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2015 NBA Playoffs First Round Matchups

Apr 15, 2015 11:30 PM

The following are the matchups for the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs.

Western Conference
1. Golden State Warriors vs. 8. New Orleans Pelicans
2. Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks
3. Los Angeles Clippers vs. 6. San Antonio Spurs
4. Portland Trailblazers vs. 5. Memphis Grizzlies

Eastern Conference
1. Atlanta Hawks vs. 8. Brooklyn Nets
2. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. 7. Boston Celtics
3. Chicago Bulls vs. 6. Milwaukee Bucks
4. Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards

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Kidd Declines To Explain Decision To Bench Antetokounmpo

Apr 9, 2015 1:43 AM

Jason Kidd decided to sit Giannis Antetokounmpo against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday without explanation.

"He didn't tell me," Antetokounmpo said when asked if Kidd told him he would sit. "No, he didn't tell me."

Antetokounmpo wasn't told why he was benched.

"I don't know," Antetokounmpo said after the game. "It was coach's decision — I don't know — for me not to play today."

 

Kidd invoked the phrase "coach's decision" six times during his postgame press conference.

"Coach's decision," Kidd said for the fourth time. "It was a coach's decision. I don't know what, you guys can't hear? ...You guys are smart. How about the game?"

Matt Velazquez/Journal Sentinel

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Bucks Sign Jorge Gutierrez To Multi-Year Deal

Apr 7, 2015 6:54 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks have signed Jorge Gutierrez to a multi-year contract.

Gutierrez appeared in seven games for the Bucks earlier this season and averaged 3.6 points and 2.1 rebounds while playing 13.4 minutes per game. He made one start for Milwaukee on Feb. 2 at Toronto, and tied his career high for scoring with 13 points on Feb. 6 at Houston. He signed his initial 10-day contact on Jan. 28 and a second 10-day contract on Feb. 7.

Gutierrez has also played 15 games for the Canton Charge of the NBA D-League this season and averaged 13.5 points, 5.1 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 29.8 minutes per game.

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Bucks Reveal New Color Scheme, 'M' Logo (Image)

Apr 2, 2015 12:08 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks revealed their new color scheme on Wednesday.

Green
· The traditional color of the Milwaukee Bucks – a hallmark of our brand throughout the team’s 47-year history.

· Emblematic of the state’s dense forests and rich agricultural industry.

Cream
· Just as the “Cream City” brick is the foundation upon which Milwaukee was built, cream will be the foundational color of the team’s new brand identity.

· Cream will be unique to the Bucks – we’ll be the only team in NBA to feature a cream hue as an official team color.

Blue
· Blue underlines the importance of the Great Lakes and multiple rivers in the history and future of our city and state. In fact, some think the word Milwaukee was derived from the Algonquian term “Millioki,” which meant “gathering place by the waters.”

· The addition of blue to our color palette pays homage to the history of professional basketball in Milwaukee, as blue was the primary color of the Milwaukee Hawks, the city’s first NBA team.

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Giannis Expects Shooting Range To All Make Sense Next Season

Apr 1, 2015 10:59 AM

Jason Kidd the Milwaukee Bucks need Giannis Antetokounmpo to attack the paint while keeping the jumper part of his game.

"I think it's big for him to be consistent with being able to knock down that mid-range jump shot," Kidd said. "It gives him another weapon besides getting to the basket and getting to the free-throw line. It's just going to make him that much more difficult to guard."

"Coach (Kidd) told me to shoot with confidence, and he told me even if I find the corner three open, shoot it and knock it down," Antetokounmpo said.

Antetokounmpo attempted 118 three-pointers as a rookie (converting 41) but has tried only 40 this season, making just seven.

"I've been working hard all year, but I think next year and the year after it's all going to make sense," Antetokounmpo said. "I'm trying to be confident in the mid-range but I didn't shoot a lot of threes this year.

 

"Some people are going to say it's bad. Some people are going to say it's good. I think it's good. I've been working on my threes but I didn't shoot it (in games).

"The first year I made like five mid-range jumpers. This year I'm making more. Next year I'll be more efficient in the mid-range jumper and try to work on the threes. And the fourth year try to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together."

Charles F. Gardner/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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Bucks To Introduce New Color Scheme

Mar 31, 2015 12:29 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks are expected to reveal a new color scheme for their jerseys on Wednesday.

The current color scheme of forest green, red, silver and white has been in effect since the 2006-'07 season, when it replaced a purple and green theme.

The purple theme was introduced by Mike Dunleavy Sr. in 2001.

Charles F. Gardner/Journal Sentinel

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Chris Johnson To Sign With Jazz For Remainder Of Season

Mar 26, 2015 7:25 PM

Chris Johnson has agreed to sign with the Utah Jazz for the remainder of the season, league sources tell RealGM.

Johnson became a free agent after his second 10-day contract with the Milwaukee Bucks expired.

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Heat, Hornets, Cavs Lead In 14-15 Trade Score; Bucks, Mavs Rank Last

Mar 26, 2015 1:28 PM

J.R. Smith has had the biggest Box Plus-Minus improvement of all the players traded this season as he's become a critical part of the Cleveland Cavaliers success following his arrival from the New York Knicks. 

Smith had a -4.3 BPM with the Knicks and +3.4 with the Cavaliers for a difference of +7.7.

