A battle of the last two unbeaten teams in basketball will commence tonight at the FIserv Forum when the Milwaukee Bucks take on the visiting Toronto Raptors. Who would’ve thought that the Bucks would have a meaningful game in October? The NBA is truly the best.
The Milwaukee Bucks won their 6th game in a row on Saturday versus the Orlando Magic 113-91. However, Giannis Antetokounmpo was injured in the process after he took a nasty elbow to the chops from Magic forward Aaron Gordon (boo that man!!!).
Giannis said he blacked out after taking elbow to head. Doesn’t remember much from game but said all tests for concussions were OK and he was allowed back out in fourth.— Ben Steele (@BenSteeleMJS) October 28, 2018
The fact that the Greek Freak still managed to finish 21 points on 9-12 shooting is pretty remarkable. Seriously, do we need more proof that Giannis was secretly made in a laboratory? Antetokounmpo is listed as questionable for tonight’s game, but we should fully expect him to suit up for this one.
It appears that Giannis’ injury was more severe than some of us thought, as he’s been placed in the concussion protocol and won’t be able to go tonight against the Raptors. With all the discussion about concussions in the NFL, it’s better to air on the side of caution with Giannis. The fact Toronto is also holding Kawhi out for rest makes it a bummer we can’t see these two rangy titans go at it, but their long-term health takes precedence.
Giannis Antetokounmpo has been placed in NBA’s concussion protocol and will not play tonight against Toronto.— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) October 29, 2018
Player to Watch: Khris Middleton
He’s gotten off to a fantastic start to the season, but Middleton struggles against the Toronto Raptors. For his career, he’s averaging 13.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game while shooting 45.9% from the field and 40% from three in 17 career matchups. He really struggled when former Raptor DeMar DeRozan was on the floor. Hopefully a DDR-less Toronto team is what he needs to get it going against them.
Like the Milwaukee Bucks, the Toronto Raptors come into today’s game blazing hot. They currently have the the 4th best ORtg in the nba (115.7) and they have the 11th ranked DRtg (105.5). With new head coach Nick Nurse at the helm, the Toronto Raptors have really made outside shooting a priority this season. They’re 12th in the NBA in three-point frequency, and rank 8th in three’s made per game. The Raps have a ton of shooters who can light it up from deep and not to mention they also acquired Kawhi Leonard, too. Buckle up.
Looks like the Raptors won’t be at full strength tonight. What a bummer.
Toronto is resting Kawhi Leonard for tonight's game against the Milwaukee Bucks.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 29, 2018
Player to Watch: Danny Green
While the Raptors are enjoying a great season from both point guard Kyle Lowry and Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green has quietly put together another solid season. He’s averaging 11.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1 steal, and 1.2 blocks per game all while shooting a pearly 45% from deep. He’s actually shooting better from three than from the field (44%). Did I mention that he’s also one of the premiere perimeter defenders in basketball? Danny Green is a guy you want on your team.
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