Warriors game day: Can Golden State lock down Antetokounmpo?

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March 18, 2017 - 4:43pm
Can Golden State lock down Antetokounmpo? Steve Kerr, 3rd season with Warriors (193-38 with Warriors and overall); Jason Kidd, 3rd season with Bucks (107-124 with Bucks and 151-162 overall) Warriors: PG Stephen Curry (25.0 ppg, 6.3 apg), SG Klay Thompson (22.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg), SF Patrick McCaw (3.7 ppg, 1.3 rpg), PF Draymond Green (10.4 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 7.1 apg), C Zaza Pachulia (6.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg) Bucks: PG Malcolm Brogdon (10.0 ppg, 6.2 apg), SG Tony Snell (8.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg), SF Khris Middleton (14.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg), PF Giannis Antetokounmpo (23.0 ppg, 8.5 rpg), C Thon Maker (3.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg) Warriors injury report: SF Kevin Durant (grade 2 MCL sprain and tibial bone bruise) is out. Bucks injury report: SF Michael Beasley (hyperextended left knee) and PF Jabari Parker (left knee surgery) are out. In his fourth NBA season, Antetokounmpo has cemented his status as one of the league’s most dominant young players. The 22-year-old known as the “Greek Freak” is on pace to be the first player in NBA history to finish a season ranked in the top-20 in total points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks. With Green guarding him much of the Bucks’ Nov. 19 loss to the Warriors, Antetokounmpo had 30 points and six assists. Can the Warriors maintain their stingy defense? Two nights later, the Warriors held the Magic to 92 points on 37.2 percent shooting (25.9 percent from three-point range). Perhaps the biggest silver lining of Kevin Durant’s knee injury is that it has allowed complementary players to shoulder bigger loads. Andre Iguodala, hardly a scorer much of the season, has averaged 11.1 points on 29-for-47 shooting (61.7 percent) in his past seven games. [...] bench scoring could be important Saturday, when the Warriors host a Bucks team playing the rough end of a back-to-back set. Milwaukee is fresh off Friday’s 107-103 win over the Lakers, which included a third-quarter skirmish that ended with three ejections.


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