Shawn Farhadian is a sophomore writing about the NBA and social justice. His column, “Dishing and Swishing,” runs every other Friday. Here’s what might be another problem, as proposed by former NBA forward Richard Jefferson: What if Giannis is more of a Scottie Pippen than a Michael Jordan? Does he need that extra superior star power to take him over Milwaukee’s playoff bumps? Milwaukee is already down 2-0 to the Miami Heat — a fifth seed in the east — in the Conference Semifinals. And to be honest, I’m not sure if I would be too surprised if they go down 3-0 Friday. Here’s the problem, though: The Bucks — and Giannis — don’t pass the eye test. At all. To put it bluntly, they are boring to watch. Miami’s young guards and wings, which include Jimmy Butler, Goran Dragic and Tyler Herro, are outrunning and outshooting Milwaukee’s guards. They’re doing it by continuously finding and taking open shots, whereas the Bucks seem to try to force everything through Giannis. The Los Angeles Clippers, Utah Jazz, Denver Nuggets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Toronto Raptors, Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics lead the NBA in points, field goal percentage, three point percentage, free throw percentage, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks per game respectively. The answer to this question is thought provoking because although Jefferson could very well be right, the debate gets more complicated when you start to mull over options for Giannis. The Greek Freak is expected to test free agency after the playoffs, and Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports reported Thursday that it’s an “open secret” that Miami and Toronto are the leading candidates to land Giannis. However, this shouldn’t automatically warrant winning Defensive Player of the Year. Giannis finished No. 40 in the league in blocks per game and No. 98 in steals per game. His 6-foot-11 stature, 7-foot-3 wingspan and unreal athleticism clearly help him out, but why wasn’t Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis considered more, since he finished No. 16 in steals per game and third in blocks per game and helped the Lakers to the top seed in their conference? For the record, he was still in the top-22 in defensive rebounds and defensive win shares. Yes, Milwaukee is a defensive juggernaut: They lead the NBA in defensive rating, defensive rebounds and opponent points in the paint. Likewise, Giannis led the league in defensive rebounds and defensive win shares, which helped the Bucks win games. Although OKC and Utah are already eliminated from the playoffs, Milwaukee isn’t at the top of any single offensive statistic. The Bucks’ power lies in their defense. I just spit out a bunch of stats and names, but here’s what I’m really trying to get at: As spectacular of a defensive team the Bucks are, their offense isn’t good enough to outplay other defenses in the playoffs, including Miami’s. It’s not electrifying, and Giannis and shooting guard Khris Middleton take virtually every single shot as they are the only two Bucks to score more than 20 points per game this season. You know what they say: If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Isn’t that right, Kevin Durant? Anyway, Milwaukee needs to perform better this series (and the next if they make it, somehow), and by better, I mean they need to be more exciting to watch. If they’re not going to play well through better ball movement and more points in transition, they’ll be in trouble sooner than they’d like. This isn’t to say that the Bucks are not a good team, because of course they’re good. For the regular season, the Bucks finished first in points and rebounds per game, third in field goal percentage and sixth in assists per game. Good offensive teams perform well in those categories. An easy start to fixing this problem is to get more points off turnovers; Milwaukee finished just 10th in that category this season despite its stellar defense. This standing is also behind the other three remaining Eastern Conference teams (Toronto, Boston and Miami), so forget about winning the Finals for a second. If they want to even get there in the first place to compete against a team like the Clippers or Lakers, they need to capitalize on forcing an eighth-best average of 14 turnovers per game. But haven’t you noticed that they don’t lead any particular offensive category? The Milwaukee Bucks finished the shortened 2019-20 regular season winning more than 75% of their games. In a top-heavy Eastern Conference, they finished out on top by 2.5 games. They lost only five games at home, and they did it all with the reigning MVP, current Defensive Player of the Year and four-time All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo.
