If you thought Brandon Jennings would retract his “win in 6″ prediction after the Bucks went down 0-2 in their first-round series against the Heat, you were wrong. The Milwaukee point guard is as confident as ever, saying his team has showed a lot of improvement throughout the series and they’ll still win the series in six games but it “might take a little longer.”
In his first game against his former team since they traded him in February, Tobias Harris had an impressive outing, posting 30 points (13-20), 19 rebounds, 5 assists and a potential game-winning four-point play.
Down 95-93 with 5.2 seconds left, Tobias Harris received the inbounds pass and drained a desperation three-pointer with 1.9 seconds. Marquis Daniels made the mistake of fouling him on the three-point attempt to make it a potential four-point play. Harris missed the free throw to win the game and forced overtime where Orlando was able to pull it out, beating the Bucks 113-103. Also of note: In the waning seconds, the game already decided, Harris threw-down an uncontested dunk – an unwritten no-no in the NBA. Harris apologized postgame and insisted it was nothing personal against his former team.
Dwight Howard wasn’t the only player Bango, the Bucks inflatable mascot, tried to scare during the Lakers’ recent trip to Milwaukee. Bango gave his best shot at frightening Monta Ellis, J.J. Redick and a few other Bucks players before attempting to give it a go on the Black Mamba, which apparently can’t be done. The Lakers equipment manager was another story. The poor guy just didn’t see it coming.
Like Knicks’ Steve Novak and Carmelo Anthony, former Magic teammates, J.J. Redick and Jason Richardson held an NCAA tournament bet. Without naming the specifics of the bet, loser was to rep the other’s alma mater and post it on Twitter. Richardson was the obvious loser when he posted a photo of himself wearing a Duke sweatshirt, sweatpants and hat with the caption “A Spartan always pay his/her debt!” which prompted retweets and laughs from Redick. After his public humiliation, Richardson, the former Michigan State Spartan, posted one last photo of the clothes on fire, adding “But I bleed GREEN! Time to go wash this nasty blue off.”
For the second time in three days a ref has taken been on the receiving end of a unintentional blow from a player. Boozer caught ref, Dan Crawford with a celebratory punch almost below the belt, and on Tuesday, Bill Kennedy caught an inadvertent elbow from Bucks center Larry Sanders. After tossing up the jump ball to start the game, Kennedy hit the deck after Sanders’ elbow struck his face. Sanders showed concern, walking over and checking on Kennedy, who was able to stay in the game. Sanders went on to post a career-high 24 points and 13 rebounds in a 131-102 win over the Bobcats.
Bucks’ Larry Sanders was called for an offensive foul late in the fourth quarter of Thursday’s game against the Wizards and did not agree with the call. He was quickly ejected after receiving two technicals fouls for arguing with the refs, but wouldn’t leave without an appropriate sendoff. The league’s leading shot blocker sarcastically gave a thumbs up to each referee before heading to the locker room.
DeMarcus Cousins earned his league-leading fourth ejection of the season during the Kings’ 115-113 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks Sunday night. DeMarcus Cousins and Mike Dunleavy Jr. got into it after their knees inadvertantly connected fighting for rebounding position on a Marcus Thornton drive. Cousins took it personal letting Dunleavy know and the two were assessed double technicals. On the very next play, Cousins took matters into his own hands, elbowing the Bucks’ forward in the back of the head which was ruled a Flagrant 2 foul, an immediate ejection. He left the game with 24 points and 10 rebounds in 28 minutes.
Monta Ellis was awarded NBA Player of the Week Monday after averaging 24 points, 4 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 steals per game, and it looks like the Milwaukee guard is already making a case for this week. Aside from posting 34 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steals while leading his team to a 109-108 overtime win vs the Jazz, Ellis pulled off an incredible 360 reverse layup.
Good thing the NBA waited until a day after the trade deadline to release this new Laverne & Shirley themed BIG commercial featuring the Bucks starting backcourt of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis – both of whom were tossed around in trade scenarios. It’s a fun commercial, definitely worth a watch: