Do you know what the last thing in the world I would want to be right now is? The knee of a star point guard. Good Lord Almighty, I wouldn’t want to be Chris Paul’s or Russell Westbrook’s knees. Much like the Terminator eliminating one Sarah Connor after another, some evil presence is going after knees at a ferocious pace. My guess is that Derrick Rose performed some type of ritual to harness the power of other point guards’ knees to revive his own, but I have no proof of such tomfoolery.
Nevertheless, I believe there are some games for us to go over… — Mark Gallant
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SAN ANTONIO SPURS (-1.5) AT MILWAUKEE BUCKS | O/U: 208
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What the metrics say: Giannis Antetokounmpo was questionable to suit up after missing Friday’s win with a sprained ankle, but has been given the green light. As you might expect, he is very important to the Bucks’ success: They have been 12.9 points per 100 possessions better with him on the floor this season, which is in the 96th percentile of all players. The defense has really tanked anytime he’s been off the floor, giving up a miserable 9.9 points/100 more than with him on. Opponents have increased their effective field goal rate by 4.0 percent, their offensive rebound rate by 4.5 percent and their free throw rate by 3.6 percent with Giannis off the floor. Put simply, he’s a legit MVP candidate and helps his team in almost every area of the floor. — Bryan Mears