Review KFC Star Search - Youth basketball takes the spotlight

By George Davis July 23, 2019

Talented youth get the opportunity to showcase their skills as the KFC Star Search basketball camp gets underway.

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    The Milwaukee Bucks need to make the most of their depth and harness the team's winning culture to keep winning without Eric Bledsoe, according to Giannis Antetokounmpo.

    Point guard Bledsoe will be out for two weeks with the right fibula avulsion fracture suffered in the Bucks' win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday.

    Milwaukee claimed a 125-108 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers without Bledsoe on Saturday.

    The Bucks have won 18 successive games, two shy of their franchise-record run of 20 set in 1971, taking them to 24-3.

    Reigning league MVP Antetokounmpo believes they have the resources to thrive in Bledsoe's absence, also suggesting a lay-off of his own would not impact the team's playoff hopes.

    "It's tough, one of the best players in the team, he's been playing amazing the whole season, obviously a big piece of the team," Antetokounmpo told reporters.

    "We all wish Bled a fast recovery, come back healthy. This team will be exactly how it is right now when he gets back.

    "We did it when Khris [Middleton] missed a lot of games - we were able to win games without him. We've got to do it without Bled, and if I ever miss games, they've got to do it without me.

    "We've built a winning culture around the team and everybody knows what we've got to do when we step on the floor.

    "This team is deep. We've got a deep team, it's insane. It doesn't matter if Bled isn't playing, I'm not playing - I think this team could be a playoff team, it could be a 50-win team.

    "Khris, Bled, me, all the other guys, we're big pieces, big parts of this team. At the end of the day, if we miss games, other guys got to get the job done. So far we've been doing that."

  • Doncic expected to miss Bucks clash with ankle sprain Doncic expected to miss Bucks clash with ankle sprain

    Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle does not expect Luka Doncic to play against the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday after suffering a right ankle sprain in their overtime defeat to the Miami Heat on Saturday.

    Doncic played fewer than two minutes of the Mavericks' 122-118 loss to the Heat, which dropped them to a record of 17-8.

    The Slovenian is enjoying a breakout second season that has him in the Most Valuable Player discussion. Doncic is averaging 29.3 points per game to go with 8.9 assists and 9.6 rebounds. 

    However, he is now unlikely to square off against reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo when the Mavericks visit the Bucks, who lead the Eastern Conference after compiling 18 straight wins.

    Speaking in a media conference, Carlisle said: "Luka has a right ankle sprain, we hope it's not serious, X-rays were negative."

    The Mavericks trailed 73-50 at half-time but produced a stirring second-half fightback to force the extra five-minute period.

    Asked what he said to his team in the interval with Doncic sidelined, Carlisle replied: "Don't have to say much, guys knew we were getting outplayed and outworked and we turned it around in the second half.

    "We needed to make one more play or have one more ball bounce our way or get one more call.

    "It's disappointing [Doncic's injury] but, next man up. Obviously we lose a guy that's a great player, we don't know for how long, and I don't expect him to play against Milwaukee, that's just an opinion that's not a media release or anything like that, but we've got to circle the wagons with the guys that we have and play like we did in the second half, pretty simple. "

  • Bucks win 18th straight, Bulls stun Clippers Bucks win 18th straight, Bulls stun Clippers

    The Milwaukee Bucks stretched their winning streak in the NBA to 18 on Saturday, while the Los Angeles Clippers suffered a surprise loss.

    The Bucks cruised past the Cleveland Cavaliers 125-108 for an 18th straight win, which is the second longest streak in the team's history.

    Milwaukee were once again led by Giannis Antetokounmpo, who had 29 points in just 24 minutes.

    The Clippers' four-game winning run came to an end in a 109-106 loss to the Chicago Bulls.

    The Bulls claimed just their 10th victory of the season thanks largely to 31 points from Zach LaVine.

    Kawhi Leonard missed the encounter due to a knee injury.

    Super Siakam, marvellous Memphis

    Pascal Siakam's 30 points helped the Toronto Raptors past the Brooklyn Nets 110-102.

    The Memphis Grizzlies went 48-of-84 from the field to claim a 128-111 victory over the Washington Wizards.

     

    Doncic scare

    Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic suffered an ankle injury during the Dallas Mavericks' overtime loss to the Miami Heat.

    He played less than two minutes in the defeat.

     

    Murray's fine dunk

    The Denver Nuggets' Jamal Murray set up his own dunk by passing to himself off the backboard.

    Saturday's results

    San Antonio Spurs 121-119 Phoenix Suns
    Toronto Raptors 110-102 Brooklyn Nets
    Chicago Bulls 109-106 Los Angeles Clippers
    Memphis Grizzlies 128-111 Washington Wizards
    Miami Heat 122-118 Dallas Mavericks
    Milwaukee Bucks 125-108 Cleveland Cavaliers

     

    Lakers at Hawks

    The Los Angeles Lakers (23-3) will be eyeing a seventh straight win when they visit the Atlanta Hawks (6-20) on Sunday.

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