Prediction model rates Warriors higher than Clippers for 2019-20

The forecasting model stumbled in a strong season for the Timberwolves (88 percent chance of reaching the playoffs) and missed the boat in estimating the number of wins for the Milwaukee Bucks, Portland Blazers and Nuggets. It was mostly on target in predicting the totals for the Boston Celtics, Utah Jazz and Sixers.

Giannis Antetokounmpo’s future: Why Warriors could still have a chance

Reasons for coming: In needing only five games to upset the Bucks in the conference semifinals, Miami made a strong case for Antetokounmpo’s services. This is a team that boasts a 23-year-old All-Star at center (Bam Adebayo), an unquestioned leader known for his work ethic (Jimmy Butler), a number of talented youngsters (Duncan Robinson, Tyler […]

Three takeaways from Boston dominating Toronto in Game 5

Toronto shot 38.8% as a team for the game and had an offensive rating of just 92.7 (far less than a point per possession). Toronto shot just 13-of-31 (41.9%) in the restricted area, and was 12-of-40 (30%) from three — they shot well from the midrange, but that’s a tough way to beat Boston.

Giannis Antetokounmpo on forcing trade this offseason, “It’s not happening. That’s not happening.”

Expect the Bucks to be aggressive in reshaping the roster, GM Jon Horst has shown to be a risk-taker. Chris Paul‘s name has come up in rumors. Milwaukee is not going to trade Antetokounmpo unless he demands it — small market teams do not land MVPs/Defensive Players of the Year very often, whatever they got […]

Nuggets coach Malone responds to Beverley’s comments on Jokic

“All you got to do is look at the stat sheet. [Ivica] Zubac attempted more free throws than Nikola Jokic,” Malone continued. “They shot 26 free throws, we shot 10. So I’m not really sure what game Patrick is talking about or looking at, but I really don’t warrant and give too much attention to […]

Report: Clippers would be in mix for Giannis Antetokounmpo trade or free agency

That was Giannis Antetokounmpo right after the Bucks were eliminated from the playoffs in a fast five games by the Heat.  He didn’t sound like a guy itching to get out of Milwaukee, and he said he’s not going to ask for a trade. The Bucks will offer Antetokounmpo a supermax contract this offseason, and […]

Toronto’s Pascal Siakam: ‘I take a lot of the blame’

“Obviously, I felt like I didn’t really give what was expected from me, and I definitely take a lot of that blame. But as a team, I think we played well and we fought. Like, that’s something that we did all season when things weren’t going well. We always fought and till the end, and […]