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FC Zeljeznicar informed their fans, members, sponsors and friends of the club that, after they ensure the formal legal requirements, in April will start and by the end of this year will complete the first phase of construction of the East Stand of Grbavica Stadium.Public announcement for offers will be published on the official website of the club until the 10th of April 2016. The second phase of construction the East Stand will include additional stand with the same capacity and coverage of the stands.This way, FC Zeljeznicar will officially start construction of the new stadium, because the newly built stands will be compatible and in accordance with the conceptual design of the new stadium Grbavica. Upon completion of the first phase of construction, the capacity of the stands will be 2850 seats. After completion of the East Stand, the total capacity of the stadium Grbavica will be 11,995 seats.Sources of funding are own funds of the club, sponsors funds and support of fans through different projects,” as stated from the club.The project “Buy a chair for European Grbavica” showed true potential of fans of this club and this fact is the main reason why the club wants to make an additional step forward.“Members of the Management and Supervisory Board of FC Zeljeznicar thank the fans of FC Zeljeznicar in BiH and the world, fans of other clubs, as well as all citizens who recognized and supported this project.”The construction of the East Stand will ensure the conditions for playing of representative matches of all selections at Grbavica Stadium. This way, planned investment is beyond the scope of needs of FC Zeljeznicar and becomes general interest because it represents a socially responsible initiative. There is no doubt that the desire of all football fans in BiH and the world is to get to see some matches of national teams played at the Grbavica Stadium.(Source: N.K./avaz.ba)
The starting lineup for the NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol on Sunday was set by the same procedure that will determine the starting lineup for the next five Cup Series races, all of which will be run without prior practice or qualifying sessions.The starting grid for Sunday’s race at Bristol, scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. ET and broadcast live on Fox, features a handful of Fords at the front of the field as a result of the procedure that utilizes a combination of points standings and a random draw to set the lineup. MORE: Updated NASCAR Cup Series schedule for 2020As for pit stall selection for the next five Cup Series races being run without qualifying, it will be ordered based on finishing positions from the series’ previous race, followed by new entries in order of points.Below is the starting lineup for Sunday’s Bristol race and how it was set.Who is on the pole for the NASCAR race at Bristol?For the second time since the NASCAR Cup Series returned from its coronavirus-promoted hiatus, Brad Keselowski won a random draw to earn the pole position to start a race.No matter which lane Keselowski chooses to start Sunday’s race, he will have a Team Penske teammate behind him, as Joey Logano will start third alongside Ryan Blaney in fourth based on the results of the draw. Aric Almirola will roll off second. Below is the protocol for how the Cup Series field was set at Bristol.Positions 1-12: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner pointsPositions 13-24: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner pointsPositions 25-36: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner pointsPositions 37-40: Open teams in order of owners pointsNASCAR starting lineup at BristolThe same protocol that set the lineup for Sunday’s Bristol race will be used to set the lineup for the upcoming Cup Series races at Atlanta (June 7), Martinsville (June 10), Homestead-Miami (June 14) and Talladega (June 21). All of those races also will run without prior practice sessions with the exception of Talladega, which will have an hour-long practice session the day before the race.As for Sunday’s race at Bristol, the draw for the starting lineup took place Friday. Below are the results.Pos.Driver1Brad Keselowski2Aric Almirola3Joey Logano4Ryan Blaney5Martin Truex Jr.6Chase Elliott7Kyle Busch8Kevin Harvick9Matt DiBenedetto10Denny Hamlin11Alex Bowman12Kurt Busch13William Byron14Matt Kenseth15Erik Jones16Ricky Stenhouse Jr.17Ryan Newman18John Hunter Nemechek19Chris Buescher20Austin Dillon21Tyler Reddick22Cole Custer23Clint Bowyer24Jimmie Johnson25Michael McDowell26Bayley Currey27Joey Gase28Quin Houff29Ty Dillon30Gray Gaulding31Garrett Smithley32Corey LaJoie33Ryan Preece34Brennan Poole35Christopher Bell36Bubba Wallace37Daniel Suarez38Timmy Hill39BJ McLeod40JJ Yeley