Player News - Bucks

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Giannis Antetokounmpo logged 51 minutes against the Bulls during a double-overtime 113-106 loss on Thursday, scoring 25 points with 12 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and three turnovers.

He was red hot in the beginning of the game and entered halftime with 17 points. Antetokounmpo scored just six points in Game 2 and he was extremely aggressive in this loss, but he was tightly defended for most of his shots in the second half and in OT. Looking ahead, the big question for the Greek Freak this summer will be if he can develop a jumper. Last year, we were all hoping he'd perform better at the rim to improve his efficiency and he didn't let us down, so he certainly is capable of extending his range. He's 20 years old.
Apr 23 - 11:28 PM

Khris Middleton scored 18 points on 6-of-17 from the field against the Bulls on Thursday, adding three rebounds, seven assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 49 minutes.

He hit a clutch shot late in regulation to get this to overtime. Middleton continues to be the floor spacer in the Bucks offense, which is absolutely essential with Giannis Antetokounmpo and Michael Carter-Williams yet to develop some range to their games. Even with Jabari Parker coming back next season, expect the Bucks to match all reasonable offers this summer for the restricted free agent.
Apr 23 - 11:22 PM

John Henson played 39 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday with 15 points, 14 boards, one steal and three blocks.

This was his first game with more than 30 minutes since Feb. 4, and is what his fantasy owners were hoping for all season. Henson provided a huge spark off the bench and coach Jason Kidd went with him for the final 27 minutes of this contest. He probably won't start in Game 4, but Henson may be looking at more than 30 minutes again. He'll be a risk-reward guy in daily fantasy leagues, but the reward is very attractive.
Apr 23 - 11:12 PM

Michael Carter-Williams scored 19 points on 9-of-21 from the field against the Bulls on Thursday, adding four rebounds, nine assists, two steals and four turnovers in 43 minutes.

That's a lot of shots and not a lot of points. He vowed to be more aggressive tonight, but more than half of his shots were outside of the restricted area. MCW also had a front row seat for the Derrick Rose Show and he looked extremely slow on the defensive side. Carter-Williams has finished dead last among qualifiers for effective field goal percentage in each of his two seasons. He really shouldn't be shooting the ball 20 times in a game.
Apr 23 - 11:06 PM

Zaza Pachulia will be in the starting lineup for Thursday's Game 3 against the Bulls.

Pachulia was ejected from Monday's game after picking up two technical fouls, but he was never really in any danger of being suspended for tonight's game. The Bucks will go with their usual starting lineup of Michael Carter-Williams, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Ersan Ilyasova, and Zaza in a must-win Game 3 for Milwaukee.

Jared Dudley is dealing with some foot soreness and will play against the Bulls in Game 3 on Thursday.

He's dealt with knee and back issues since the All-Star break and this foot issue has bothered him since Game 1. Dudley played 14.5 minutes per game in the first two games of the playoffs, making a combined 2-of-8 from the field. He'll likely be around that amount of playing time again.
Apr 22 - 4:52 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored just six points during a 91-82 loss to the Bulls on Monday, adding 11 rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks on 2-of-11 from the field.

The Bulls were able to keep him out of the paint and he was a little hesitant in transition. Antetokounmpo made just 4-of-13 from the field in Game 1 and he averaged just 9.8 points on 41.7 percent from the field against the Bulls in four regular season games, so his offensive struggles don't come as a surprise. He'll look to improve at home for Game 3 on Thursday.
Apr 20 - 10:47 PM

Khris Middleton scored 22 points on 8-of-20 from the field against the Bulls on Monday with six boards, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers.

He played 38 minutes tonight, which was up from just 34 in Game 1. Middleton continues to play well after his terrific post-break averages of 16.8 points, 4.4 boards, 3.1 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.6 treys in 35.3 minutes. He's earned some serious money.
Apr 20 - 10:43 PM

John Henson played 25 minutes against the Bulls on Monday with eight points, six boards, one steal and two blocks.

He was only looking at around 23 minutes tonight, but Zaza Pachulia was ejected with a few minutes left in the game. Henson did play more than Pachulia in Game 1 and he's actually played well in this series with great defense on Pau Gasol. He'll likely see minutes in the mid-20s going forward in this series.
Apr 20 - 10:37 PM

Zaza Pachulia was ejected on Monday for two technical fouls.

The first one a little excessive by the refs and second came because he got into it with Nikola Mirotic. Pachulia isn't going to be suspended for this infraction and should still start for Game 3. There will be more minutes going to John Henson the rest of the way tonight. Zaza finished with seven points, six boards, one steal and two blocks in 23 minutes.
Apr 20 - 10:22 PM

Jabari Parker (knee) said he will not play in Summer League.

He is progressing from his his ACL surgery back in December. Parker should be ready for training camp and it'll be very interesting to see how the Bucks handle Khris Middleton's upcoming free agency.
Apr 20 - 7:30 PM

Jared Dudley will play against the Bulls on Monday.

He was listed as probable, but coach Jason Kidd said he can play. Kidd also said rebounding was very important today, so maybe the Bucks won't go with a lineup of Michael Carter-Williams, Jerryd Bayless and O.J. Mayo. Dudley has very little fantasy value.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 20 - 7:12 PM

Michael Carter-Williams vowed to be more aggressive in Game 2 vs. the Bulls.

MCW shot just 4-of-13, including 1-of-4 from the free-throw line, in the Game 1 loss. "I'm looking to be more aggressive to the basket, getting into the lane and finding the open guy," Carter-Williams said. "We've got to look to move the ball better. That starts with me. Just be unselfish." One thing former Buck Brandon Jennings never lacked is confidence, something Milwaukee could use in abundance right now.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 20 - 9:36 AM

Ersan Ilyasova scored 15 points against the Bulls on Saturday during a 103-91 loss, adding three rebounds, three assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

It wasn't a bad game at all from Ilyasova and he didn't take too many contested shots. Ilyasova was really playing well on offense in April, averaging 14.3 points, 4.1 boards, 0.8 steals and 1.9 treys on 49.5 percent from the field. If he's going to get 30 minutes, he should post some nice fantasy lines.
Apr 18 - 9:54 PM

O.J. Mayo made 1-of-7 from the field for five points against the Bulls on Saturday with seven boards, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

He had some momentum coming in with three consecutive games of scoring in the teens and making 51.7 percent from the field in his eight April games. Mayo does play noticeably worse on the road and he just didn't get many clean looks tonight. He'll be a hit-and-miss player in this series and isn't someone most fantasy owners should count on.
Apr 18 - 9:49 PM


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