Playoff opener Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at Toronto

by Steven Clarke April 15, 2017, 5:34
Playoff opener Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at Toronto

The Milwaukee Bucks snapped a three game losing streak, riding a balanced scoring attack to a 92-74 win over the Denver Nuggets Monday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. "For us to come back from where we were to be able to solidify a playoff position, it's huge for this organization and going forward". Even the victory over the Sixers wasn't entirely satisfying because they struggled to beat a bad team that was starting mostly second-stringers.

Antetokounmpo fed Middleton for a 3-pointer with 54 seconds left, giving him his 10th assist of the night.

But Milwaukee gave up seven more points off miscues and the Hornets shot 47 percent and led by five after three.

"Their defense was really good in the fourth", Clifford said.

The 6-foot-11 Milwaukee Bucks unicorn rose to ridiculous heights to swat Charlotte Hornets guard Brian Roberts' attempted layup with 5:51 left to play in the first quarter.

The Raptors outscored the Bucks in the fourth quarter in three of their four meetings this season, and the fourth quarter was even in the fourth meeting.

Middleton finished with 15 points and joined the 3-point barrage with a 4-of-5 outing from the behind the arc. They have a tough couple of games coming up, so if the Hornets want to salvage something positive, they'll need to play their best.

(Unless Milwaukee is going to, ahem, buck the trend and go all-in with their rookies in the playoffs - a risky venture.) They also have the evil genius Jason Kidd (remember him?) as their coach. He averaged 14.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game in 49 starts for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League this season.

"The shooting was great". Check in with us every morning as we recap anything you might have missed from us at Behind the Buck Pass on the previous day, as well as a selection of the best and most interesting pieces from elsewhere. "Well, this is the first step", Terry said. Brogdon looked a little rusty, though the rookie got valuable playing time as he prepares for his first postseason.

Jason Kidd said before the Philadelphia game that tonight could see the return of Malcolm Brogdon and John Henson to the lineup. Totals 35-77 3-5 89. "That group shoots together and it looks like they were at practice shooting together today".

Giannis Antetokounmpo is still learning about the concept of "winning time", but fortunately for the Milwaukee Bucks' young star in the making, he has the ideal teacher in veteran Jason Terry.

Jeremy Lamb had 12 points for Charlotte. Former University of Wisconsin athlete Frank Kaminsky went 1-for-12 from the field for three points in 21 minutes off the bench for the Hornets.

Hornets: Wrap up the regular season on Tuesday at Atlanta. The Raptors had barely a handful of games at the end of the regular season to work on the chemistry between their top two players, DeRozan and Lowry, and their two biggest in-season acquisitions, Ibaka and Tucker.

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