Orlando at Bucks tonight - No Giannis

Giannis ruled out tonight with "right knee soreness" but should be a go for Monday. 

I'm glad they minimize him playing back to backs and clearly planned on this by resting Middleton last night, but it would suck to have bought tickets as a fan tonight and then have him as a healthy scratch. 

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This makes a lot of sense. Not only is this a back to back, it's the 4th game in 6 nights and Monday's will make it 5 games in 8 days.

With another game on Wednesday (6 games in 10 days) expect to see Bledsoe or Brogdon get some rest against the Bulls on Monday and then have everyone available against the Celtics on Wednesday. 

Been saying it since 2018. Khris Middleton is not a Max player. 

Entire team played poorly tonight. They're not THIS bad without Giannis. We've seen them win before without him. They simply didn't play with any passion tonight. Don't like seeing them flush a game at home down the toilet. Do that shit on the road not at Fiserv

They got in from Dallas last night at like 2am... these back to backs are murder on guys’ legs. 

That said, Middleton really demonstrates how dependent on GIannis he is. Him and Brogdon. Both guys should get raises, but neither guy is a legit, elite player worthy of the big investment. 

Music City posted:

They got in from Dallas last night at like 2am... these back to backs are murder on guys’ legs. 

That said, Middleton really demonstrates how dependent on GIannis he is. Him and Brogdon. Both guys should get raises, but neither guy is a legit, elite player worthy of the big investment. 

Someone will play Middleton max money. I'm betting on the Lakers if they don't get at least two of the following: Durant, Leonard, Irving, Klay, or Cousins. 

The Bucks, by this linked subjective ranking (unrestricted and restricted), have 5 of the top 25 NBA free agents this upcoming off-season, but they are all between #11 and #25. They are all contributors on a good team, but none are max guys. The problem is that will be teams with a ton of salary cap room that will strike out on the true max guys that will then have to spend money on the Middleton types. 

https://hoopshype.com/2019/02/...019-the-top-players/

Here they are the top 25 in order: Durant, Leonard, Irving, Kemba Walker, Klay Thompson, Cousins, Butler, Vucevic, Harris, Porzingis, Middleton, D. Russell, Bledsoe, Marc Gasol, Julius Randle, Al Horford, D. Jordan, Mirotic, Bogdanovic, D. Rose, Dragic, Brogdon, Redick, H. Barnes, and Brook Lopez. 

fightphoe93 posted:

I'm a season ticket holder, but I gave my ticket to my season ticket partner's dad for last night's game.  I am glad I skipped last night's game, but feel sorry for his dad who didn't get to see Giannis and probably saw the worst loss of the year.

The Bucks (or other teams with guys like LeBron) should set it up so the home fans get a discount if the star doesn't play (or a discount for a future game). They never will, but they should. 

I can afford it at this point in my life but I couldn't when I was in my early 30s. 25 years ago if I wanted to take my family to a game to see Michael Jordan it would have basically been our entertainment budget for 6 months. To take a family of 5 to a game nowadays you're probably out 400-500 dollars. 

There are kids who were probably  looking forward to last nights game for weeks and it might be the only game they see all year, and then they go and see a game like last night. The lesson is to  never buy tickets for the second game of a back to back. 

Looks like it isn't serious injury for Kyrie - but they sure blew that game vs. the Clippers last night. Blow a 28 point lead at home!?!? West still dominates the East. That's 3 West teams that have come into Boston & won since January, Warriors, Lakers & now Clippers

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