Enes Kanter ranks second with a +5.9 difference since arriving to the Oklahoma City Thunder from the Utah Jazz. The Jazz have also benefitted from his absence as it has given more minutes to Rudy Gobert.

Will Barton, Mo Williams, Anthony Tolliver, Ramon Sessions, Timofey Mozgov, Iman Shumpert, Tarik Black and Goran Dragic round out the top-10.

Overall, the Heat have the best Trade Score at 6.10, ahead of the Charlotte Hornets at 5.90 and Cavaliers at 5.10. The

Brandon Knight has had the biggest drop since being traded, going from +2.3 with the Milwaukee Bucks to -4.0 with the Phoenix Suns. The Bucks replaced Knight's +2.3 with a -2.0 from Michael Carter-Williams and they have struggled since the trade.

The Dallas Mavericks are also one of the losers of in-season trades as Rajon Rondo has struggled and they also lost the production of Brandan Wright.

The Bucks have the worst Trade Score at -4.30 with the Mavericks ranking next to last at -3.70.

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Bucks Sign Chris Johnson To 2nd 10-Day Contract

Mar 16, 2015 12:50 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks have re-signed Chris Johnson on a second 10-day contract.

Johnson has appeared in five games this season for the Bucks, averaging 4.6 points and 2.0 rebounds in 20.0 minutes.

Johnson has also had stints this season with the Utah Jazz and Philadelphia 76ers.

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Bucks Use Stretch Provision On Larry Sanders

Mar 7, 2015 7:10 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks will use their stretch provision upon Larry Sanders.

The Bucks will pay Sanders in annual increments of $1.9 million over a seven-year period, which will also be applied to the Bucks' salary cap each season through the 21-22 season.

Sanders will collect about $22 million, or half of his original $44 million.

Gery Woelfel/Journal Times

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Bucks To Sign Chris Johnson To 10-Day Contract
Chris Johnson has most recently been with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the D-League.

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Kidd: Khris Middleton Has Accepted Challenge To Get Better
The Bucks would like to re-sign Khris Middleton this summer in restricted free agency.

Charles F. Gardner/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Suns Were Planning On Pursuing Brandon Knight In Free Agency
Brandon Knight will be a restricted free agent and their chances of re-signing him are significantly higher than if they were to pursue him in the open market.

Chad Ford/ESPN

Larry Sanders Explains Decision To Leave Basketball
Larry Sanders revealed he had checked himself into a clinic Rogers Memorial Hospital, a program for anxiety, depression and mood disorders.

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Larry Sanders Officially Bought Out By Bucks
Larry Sanders is not expected to play again this season.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Kenyon Martin Waived By Bucks
Kenyon Martin had been signed to consecutive 10-day contracts earlier this season before Milwaukee guaranteed his deal for the season.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Suns, Bucks, 76ers Agree Upon Knight, Carter-Williams Trade
Brandon Knight and Michael Carter-Williams were traded just before the deadline.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Mavericks Considering Pursuit Of Larry Sanders
Larry Sanders is represented by Happy Walters, who has a strong relationship with the Dallas front office and also represents Amar'e Stoudemire.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Larry Sanders To Receive $13M Of Remaining $40M On Buyout
Larry Sanders is expected to receive $13 million on the rest of his $40 million contract, according to RealGM's Shams Charania.

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Larry Sanders, Bucks Near Agreement On Buyout
Larry Sanders signed a four-year, $44 million contract extension in 2013.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Bucks Seek Buyout Of Larry Sanders
Larry Sanders is not expected to play for the Bucks again.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Warriors, Hawks, Blazers In Top-10 On Both Offense, Defense
Fourteen other teams are in the top-10 in either offensive or defensive efficiency.

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Antetokounmpo, Westbrook Named NBA Players Of The Week
Giannis Antetokounmpo averaged 19.5 points (.633 FG%), 11.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.8 blocks during the week while leading the Bucks to a 3-1 record.

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Kenyon Martin, Bucks Sign Contract For Remainder Of Season
Kenyon Martin has appeared in eight games for the Bucks this season and averaged 1.3 points and 1.1 rebounds in 5.9 minutes per game.

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Bucks Plan To Sign Jorge Gutierrez To 10-Day Contract
Jorge Gutierrez played for Jason Kidd last season on the Nets.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Wisconsin Proposes Using Jock Tax To Cover $220M Pledge For Arena
Recent estimates indicate that the amount of income tax revenue from NBA athletes in 2015 would total $15 million.

Don Walker/Journal Sentinel

Bucks, Hornets, 76ers Interested In Gary Talton, D-League's Assists Leader
Gary Talton has averaged 13.2 points, 10.2 assists and 40.6 percent three-point shooting this season for Fort Wayne.

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NBA Tells Seattle Not To Expect Team Within Next Few Years
An agreement for the funding of a Sodo arena between Seattle, King County and Chris Hansen expires in November of 2017.

Geoff Baker/Seattle Times

Giannis, Oladipo, Mason Plumlee Confirmed For Dunk Contest
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Victor Oladipo and Mason Plumlee will participate, while Zach LaVine could also be added.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Average NBA Franchise Valuation Now More Than $1 Billion
There are now 11 NBA teams worth at least $1 billion, compared to three a year ago.

Kurt Badenhausen/Forbes