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Giannis Antetokounmpo says focus not on extension with Milwaukee Bucks

There’s a multimillion-dollar question looming over the NBA that only Giannis Antetokounmpo has the answer to.

However, the Bucks superstar didn’t put to bed any speculation on his long-term future in Milwaukee on Wednesday, instead saying that he will put faith in his agent and the team’s front office to reach a potential supermax contract extension.

“I’m not focused on that,” Antetokounmpo stated. “I know my agent, Alex [Saratsis], and [Bucks general manager] Jon Horst and the Bucks ownership are focusing on those discussions, but I’m just trying to focus on myself — how I can get better, how I can help my teammates get better, how can we be ready Saturday to play our first preseason game?”

Antetokounmpo has until Dec. 21 to sign a five-year, $228 million supermax extension.

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On Wednesday, he wouldn’t go into the details of his process, though he admitted that “it’s probably one of the big decisions that I’m gonna make.”

He could play out the season in Milwaukee and enter free agency as an unrestricted free agent next summer, or he could sign the same deal with the Bucks next offseason.

One thing is for sure: His communication with his agent will stay private.

“I think about everything,” he said. “I think about Milwaukee. I think about my teammates. I think about my family. I think about what’s the best decision for me, but that’s pretty much it. Then, after that, I realize that I’ve got so far because I’ve focused on how I can improve every single day.

“I love the city of Milwaukee. I love the organization. I love my family to death. I love winning, but at the end of the day, I wouldn’t be in this situation if I wasn’t working hard, I wasn’t winning games, I wasn’t improving every day and I didn’t have this mentality”.

Milwaukee was eliminated by the Miami Heat in five matches in the Eastern Conference semifinals in the NBA bubble in Orlando, Florida. This campaign, Antetokounmpo won’t put any additional pressure on himself or the team.

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Bucks avoid sweep despite losing Giannis to sprained ankle

The Milwaukee Bucks staved off elimination on Sunday, defeating the Miami Heat 118-115 in overtime despite losing superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo to a right ankle sprain in the second quarter.

After being fouled by Heat forward Andre Iguodala on a drive into the paint at the 10:18 mark of the second quarter of Game 4 of this Eastern Conference semifinal series, Antetokounmpo went down in a heap, yelling out in pain and clutching at his right ankle. He had to be helped off the court but later walked back on to split a pair of free throws.

Antetokounmpo then instantly checked out of the game and walked under his own power to Milwaukee’s locker room. He wouldn’t be seen again, as the Bucks ruled out their superstar forward at halftime, when they were clinging to a 50-48 lead.

“He’ll get treatment through the night, and we’ll just see how he does in the next 24 (to) 48 hours,” stated Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer after the game.

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In an inspired effort led by Khris Middleton, the Bucks managed to hold on after losing the reigning MVP to avoid a 4-0 sweep.

Middleton’s 21 points in the third quarter were the most by a Bucks player in any quarter of a playoff game since Tim Thomas’ 19 in 1996-97.

He ended with 36 points, 8 assists and 8 rebounds in 48 minutes — including a clutch 3-pointer with 6.9 seconds left in overtime against a Miami double-team.

As Bucks players entered the locker room, Antetokounmpo was there to congratulate them on the latest triumph, but it’s still uncertain if he’ll be able to return for Game 5 on Tuesday.

The Bucks are the first team to win in overtime when facing elimination since the Heat in Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals versus the San Antonio Spurs.

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Bucks hold off Timberwolves

The Milwaukee Bucks were happy to get another victory though they know they didn’t play up to their standards.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 32 points and 17 rebounds, and the Bucks held off a strong challenge from short-handed Minnesota in a 106-104 victory over the Timberwolves on Wednesday night.

“Not paying our best but still finding a way to win is good,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “But this isn’t the formula.”

Antetokounmpo got his 30th double-double in 33 games this campaign and Khris Middleton added 13 points despite shooting 5 for 18 as league-best Milwaukee hit just 42.6% of its shots overall and only 9 of 36 from 3-point range. Brook Lopez scored 11 points and Eric Bledsoe had 10.

“We missed a lot of good shots and came out a little slow,” Middleton said.

Shabazz Napier had 22 points to lead Minnesota, and Gorgui Deng scored 15, Josh Okogie added 12 and Jarret Culver 10.

Minnesota was playing without its two best players as Karl-Anthony Towns and Jeff Teague sat with knee injuries.

The Timberwolves were also missing Treveon Graham and Andrew Wiggins, who were battling flu-like symptoms.

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“That presented a lot of opportunities for a lot of guys and I thought a lot of guys stepped up,” Napier said.

