Basketball Wiretap

Mike Budenholzer Voted Coach Of The Year By Peers

Apr 13, 2019 12:38 PM

Mike Budenholzer was voted as the National Basketball Coaches Association's 2019 Coach of the Year.

The award polls 30 NBA head coaches, with no coach able to vote for themselves.

"It's an incredible honor to be recognized by your peers, and that makes this award truly special. Thank you to my colleagues across the NBA, and most importantly thank you to our players and staff in Milwaukee. The players' and staffs' work this year has given our team and our fans a very special season," said Budenholzer.

Kenny Atkinson, Michael Malone, Nate McMillan, Gregg Popovich, Doc Rivers, Quin Snyder and Terry Stotts also received votes.

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Tags: Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Award

Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden Named Players Of The Month For March/April

Apr 11, 2019 6:24 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden have been named the Players of the Month for March/April.

This is the fourth Player of the Month honor for Antetokounmpo this season after he won the award for the months of February, December and October/November. This month’s honor marks the fifth time he’s won Player of the Month in his career. 

Antetokounmpo averaged 30.0 points, 12.2 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.8 blocked shots per game, while shooting 57.0 percent from the field and 75.8 percent from the foul line, in March/April. 

Harden scored more points (696) than minutes played (695) over the final 20 games.

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Tags: Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Award

Kemba Walker, Russell Westbrook Named NBA's Players Of The Week

Apr 8, 2019 3:29 PM

Kemba Walker and Russell Westbrook have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for games played between April 1 and 7.

Walker averaged 34.8 points, 6.3 assists and 5.5 rebounds as the Hornets went 3-1.

Westbrook averaged 22.0 points, 17.0 assists and 12.7 rebounds as the Thunder went 3-0.

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Tags: Charlotte Hornets, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Award

Andre Drummond, Damian Lillard Named NBA's Players Of The Week

Apr 1, 2019 5:28 PM

Andre Drummond and Damian Lillard have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

Drummond led the Pistons to a 2-1 week by averaging 17.7 points (60.5% FG), 18.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 3.7 blocks and 2.3 steals per game. 

Lillard averaged 25.3 points (37.0% FG, 30.3% 3-PT, 95.5% FT), 5.8 rebounds and 7.3 assists for the week, guiding the Trail Blazers to a 3-1 record with wins over Brooklyn, Chicago and Atlanta.

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Tags: Detroit Pistons, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Award

Chris Paul: James Harden Is Still MVP Despite Loss To Bucks

Mar 27, 2019 1:40 AM

Chris Paul said that the Houston Rockets' 108-94 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks should have no impact on MVP voting between James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

"James went on a historic run. Know what I mean? Obviously I'm biased about the MVP and whoever or whatnot, but those of you that decide it on head-to-head games with a few games left in the season, good luck with that," said Paul.

Harden finished with 23 points, 10 assists, and 7 rebounds. Antetokounmpo had 19 points and 14 rebounds.

Eric Bledsoe and George Hill guarded Harden on his left hip throughout the game, forcing him to drive right. But Harden dismissed their defensive impact.

"I still got my shots up. I still was aggressive. I still did what I was supposed to do. Obviously, some shots didn't go in like every other game, but as a team we had our shots that we got. Tonight, they didn't go in. If they go in, it's a different ballgame," said Harden.

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Tags: James Harden, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Chris Paul, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Award

Rudy Gobert Breaks Single Season Dunk Record

Mar 26, 2019 11:40 AM

Rudy Gobert has set a record for the most dunks in an NBA season with 270. Gobert is averaging 3.68 dunks per game.

The previous record was 269 by Dwight Howard.

”It’s a mix of many things, but I think my teammates have done a great job of finding me,” Gobert said when asked Monday about his spike in dunks. “Compared to last year … I have way more lobs, way more high passes this year, and it puts me in a great position to finish. It’s a great offensive play. It’s hard to guard, it puts a lot of pressure on the defense."

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 262 dunks entering Monday.

Dunks first start being recorded in 2000.

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Tags: Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Award

Giannis Antetokounmpo 'Definitely Trying To Avoid' MVP Debate

Mar 25, 2019 11:09 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo said he is trying not to think about the MVP race between him and James Harden in the buildup to the Milwaukee Bucks hosting the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night.

“I’m definitely trying to avoid it, I don’t want to think about it. I just want to do my job. We’ve got eight games left. Trying to get better, trying to improve and trying to play basketball at a high level and everything’s going to take care of itself," said Antetokounmpo.

He added that his only goal was to keep improving.

"My thought process on all of that is just to get better. That’s never going to change; I don’t care if we’re playing in the Finals or me being the MVP or whatever. It’s never going to change. It’s always about getting better. It’s worked so far, so I know it’s going to work.”

Matt Velazquez/Journal Sentinel

Tags: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Award

Trae Young, James Harden Named NBA's Players Of The Week

Mar 25, 2019 4:12 PM

Trae Young and James Harden have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

Young averaged 25.3 points, 11.3 assists and 4.0 rebounds as the Hawks went 2-1.

Harden averaged 44.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.8 assists as the Rockets went 3-1.

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Tags: Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Award