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Giannis to fund indoor court in native Greece

[ad_1] ATHENS, Greece -- Greek NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo has agreed to fund the construction of an indoor basketball court in a fire-ravaged area outside Athens where at least 100 people were killed last year.The mayor of the Rafina area where the fire occurred last July said on Monday the local authority accepted the offer from the Milwaukee Bucks player to build the court at a new recycling park that
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‘I never expected this series to be easy’

[ad_1] 1:27 AM ETMalika AndrewsESPN TORONTO -- These are the nights when Giannis Antetokounmpo frets.Through the first three quarters of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals, Antetokounmpo scored just six points and finished with 12 total. He missed two key free throws in the first overtime and fouled out less than one minute into the second overtime. He committed eight turnovers in all.The Bucks lost 118-112. Antetokounmpo doesn't accept
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Five pressing questions that will decide Bucks-Raptors

[ad_1] About an hour after his team suffered a blowout loss at the hands of the Milwaukee Bucks, Kawhi Leonard -- never one to be subsumed into narratives or high drama -- offered the most literal response to the most pressing question facing his Toronto Raptors."We're going to Toronto," said Leonard, when asked where his team, now trailing the Eastern Conference Finals 2-0, goes from here. "Game 3."You have to
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If you’re just now seeing how strong the Bucks are it’s too late

[ad_1] 12:54 AM ETTim BontempsESPN MILWAUKEE -- It took all of 51 seconds for Giannis Antetokounmpo to declare to the world -- and, more importantly, to the Toronto Raptors -- how Game 2 was going to proceed.A rim-rattling dunk of his own miss between two defenders. A vicious rejection of what looked like a clear two points for Raptors center Marc Gasol. Another powerful slam after he was left alone
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Giannis, Harden, Paul George all finalists for MVP

[ad_1] Reigning NBA MVP James Harden of the Houston Rockets is one of three finalists for the award for the 2018-19 season, the league announced Friday.Joining Harden, who led the league in scoring with 36.1 points per game, in the top three are Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks and Paul George of the Oklahoma City Thunder.2 RelatedAntetokounmpo, the only player out of the three whose team is still competing
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East ‘definitely open’ without LeBron

[ad_1] 4:56 PM ETMalika AndrewsESPN MILWAUKEE -- Giannis Antetokounmpo admits this isn't how he envisioned the Milwaukee Bucks' season playing out. At the beginning of the season, Antetokounmpo said he couldn't have known his team would advance to the Eastern Conference finals.The landscape of the Eastern Conference changed drastically in the summer of 2018, when LeBron James, who dominated the East for nearly a decade, signed with the Los Angeles
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The Bucks weren’t at their best in Game 1, but they proved how hard it is to beat them

[ad_1] MILWAUKEE -- At the moment Kawhi Leonard shook Khris Middleton on a backdoor cut for an easy layup midway through the third quarter of Game 1 on Wednesday night, the Toronto Raptors looked like their best selves.The Raptors had managed only five shot attempts at the rim in the first half, but here was a beautiful half-court set that encapsulated how brutally efficient the Raptors can be when they're
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Lopez’s big 4th quarter rescues Bucks in Game 1

[ad_1] 1:53 AM ETMalika AndrewsESPN MILWAUKEE -- Brook Lopez was frustrated. His early 3-pointer missed badly, his fadeaways were clanking off the back rim and he was struggling to find a rhythm within Milwaukee's offense.The 7-foot center shook his head in disgust as Toronto raced out to a 34-23 first-quarter lead Wednesday night. The Raptors, hoping to steal home-court advantage in the Eastern Conference finals, kept their momentum rolling and