MILWAUKEE (AP) — The silver lining to the back injury that sidelined Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez for most of the season is that it made him fresher for the playoffs.
The 7-footer is healthy now and eager to help the Bucks defend their title.
Chicago Bulls (46-36, sixth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (51-31, third in the Eastern Conference)
Milwaukee; Sunday, 6:30 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Bucks -10; over/under is 229.5
DETROIT (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 30 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists to help the Milwaukee Bucks rout the Detroit Pistons 131-101 on Friday night.
“I knew I had to be aggressive and play downhill tonight,” Antetokounmpo said.
CHICAGO (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo didn't dominate the way he usually does.
That didn't stop the Bucks from clinching yet another division championship and making it look easy in the process.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo and three other regular Milwaukee Bucks starters won’t be available for their Friday night game with the Los Angeles Clippers.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo says the absence of Brook Lopez for much of the season has caused the Milwaukee Bucks to appreciate the 7-foot veteran on a whole new level.
“We took him for granted for a lot of years,” the two-time MVP said.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 25 points and 17 rebounds in his return to the lineup and the Milwaukee Bucks extended their recent mastery of the Chicago Bulls with a 126-98 blowout Tuesday night.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With Patrick Beverley taking the lead in his first season with the team, the Minnesota Timberwolves are trying to prove they’re no longer a pushover.
Keeping their composure after a first-quarter skirmish in which Beverley was ejected, the Timberwolves showed their growth with a dominating win against the defending champions.
There are just under four weeks remaining in the NBA’s regular season, which means only one thing.
The regular season is over.
It’s a reality that might make those who fancy themselves as purists cringe, but it’s the truth.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 points and had 15 rebounds to help the Milwaukee Bucks rally and then fend off the Jazz in the final seconds for a 117-111 victory on Monday night.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez is expected to play for the first time since the season opener Monday night when the defending champions visit the Utah Jazz.
Lopez has been out with a back injury that caused him to undergo surgery Dec.
CHICAGO (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez is ready to participate in contact drills and five-on-five scrimmages after being sidelined since the season opener because of a back injury that required surgery.
Memphis Grizzlies (31-15, third in the Western Conference) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (27-19, fifth in the Eastern Conference)
Milwaukee; Wednesday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Memphis hits the road against Milwaukee looking to continue its six-game road winning streak.
Milwaukee Bucks (27-18, fourth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Atlanta Hawks (17-25, 12th in the Eastern Conference)
Atlanta; Monday, 6 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Trae Young and Giannis Antetokounmpo meet when Atlanta hosts Milwaukee.
Milwaukee Bucks (23-13, third in the Eastern Conference) vs. Orlando Magic (7-28, 14th in the Eastern Conference)
Orlando, Florida; Thursday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Milwaukee will try to keep its four-game win streak intact when the Bucks take on Orlando.
Cleveland Cavaliers (18-12, fourth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (19-12, third in the Eastern Conference)
Milwaukee; Saturday, 9 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Bucks -1.5; over/under is 214.5
Cleveland Cavaliers (13-11, seventh in the Eastern Conference) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (15-9, third in the Eastern Conference)
Milwaukee; Monday, 8 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Bucks -8
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez has undergone surgery to address the back injury that has kept him from playing since the opening game of the season.
The Bucks announced Thursday that Lopez had back surgery earlier that day in Los Angeles.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins is relishing the opportunity to try helping the Milwaukee Bucks win a second straight title, no matter what role he fills.
“I’m extremely grateful and excited to be here,” the four-time All-Star said Tuesday after signing with the defending champions.
Milwaukee Bucks (12-8, sixth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Indiana Pacers (9-12, 13th in the Eastern Conference)
Indianapolis; Sunday, 5 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks visit the Indiana Pacers.
Milwaukee Bucks (6-6, eighth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Boston Celtics (5-6, 11th in the Eastern Conference)
Boston; Friday, 7:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: The Boston Celtics play the Milwaukee Bucks.
Milwaukee Bucks (4-5, 10th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Washington Wizards (6-3, sixth in the Eastern Conference)
Washington; Sunday, 6 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Milwaukee will try to keep its three-game road win streak intact when the Bucks take on Washington.
New York Knicks (5-3, sixth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (4-4, 10th in the Eastern Conference)
Milwaukee; Friday, 7:30 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Milwaukee takes on New York looking to stop its three-game home skid.
Milwaukee Bucks (3-4, 10th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Detroit Pistons (1-5, 13th in the Eastern Conference)
Detroit; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Milwaukee aims to end its three-game skid with a victory over Detroit.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 28 points and the Utah Jazz beat the short-handed Milwaukee Bucks 107-95 on Sunday to hand the defending NBA champions their third straight loss.
