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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Brooklyn Nets Game Preview

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Before I get to the big matchup between the Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets, indulge me for a moment because I’ve spent a lot of time in NYC for work this year, staying in Brooklyn.

There’s a major transfer point under the Nets’ arena for the subway (and Long Island Railroad). It confuses me, though: no fewer than 9 NYC subway lines serve it but there are at least 3 more nearby that don’t actually stop there (including the A) and it’s screwed me up several times. Anyway, the A train doesn’t stop at the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center station in Brooklyn, but Marques Johnson was recently pushing the Duke Ellington-inspired nickname for Giannis Antetokounmpo and you can catch the A train two blocks north of the arena at Lafayette Avenue, during late-night hours. So if you’re ever at a Nets game, you can take the A train back after the Bucks beat them in the playoffs again (heh).

Ok, now onto the reason you’re here: basketball.

Where We’re At

It’s just about the midpoint of the season, and the Bucks are 25-15. Not bad! The last two games though? Pretty bad! I won’t rehash Monday night’s debacle against one of the league’s worst teams but Wednesday night they were without Giannis (non-COVID illness) against a quality opponent, so you knew it could be tough. He’s currently listed as probable for tonight; they sure need him because four Bucks (and one head coach) entered the health and safety protocols since his last appearance on Monday: Grayson Allen, Pat Connaughton, George Hill, and Jrue Holiday. AKA the entire backcourt rotation. Plus Donte DiVincenzo is out with a sprain of his surgically repaired left ankle. The starters below are a total guess; maybe Darvin Ham opts to start Nwora and not start a true point guard. To address this thinness, the Bucks signed former Net (as of a few days ago) Langston Galloway to a ten-day hardship contract. Brook Lopez remains out and DeMarcus Cousins is no longer a Buck, so we may see some Luke Kornet minutes.

Brooklyn needed a 19-point rally plus the return of Kyrie Irving to defeat Indy on Wednesday evening and snap a three-game losing streak. Even though the Nets welcomed him back to their road squad, Irving is confined there and will not be a concern of the Bucks tonight: in case you missed it, New York does not permit unvaccinated individuals to enter basketball arenas and Irving refuses to get vaccinated. Who will be concerns of the Bucks are Kevin Durant and James Harden, who had 39 on 24 shots and a muted 18 on 5/12 shooting, respectively. There is also Patty Mills, who’s been putting up huge games from deep against the Bucks the past few seasons and will likely start in place of Irving. The only other Net on the injury report is sharpshooter Joe Harris as he recovers from ankle surgery.

Player To Watch

I’ll be interested to see if Brooklyn is visibly disrupted by having an elite scorer in their last game but not this one, though I’m willing to bet they’ll be fine. So I’ll pick Wesley Matthews instead. The Marquette alum and Madison native has looked great on both ends of the floor since returning to the Bucks, with a newly-diversified offensive game plus his usual brand of physical defense. While you probably won’t confuse him with P.J. Tucker, who has 20 pounds and an inch or two on Matthews, will he take on the Tucker role and split the assignment KD tonight with Khris Middleton? I’d assume he’ll spend a lot of time on him, especially since KD’s other main defender from the East Semis last year was Holiday.



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Vancouver Canucks to sport new jersey for Lunar New Year

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The Vancouver Canucks will soon be sporting a new look during warm-ups in honour of the Lunar New Year.


Trevor Lai made more than 80 sketches while designing the jersey, which features the Canucks’ orca logo transforming into a tiger, to match the Year of the Tiger on the Chinese zodiac.


Lai said he worked hard to incorporate Vancouver’s Chinese heritage into the design.


“On the shoulder patches, I put the Chinatown Millennium Gate, and that was really important, and to put the Chinese characters of the Vancouver Canucks team into the gate to say that we are one community,” Lai said.


“I think that message is also really resonating. So, to see the fanbase of all ethnicities get so passionate about this design is really an honor and I really thank the team for letting me do it.”


The lifelong Canucks fan said he wanted his design to honour the team’s logo, while also symbolizing “positive change” for the new year.


“If you look at the fin of the design, obviously that was the biggest challenge for me,” Lai said. “It’s like, how do you put a fin on a tiger? You know, that doesn’t really work in nature. And then I thought it was a perfect space to put the Chinese character for Tiger … It goes right in the fin, and it just happened to fit perfectly with the Chinese calligraphy. And I was really happy about that.”


The Canucks will wear the jerseys during warm-ups as part of their Lunar New Year celebrations.


Proceeds from sales of merchandise bearing Lai’s design will be donated to Elimin8Hate, which is the advocacy arm of the Vancouver Asian Film Festival and works to combat anti-Asian racism in Canada. 



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The Brooklyn Nets Officially Announce The Signings Of Two Veterans

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On Saturday, the Brooklyn Nets announced the signings of Shaquille Harrison and James Ennis.

Both veterans are being signed to ten-day contracts, and the announcement from the team can be seen in a tweet that is embedded below from their Twitter account.  



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