When teams have a season as disappointing as the Wizards' 2015-16 campaign, tension is bound to build up between players. Unfortunately for Washington, it's their two biggest stars who have admitted to not having the best relationship.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have acquired Nuggets forward Joffrey Lauvergne from Denver, according to The Vertical
The Milwaukee Bucks have re-signed free-agent center Miles Plumlee to a four-year, $52 million contract, Plumlee's agent told ESPN's Marc Stein. Even in this inflated salary-cap system, that's a sizable commitment to a player that logged just 14 minutes per game last season.
Greg Monroe and his 24 points off the bench are instrumental in a big victory for Milwaukee
Remember that sleepwalking disaster against Denver on Wednesday? Of course you do. Somehow the Bucks rebounded with a 112-101 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers (yes, the Clippers) in a performance many didn’t see coming. Basketball is a weird sport and the Bucks are a weird team, but that’s why we love them.
Giannis and Jabari show up their southern rivals again with 62 combined points
So maybe it wasn’t a trouncing till the fourth quarter, but the Bucks eventually laid their third smackdown on the Chicago Bulls this season, 116-96. A near even first half split wide open in the second, as the Bucks’ terrific tandem twisted their way through Bulls’ defenders time and again.
Giannis and Jabari combine for 59 as Milwaukee shoots 59% for the game
A perplexing Bucks season only added to its confusing legacy tonight, snapping a five-game losing streak with an offensive explosion in a 127-114 against Houston. Milwaukee shook up its starting lineup, inserting Miles Plumlee for John Henson, giving Plumlee his first start since November 25th against the Raptors.
Milwaukee dominates all facets of the game in a career night for Giannis Antetokounmpo
You know what's exciting? Winning a close game. You know what's also exciting? Obliterating an opponent, and the Bucks did just that against the Wizards in a 123-96 destructive performance.
Tonight’s preseason opener against the Milwaukee Bucks was exactly that in the truest sense. It was ugly, and pretty unwatchable. But to fair that was expected.
Everything in this game should be taken with a LARGE grain of salt.
Domination inside and clutch finish extends Bulls dominance over (regular season) LeBron teams
The Bulls have made a lot of changes over the past two seasons, but one thing that appears constant is a supernatural ability to play LeBron James well at home on National TV.
Yes, it was another King-vexing performance by the Bulls, as they held off the Cavs 111-115. This was the Cavaliers second game in as many nights, finishing a stretch of 6 game in 10 days. But they also had lost two straight coming into tonight and so you’d figure they’d play desperately...eh, maybe LeBron just wants the learning experiences for this repeat try. More people looking for his subtweets, that’s just good branding.
Jimmy Butler scored 14 in the 4th quarter and led the Bulls to another win over LeBron in the regular season.
Jimmy Butler struggled mightily in this game but upped his game in the 4th quarter. Luckily for him, his teammates picked up him before then, as the Chicago Bulls won another regular season game against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers 106-94. Though James played after being questionable with the flu, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving, and JR Smith were all out for the Cavs.
After a welcome-home win against the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday, Chicago closed out the pre-All Star break NBA season with a 104-103 victory over the Boston Celtics. The game featured a battle between two of the East’s biggest stars that went down to the wire, and the call that decided the game is one that will spark quite a bit of controversey for those wary of “Star calls” and NBA officiating in the closing seconds of games.
Jimmy Butler also came up clutch in the final minute (AGAIN).
Any discussion of Doug McDermott not yet being over his concussion might finally be over after this evening.
Shooty McNickname, Der McDougmott, Ray, whatever you may call him, had a career night tonight as the Chicago Bulls went into Tennessee on the second night of a back-to-back and took down a tough Memphis Grizzlies team 108-104. The win pushed the Bulls back up to .500 and featured a thrilling fourth quarter that saw several lead changes but ultimately favored the Bulls thanks once again to some late-game hero ball from Jimmy Butler.
Miami kept it interesting, but the Bulls outmatched them
After a nerve-filled win in his first trip back to Miami this season, Dwyane Wade led the Bulls to a 105-100 victory in his first career home game against the Heat. He finished with 28 points (on 11 of 24 shooting), three rebounds, three assists, and two blocks in another tightly contested matchup with his former franchise.
Back in that playoff race!
Dwyane Wade started the game 0-6, but subsequently went 9-17 to finish with 21 points. He also, pretty incredibly, had 7 steals, and I say incredible because he was doing the usual low-effort Wade thing. But he did hit a few of those turnaround midrange shots of faded hall-of-fame-shooting-guard past. Wade led the Bulls in scoring as they pulled away from the Orlando Magic late to win 100-92.
Butler’s buzzer-beater caps off late Bulls run
The Bulls really had no business beating the lowly Nets at home thanks to a miserable performance throughout most of Wednesday night’s game, but a superhuman effort by Jimmy Butler and a timely Brooklyn collapse resulted in a 101-99 victory.
remarkable 1st half after 3 straight bad losses
Fred Hoiberg might as well update his pop culture references to something merely 10 years old.
There’s a ship sinking in the Eastern Conference playoff race, but it’s not in Chicago. Both them and the Pistons came into Monday night in desperate circumstances, but it was only the Bulls who played desperately, riding an insane first half performance to a 113-82 victory.
Five Bulls scored in double figures on a night that saw the team assist on more than 75% of its baskets.
One night after one of their worst closing-minutes collapses of the entire season, the Chicago Bulls rallied through abscences from both their starting and backup centers to blow out the Detroit Pistons at home to the tune of a 117-95 win. Jimmy Butler scored only 16 points on six shots over the course of the entire game, but double-figure scoring performances from four other Bulls combined with some of the best team-ball movement of their season proved to be more than enough for Chicago to overwhelm Detroit.
The Bulls got back on track this evening with a solid win over one of the best teams in the NBA.
If you haven’t figured out yet that the Bulls are must-not-miss-television on Thursday night TNT games, then you are missing out.
The Chicago Bulls took down the San Antonio Spurs 95-91 at the United Center this evening, which marks the first road loss for the Spurs all season. Despite Jimmy Butler getting held to his first scoreless half of the season, the Bulls managed to get solid enough performances from the rest of their starters to crank out a victory in which the Bulls never trailed.
And did so despite one of the most hilariously awful officiating blunders you will see all year.
No Cameron Payne, No King Joffrey, and no Anthony Marrow didn’t matter in the first Bulls game post-Taj Gibson as the Chicago Bulls managed to take down the Phoenix Suns tonight 128-121 in overtime. Many of the usual pillars for the Bulls played poorly until the late stages of the game, and the final seconds of regulation featured the worst call you will see all season.
It’s only been a week. They’ll be fine. Elsewhere: What a fun week it’s been.
After one week of the new NBA season, Paul Flannery and Tom Ziller hooked up to discuss early surprises and disappointments.
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