwaukee with 20 points and five assists off the bench.

The Cavaliers are 0-4 this season when James misses a game, including a 117-99 home loss to the Chicago Bulls on Saturday.  But although James wasn’t feeling 100 percent, his 24 points in a team-high 37 minutes helped carry Cleveland past Milwaukee, which was coming off a home win Sunday afternoon over the Phoenix Suns. The Bucks are now 4-7 this season in road finales in back-to-backs.

In the first half, Bucks forward Michael Beasley suffered a left knee injury, initially called a sprain. He wasn’t able to return to the game and was seen on crutches later on in the night.

”We’ll see how he is,” Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. ”Hopefully it’s not bad where he can get back because he’s playing at a very high level for us.”

The Bucks were out-rebounded 45-33, but were given plenty of chances in the form of 16 Cavalier turnovers. Milwaukee hosts Denver on Wednesday night.

Bucks’ Antetokounmpo leads East with 30 in losing effort

NEW ORLEANS — The Eastern Conference All Stars fell to the Western Conference All Stars 192-182 Sunday night, but were led by 30 points from Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo.

“Yeah, it was amazing. The experience was unbelievable,” Antetokounmpo said of his first All-Star experience. “I enjoyed; I hope all the fans enjoyed as much as I enjoyed.”

Antetokounmpo added six rebounds and three steals in the always offensive-minded All-Star Game. New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis took home MVP honors with a record 52-point performance for the West. Antetokounmpo joked that if he had played more than 22 minutes, he would have earned the award over Davis.

“I was this close to being an MVP but coach kicked me out, so no.”

Bucks rookie Malcolm Brogdon took part in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night, logging three points, four rebounds, and five assists. That contest featured the league’s top first and second-year players.

Milwaukee remains off for the All Star Break until Friday when they host the Utah Jazz.