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    Milwaukee Bucks Game Thread: New York Knicks vs Milwaukee Bucks 7:30 pm 1/4/2017 [Game#35]





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    Injury Report

    Milwaukee Bucks New York Knicks
    Matthew Dellavedova - Right hamstring strain (OUT) Kristaps Porzingis - Sore left Achilles (DOUBT)
    Khris Middleton - Post-surgery, left hamstring (OUT) -
    Rashad Vaughn - Left ankle sprain (OUT) -
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    NEW YORK -- The defensively challenged New York Knicks will face a tough test when the Milwaukee Bucks pay a visit to Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.

    The Knicks (16-18) have lost five straight in which they have allowed over 100 points in each game. They have the fifth-worst defensive rating in the league. Opponents are shooting 45 percent against New York, including .354 percent from beyond the arc.

    The Knicks have lost 10 games by 11 points or more.

    Adding to their worries, New York could be without second-year forward Kristaps Porzingis, whose status is uncertain due to an Achilles injury that has kept him out of the past two games.

    In the Knicks' 115-103 loss at home to Orlando on Monday, the Magic tied their season high with 15 made 3-pointers. Three players scored at least 20 points and Nikola Vucevic and Elfrid Payton came off the bench to record their 17th and third double-doubles, respectively, this season. Vucevic scored 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and Payton contributed 13 points and a career high-tying 14 assists.

    "We have to find someone to play defense," Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said. "We have to have better pride. When you give a team three or four straight 3-pointers right off the start, you give them hope.

    "We didn't have enough fight to let them (Orlando) even take the shots. We might be good enough defensively. We might have to figure out ways to trap. Some of it is closeouts. Our guys were scrambling and we didn't get out to them."

    The Bucks (17-16) feature the league's top offense when it comes to points in the paint and a rising star in 23-year-old shooting guard Giannis Antetokounmpo.

    Antetokounmpo recorded his seventh straight game with 20-plus points, five-plus rebounds and five-plus assists in Milwaukee's 98-94 win over Oklahoma City on Monday. He finished the game with 26 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.

    His current streak is now the second-longest in franchise history (Kareen Abdul-Jabbar, 13 from Nov. 11-Dec. 6, 1972). Antetokounmpo also extended his career-best streak of games with 20-plus points to 12 and tallied his 15th double-double.

    "You look at what he does on a consistent basis, that's what stars are measured on," Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. "Giannis isn't just about scoring the ball. He's able to make plays -- he makes winning plays -- and that's what stars do in this league. So for what he's done here, from the beginning of the season, you can see his confidence is growing."

    Like his team, New York's leading scorer, Carmelo Anthony, is also in a slump. In the five-game losing streak, Anthony is shooting just .361 percent from the floor. He has contributed only two double-doubles this season, compared to 22 last season.

    "We have to get back to the gym, back to the basics and try to find some practice time," Anthony said as a possible solution to the team's defensive struggles. "We have to go back to the drawing board and get some reps up."

    The two squads meet again on Friday in Milwaukee.

    (cbssports.com)

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    Thanks for the nice Game Thread Rady .... Its time for a Knicks home win after our previous home loss to a 16-20 Orlando Magic team.
    The Bucks are on a 2 gm winning streak plus won 6 of their last 10 gms.
    The Bucks star player Giannis Antetokounmpo n Parker are on a roll shooting 53% and 50% FG percentage.
    Coach Jason Kidd 17-16 record has the Bucks running a great uptempo offense and playing a tight defense this season.

    Coach Horn might put Lance Thomas in the starter lineup again .. bad decision! we won 2 gms out of last 10 gms.
    Lance Thomas performance and talent this season has dropped tremendously down to the point of being the 15th man in a rotation .. just poor poor poor.
    Coach Horn offensive system has been individual ISO-ball with 80% of the shots being taking from the perimeter.
    Coach Horn defensive system is so poor n weak im ready to call the National-Guards as early as the 2nd quarter.
    Has coach Horn lost touch with the starter lineup? Because our starter lineup players loss 98% of our games this season.

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    This is the NBA so anything can happen but w/o KP I think the Bucks run over the Knicks at MSG.

    I posted back when they had the 5th seed that they were lucky to be above .500 having a -2 negative pt. differential and it caught up with them. They worked on defense the last practice but I think Horn had it right I don't think they're good enough. I hope the practice solved their problems and they prove me wrong but I think PJ has to make some moves here to address the problem.
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    Porzingis out for tonight's game.

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    Tonight just watch if we get any help defense in the paint, when guys get beat off the dribble.

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    Kuz with a 3 pointer from the corner


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    Default Game Thread: New York Knicks vs Milwaukee Bucks 7:30 pm 1/4/2016 [Game#35]

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    Kuz already with 11 points, love the hustle he puts in the paint, I hope we keep him


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    Just found the game on the radio I'm close to MIL pull it out Knicks

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    Replay gonna screw us 8.4 left up by 1

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    Beaten by a buzzer beater um um um 16 point comeback

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    Just heard the radio call sounded like a long fade away from the top of key Yannis is special but Knicks perimeter defense is awful as always...losing streak at 6

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    Checking into tix will try to make it up to MIL for Friday's game

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    Like I always saw.... the Knicks play 82 road games. It's really amazing, even vs MIL the refs give almost every 50/50 call to the Bucks. Did they change the rule to 5 seconds in the paint? The last possession when refs took ball away from NY was classic. What can you do?

    31-12 FT disparity.... 13-2 FT disparity in the 4th Q....

    I don't think Rose scored in the 4th.... Melo
    might've had 2 buckets but had none the final 4 minutes.

    knicks had a 14 point lead to start 4th and lost it quickly. Still, NY had the ball, up 1, with 8 seconds left.... no timeout.... inbounds goes to Rose, MIL slaps it off his leg.... called NY ball.... overturned. MIL sinks a buzzer beater.

    2-9 last 11 and now we've seen a win turn into a loss b/c of a bad Rose turnover....

    this was a classic case of MIL young legs taking it to the older, ailing NYK.

    same record as last year now....
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    Heartbreaker!!!! The boys played their asses off but the refs decided this at the end, Mafra can tell you if all those freebies took at the end were fair. They also went cold at the end at the worst time not making a bucket in the last 2 mins. but I thought we iced it when CLee got possession in the last 9 seconds.

    Got to put this game behind us and take the positives out of it, they played hard and showed pride narrowly losing without KP in the lineup.

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