MVP makes very early bubble statement
The Bucks played in a possible Eastern Conference Finals matchup, and it was none other than reigning MVP (and this year’s likely winner) Giannis Antetokounmpo taking control down the stretch. The Greek Freak was simply leading all game, doing it with 36 points, 15 rebounds as well as 7 assists on 14-for-20 shooting.
The Celtics kept points close regardless of a mins restriction for Kemba Walker (16 points in 19 minutes) as well as a terrible offensive outing from Jayson Tatum (5 points on 2-for-18 shooting ), so they should feel confident entering into a possible playoff match. On Friday, nevertheless, the Bucks showed why they have the NBA’s best record.
Domination by The Greek Freak. pic.twitter.com/DDeRA6R8RD
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) August 1, 2020
Dame and Portland Trailblazers are in the hunt
It took overtime and also some late heroics from Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Jusuf Nurkic as well as Carmelo Anthony, but the Portland Trailblazers grabbed a much-needed win in their chase for the 8th and last playoff slot.
They reduced their deficit to 2.5 games by beating the No. 8-seed Grizzlies on Friday, yet their schedule gets real challenging real quick with upcoming games versus the Celtics, Rockets, Nuggets, Clippers, 76ers and Mavericks.
Trailblazers has to stay within 4 games of the eighth seed in order to compel a play-in game. Because of this, the win against Memphis also put them a game ahead of the New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings, that both loss their first bubble games and also are amongst the Blazers’ competitors for the No. 9 seed.
Incidentally, you can get the complete tale on Carmelo’s heroics below.
CLUTCH SKINNY MELO pic.twitter.com/acOmWITRp1
— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) July 31, 2020