Barkley agrees with me. Who agrees with whatever pretzel position you are going to come up with?
Post game TNT analysis was spot on. Barkley pointed out that Giannis dropped the ball b/c he was rushing to avoid getting fouled. This was after Kenny arguing the difference in the game was Durant could close at the line & by making shots whereas the Bucks needed the ball in someone other than Giannis' hands. More than anything else that's the Bucks fatal flaw, in close games their best player can't reliably create crunch time buckets and now is unreliable at the stripe.
I think the series goes 7, but if either of the next two games are one possession in the final minute its an uphill battle for the Bucks.
Yeah I saw that too, they were 100% right that the Bucks should have been up +20 at half time. Then played way too much 1-on-1 in second half although sometimes this was to correctly attack Blake Griffin (who they played off the court) and Harden.They added a wrinkle in that other stars that struggle from the line often have a second top player that can be the free throw shooter at the end of the game. The Bucks have that player in Holiday and Middleton. I don't think this is the team's biggest issue.
Barkley held his fire when he said "we don't like to talk about firing people", but they were all basically bashing Budenholzer without bashing Budenholzer. The offense grinds to a halt in big games, and the defense is not as good as it should be with this talent. It is too bad that Kidd was such an abrasive personality, because he would be so much tougher mentally than Budenholzer in a series like this. Budenholzer has 1 or 2 games left in his Bucks coaching career, and then the team has to let him go. They should probably let the GM Jon Horst go too. The team has gotten worse as the salary cap situation has also gotten worse.
Milwaukee is a small market that has one of the most dynamic players of the last 20 years. Their window to be more than playoff fodder is small and closing. They have to do something.
Moreso than ever before. The two true title contenders out each lost one of their top 2 & its a battle of attrition between remaining squads trying to keep their top 2-3 healthy
Conley has missed the whole series for Utah as well. Jeff Green and Ibaka aren't on the same level as the other guys mentioned but are also high impact role players that have missed time.Moreso than ever before. The two true title contenders out each lost one of their top 2 & its a battle of attrition between remaining squads trying to keep their top 2-3 healthy
OUT Lakers - AD
OUT Denver - Murray
Philly - Embid on watch
BKLN - Kyrie & Harden
Clips - Kawhi out could mean they are done
Utah - Mitchell on watch
PHX - CP3 always on watch, currently add Covid complications
Bucks - lost 4th or 5th best player, might have a better chance if their coach gets hurt
Um, it wasn't behind the scenes. They missed the playoffs, didn't play defense all year (ranked bottom quarter) and it took wayyy too long for Van Gundy to give the ball to Zion yet still often ended games with 46% shooting Brandon Ingram thinking he was the man instead of +60% shooting Zion. That said had they kept Holliday they'd probably at least make the play-in game & VG still would have the job.I'm surprised that Van Gundy is out in NO after a single season, especially since he unlocked Zion as a playmaker. Wonder what happened behind the scenes.
Um, it wasn't behind the scenes. They missed the playoffs, didn't play defense all year (ranked bottom quarter) and it took wayyy too long for Van Gundy to give the ball to Zion yet still often ended games with 46% shooting Brandon Ingram thinking he was the man instead of +60% shooting Zion. That said had they kept Holliday they'd probably at least make the play-in game & VG still would have the job.
They finished 1 whole game better in record and had no longer a rookie Zion for 37 more games.It's the NBA, it's rare that coaches get fired after a single season. They got worse (lost Jrue) and finished with a better record and Van Gundy got nice improvement out of Zion.
Yeah, it was a debacle. They were 10 games under 500 & Van Gundy never looked any less lost than he was during similar 'has the game passed me by' debacle with Pistons, he's bound for the broadcast booth.They finished 1 whole game better in record and had no longer a rookie Zion for 37 more games.
FIFYPhilly - Embid (on watch- partially torn meniscus), Green (out- 2 weeks)
BKLN - Kyrie (out-sprained ankle)
Clips - Kawhi (out- sprained acl), Ibaka (out- back surgery)
Utah - Conley (out- hamstring)
PHX - CP3 (out- Covid protocols)
Hawks- Hunter (out)
Bucks - Divincenzo (out)
Are we sure about Giannis? Are we sure? He continues to show he is a low BBQ player who is a freak of nature that doesn't bode well to his long term success when it comes to winning championships. Why are you guarding Joe Harris when KD is going off? Why are you taking fadeaways on Harden? We know that Coach Bud has single digit brain cells but what his Giannis excuse?