Game 75: 03/30/18 Bucks at Lakers GAME THREAD

Game 75: 03/30/18 Bucks at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby KobeMVP888 » Fri Mar 30, 2018 6:35 am

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Friday, March 30, 2018, 7:30 PM PDT
Staples Center • Los Angeles, CA

Referees: Ed Malloy (#14), Courtney Kirkland (#61), Leroy Richardson (#20)

Replay Center: Derrick Collins, Gediminas Petraitis, CJ Washington

Line: OFF

Local TV: Spectrum SportsNet

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GAME PREVIEW: BUCKS AT LAKERS


by NBA.com

Only seven games remain for the Milwaukee Bucks, but there is still plenty of time to improve their playoff positioning.

Milwaukee can move into a tie for seventh in the Eastern Conference with a win against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night at Staples Center.

The Bucks (40-35) defeated the short-handed Golden State Warriors 116-107 on Thursday night to remain a half-game back of the Miami Heat (41-35), who won earlier Thursday against the visiting Chicago Bulls and hosts the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday.

Milwaukee, which last won a playoff series since the 2000-01 season, can also pull within a half-game within the sixth-place Washington Wizards (41-34).

Milwaukee shot 55.2 percent and Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 32 points in Thursday's win.

The Warriors were without their All Star starting backcourt of Stephen Curry (ankle) and Klay Thompson (thumb) and defending NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant was ejected in the second quarter in his first game back after missing six games with a fractured rib.

Although his team beat a short-handed opponent, Bucks coach Joe Prunty was pleased with Milwaukee's performance coming off a 105-98 loss Tuesday against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center.

"A win on the road anytime in the NBA is huge," Prunty told reporters before taking the flight back south to L.A. "The guys that step out on the floor, you know they're going to be disciplined for what they're supposed to do. You know that they're going to continue to execute, you know they're going to continue to try and defend. We had to play very well (Thursday) night and I thought we did a good job of that. We played very well for long stretches of time."

The Lakers (33-41) have also had key players come and go of late because of injuries and have dropped five of their last seven games.

Los Angeles co-leading scorer Brandon Ingram (16.2) returned from a 12-game absence because of a groin injury and played 23 minutes Wednesday night in a 103-93 win against the visiting Dallas Mavericks, but the Lakers watched rookie point guard Lonzo Ball hobble off with a left knee contusion late in the third quarter.

Ball, who missed 15 consecutive games from mid-January until late-February with a sprained MCL in the same knee, is listed as questionable against the Bucks.

Lakers coach Luke Walton told reporters after practice Thursday that he was optimistic with Ball's recovery.

"He was in the training room getting treatment this morning, so he feels better," Walton said.

Ball became the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double when he had 17 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds in a 98-90 loss in Milwaukee on Nov. 11.

Los Angeles rookie guard Josh Hart is also listed as questionable after missing the past 14 games following hand surgery. Hart went through a full practice Thursday and appears to have a much better chance of taking the floor against Milwaukee than Ball.

Los Angeles announced Thursday that guard Isaiah Thomas would miss the remainder of the season. He underwent arthroscopic surgery on his hip Thursday after missing the past three games with soreness. His recovery time is expected to be about four months.

Julius Randle is the only player Laker to appear in all 74 games this season, and the power forward seems to be getting stronger. He has recorded at least 20 points and nine rebounds in nine straight games, joining Shaquille O'Neal and Pau Gasol as the only players in franchise history to also have such a streak.


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Re: Game 75: 03/30/18 Bucks at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby KobeMVP888 » Fri Mar 30, 2018 11:31 am





I'm representing. At least they played for quite awhile with Ingram at the lead guard position and Hart at small forward. Hopefully they go back to that starting lineup as it was effective.
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Re: Game 75: 03/30/18 Bucks at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby lakerevolution » Fri Mar 30, 2018 5:01 pm

Fantastic stat on Randle and a reason to PAY DA MAN!
Have fun Kenny!
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Re: Game 75: 03/30/18 Bucks at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby Moos » Fri Mar 30, 2018 8:10 pm

Bucks lead the league in points off turnovers .... hard matchup without Lonzo. Hang in there fellas!!!
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Re: Game 75: 03/30/18 Bucks at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby Julius Russell » Fri Mar 30, 2018 8:21 pm

Sucks that the young guys keep missing each other
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Re: Game 75: 03/30/18 Bucks at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby Moos » Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:23 pm

Antetokounmpo shot more free throw attempts than the whole Laker team!!!
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Re: Game 75: 03/30/18 Bucks at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby Julius Russell » Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:28 pm

Caruso and Zubac
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Re: Game 75: 03/30/18 Bucks at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby Moos » Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:44 pm

[quote="Julius Russell"]Caruso and Zubac

I think they'll likely be fine NBA bench players.
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Re: Game 75: 03/30/18 Bucks at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby Moos » Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:57 pm

Surprised OT...
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Re: Game 75: 03/30/18 Bucks at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby Moos » Fri Mar 30, 2018 10:39 pm

We gave it a good hard push. :kingclaphands:
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Re: Game 75: 03/30/18 Bucks at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby 3Peatkb24 » Sat Mar 31, 2018 12:30 am

33-42 on the season now. Only 7 games to go. We have been involved in a lot of close games this season, I am hoping next season we can close out these type of games. There is a fine line between winning and losing. When you win the close one's like Indy has = 11-1 in games decided by 3 points or you lose the close one's like we have several times this season, that is the difference in making the Playoffs and sitting at home. I use Indy as an example because they have a closer in Dipo, we don't. Having said all of that, if we have a successful offseason we will be a Playoff team next season or right on the cusp of it. Our growing pains should be ready to turn into winning. Successful offseason to me would be - Re-sign Randle, Sign PG to go with Ingram, Kuzma, and Lonzo for a main core. Put PG with those guys our record would probably reversed at 42-33. Currently the 7th and 8th Seeds in the West are 43-33.
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Re: Game 75: 03/30/18 Bucks at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby KobeMVP888 » Sat Mar 31, 2018 10:00 am

Man, a stinker that brought out our evolving identity! It was one of the worst officiated games of the season. Inconsistent throughout. No calls on obvious fouls. Calls on ticky tacks. Really throws a game out of whack.

HAVING SAID THAT, it was a blast to be at this one. Ivica Zubac, Channing Frye, Kyle Kuzma, Alex Caruso and Tyler Ennis erasing a 20 point lead?!! Hellloooo!! What the fuck was THAT? And what were the Bucks doing leaving The Jet out on the floor? Whatever, they got the W because fucking Eric Bledsoe played out of his mind in OT. Julius should have gathered himself and pump faked before that horrible effort at the rim. Kuzma rushed his three and I don't understand why Luke didn't call a timeout to set up a play with 17 seconds left. In the scheme of things, the loss didn't matter, but the continued growth did. I also think that Ed Malloy should have let KCP let off some steam after a no-call when he got whacked in the face. Give hime the T and let him chirp a bit; don't toss him! Asshole refs wreck games sometimes.
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