Two-time league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo had 50 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks, as the Milwaukee Bucks rallied from a seven-point deficit early after half-time to surge back ahead of a spirited but inefficient Phoenix Suns effort. Clinching their first NBA title for 50 years with a raucous Game 6 home atmosphere to savour, Mike Budenholzer’s men did it the hard way.
As reported by The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Milwaukee Bucks agreed a four-year maximum contract extension with star guard Jrue Holiday worth up to $160m – a move tying up their core trio up for multiple seasons, hoping to finally get over the hump in the postseason.
In a season where multiple players have staked their claim for Giannis Antetokounmpo’s MVP crown, the power forward produced a dominant showing to reinforce the notion that he’s quietly improving with less of the spotlight on Milwaukee after consecutive playoff disappointments, while the focus is centred around other contenders across both conferences.
Two NBA match previews as the Milwaukee Bucks (9-5) look to respond after a heartbreaking defeat against the Brooklyn Nets as they host the defending champion Lakers (11-4), while Stan Van Gundy’s New Orleans Pelicans (5-8) hope to avoid successive defeats against a resurgent Utah Jazz team (10-4) after a sluggish start to the regular season. Who will come out on top? Continue reading
If you had told even the most optimistic Miami Heat supporter that they would be 48 minutes away from a second-round sweep of the Milwaukee Bucks, they probably would have laughed at you incredulously. But after a stunning series so far, that’s where we are in one half of a compelling Eastern Conference semi-finals this summer. Continue reading
After news broke this weekend that the race for NBA’s regular-season individual awards were officially over, the MVP conversation returned. Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer said that Giannis Antetokounmpo has done “more than enough” to secure back-to-back accolades, while Lakers HC Frank Vogel disagrees. Continue reading