Utah Jazz (4-1, second in the Western Conference) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (3-3, eighth in the Eastern Conference)
San Antonio Spurs (1-4, 15th in the Western Conference) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (3-2, seventh in the Eastern Conference)
Milwaukee; Saturday, 8 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Milwaukee hosts the San Antonio Spurs after Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 40 points in the Bucks' 113-108 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — D’Angelo Russell scored 29 points, Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards each added 25, and the Minnesota Timberwolves held off the short-handed Milwaukee Bucks 113-108 on Wednesday night.
Minnesota Timberwolves (2-1, fifth in the Western Conference) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (3-1, third in the Eastern Conference)
Milwaukee; Wednesday, 8 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: The Milwaukee Bucks host the Minnesota Timberwolves.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo went into attack mode with the defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks playing short-handed Monday night.
He carried them to another victory.
Antetokounmpo finished with 30 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, and Khris Middleton added 27 points to help the Bucks beat Indiana 119-109.
Milwaukee Bucks (2-1, fifth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Indiana Pacers (1-2, 12th in the Eastern Conference)
Indianapolis; Monday, 7 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Eastern Conference foes Indiana and Milwaukee will play on Monday.
Milwaukee Bucks (1-1, seventh in the Eastern Conference) vs. San Antonio Spurs (1-1, ninth in the Western Conference)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stephen Curry hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 56.8 seconds remaining to follow up a 30-footer less than a minute earlier and finished with 45 points in the Golden State Warriors' 115-113 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night.
MIAMI (AP) — Only one thing went wrong for the Miami Heat on Thursday night. Udonis Haslem voted no.
The rest went as well as anyone could have expected.
Tyler Herro scored 27 points in 24 minutes off the bench, Jimmy Butler added 21 and the Miami Heat opened their season with an easy 137-95 victory over the NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night.
So many heroes. The Milwaukee Bucks had no shortage of them on their way to this NBA championship. Giannis Antetokounmpo, of course, tops the list. Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday, Brook Lopez too. Role players stepped up.
PHOENIX (AP) — Chris Paul and his 36-year-old legs climbed onto the podium at the NBA Finals on Wednesday. He was asked to reminisce about things that have changed in his game during the past 16 years.
PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix Suns forward Dario Saric has a torn ACL in his right knee that he suffered during the first quarter of Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night.
Saric’s right knee appeared to buckle when he landed on a jump stop while trying to score against Milwaukee’s Brook Lopez.
PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix Suns forward Dario Saric won't return to Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night after suffering a right knee injury late in the first quarter.
Saric is one the team's main contributors off the bench, averaging 4.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in about 11 minutes per game.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Even without two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks figured out a way to end their recent habit of slow starts.
Now they’re just one win away from finishing off the Atlanta Hawks and earning their first NBA Finals berth in nearly half a century.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — There’s more than a berth in the NBA Finals at stake when the Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks square off for the Eastern Conference championship.
The winner of the series that starts Wednesday also will end decades of frustration.
MIAMI (AP) — Milwaukee’s roster transformation started after losing to Miami in last season’s playoffs, one that made the Bucks give themselves a critical look.
MIAMI (AP) — There was no raucous celebration. No histrionics, no big on-court party when the final horn sounded and Milwaukee had officially vanquished its playoff loss to Miami from last season.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had so many powerful dunks on Thursday night, he tried to be mindful about not expending energy in celebrating too much.
At the end of a demanding NBA regular season, the two-time MVP concedes there's fatigue, even after he dominated with 40 points, 15 rebounds and six assists to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 142-133 victory over the Indiana Pacers.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 27 points and the Milwaukee Bucks kept up their chase of the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 114-102 victory over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night...
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brook Lopez had 24 points and Khris Middleton scored 21 of his 23 in the second half to help the Milwaukee Bucks beat the short-handed Houston Rockets 141-133 on Friday night for their fifth consecutive victory...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid had 39 points and 13 rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers beat Brooklyn 123-117 on Wednesday night in an anticipated matchup that fizzled with the Nets missing their biggest stars...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Khris Middleton had 27 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in three quarters, as the Milwaukee Bucks breezed to a 130-105 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday...
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks were without all five of their usual starters Friday night as they hosted the Charlotte Hornets a night after losing at Dallas...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Jrue Holiday scored a season-high 33 points to go with 11 assists and seven rebounds, and the Milwaukee Bucks overcame the absence of Giannis Antetokounmpo to beat the Sacramento Kings 129-128 on Saturday night...