Milwaukee slumped out of the gate. The Bucks had just four points through the first six minutes and didn’t take a lead until Lopez converted a three-point play to make it 31-29 with 8:41 left in the second quarter.

They went into halftime with a 52-51 lead despite shooting 34% from the floor. Minnesota connected at a 41.7% clip but made only 3 of 14 3-pointers while the Bucks knocked down 8 of 26 from beyond the arc.

The Timberwolves mounted one last challenge in the closing minute as Dieng hit the first of two free throws to make it 1006-104 with 46.2 seconds left. Robert Covington grabbed Pat Connaughton’s missed layup, giving Minnesota the ball with 21 seconds left but after the Timberwolves used their last timeout, Dieng missed a 19-footer with 3 seconds remaining.

“We were hoping to get Shabazz on a quick catch and go or we liked going for a win with (Covington) getting to the corner,” Minnesota coach Ryan Saunders said. “There is a reason they are arguably the best defense team in the league too, they blew it up.”

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Milwaukee Bucks at Chicago Bulls

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It’s an Eastern Conference match-up as the Chicago Bulls host the Milwaukee Bucks at the United Center as the regular season of the National Basketball Association continues.

The game is on January 5, 2016 at 8:00 PM ET.

This is only the first meeting between the two squads and they are set to clash four times in the regular season so this first game should be interesting as they will be able to gauge how they rank against each other.

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The Bucks were going for a third straight win last night, but instead got run off the court by the Spurs in a 123-98 beatdown. All five starters finished in double figures, with Khris Middleton scored 19 points, Michael Carter-Williams added 16 points and Greg Monroe chipping in with 15, but the Bucks just couldn’t find a way to slow down the Spurs who shot 54 percent from the field to finish with a season high in total points. With the loss, Milwaukee falls to 14-22 on the season overall and 9-7 at home.

The Bulls have won five of their last six and will be aiming for a fifth straight win after sneaking past the Raptors in a 115-113 thriller on Sunday. Nikola Mirotic had 17 points while Pau Gasol added 19 points, 13 rebounds and six assists, but this win was all about Jimmy Butler who poured in a record 40 points in the second half after scoring just two points in the first half. With the win, Chicago improves to 20-12 on the season and 6-7 on the road. Derrick Rose was once again absent from the starting lineup as he deals with his right hamstring injury.

  1. Butler also had one steal against Toronto to extend his streak of consecutive games with at least one theft to 40.
  2. Bucks C John Henson is 16-of-22 from the floor during his last five games.
  3. Rose averaged 19 points and a team-high 6.5 assists in the six-game playoff series against Milwaukee.

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Milwaukee Bucks at Los Angeles Clippers

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Milwaukee Bucks (10-15) at Los Angeles Clippers (15-10)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -10.5

The Los Angeles Clippers are trending upward and look for their ninth victory in 11 games when they host the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.

The Clippers have moved up to fourth place in the Western Conference due to the hot stretch and have also won seven consecutive home games against the Bucks.

Los Angeles completed a 4-1 road trip with a 105-103 overtime victory over the Detroit Pistons on Monday as backup shooting guard Jamal Crawford delivered the tiebreaking 3-pointer. “I thought both our coaching staff and the guys on the floor made a lot of cerebral calls and a lot of cerebral plays down the stretch,” shooting guard J.J. Redick told reporters. “First of all, it was resolve and secondly it was really, really strong execution. It’s very promising. It was a very promising win.” Milwaukee is struggling on the road this season and lost their 10th straight away game when they fell 113-95 to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday in the opener of a four-game road trip.

The outcome was disappointing for the Bucks as it came in their first game since ending Golden State’s historic 24-0 start Saturday in Milwaukee.

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The Bucks have lost three of their last four and were embarrassed last night in a 113-95 loss to the lowly Lakers. Michael Carter-Williams led the scoring with 19 points, Khris Middleton added 16 points while Giannis Antetokounmpo had 15, but the Bucks just got manhandled by the Lakers who simply looked like the hungrier team. Greg Monroe was a late scratch for the Bucks after he bumped knees with a teammate at shootaround so he isn’t a certainty for tonight’s game

The Clippers have won eight of their last 10 overall and will be going for a third straight after sneaking past the Pistons in a 105-103 overtime win on Monday. Blake Griffin had a massive game of 34 points on 15 of 30 shooting, JJ Redick added 24 points while Jamal Crawford had 14 points and the game-winning three. With the win, Los Angeles improves to 15-10 on the season and 6-5 on the road.

In ATS trends, the Clippers are 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 home games and 1-3-3 ATS in their last seven games overall.

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