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Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo Says Team’s Slow Starts Need to be Fixed

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The Milwaukee Bucks have started off the 2018-2019 season strong, and leading the Central Division standings, but franchise cornerstone Giannis Antetokounmpo says that the team’s slow starts to games needs to be addressed moving forward.

“We definitely need to fix it,” Antetokounmpo said, according to ESPN.

“We have to do a better job trying to set the tone. I think we did a better job this game, but we can do a lot better. But talent always saves us. I feel like we’re so talented that when were down 10, down 15, we can always get back in the game. But we know that down the road, that is not going to help us. We have to be able to set the tone and have control of the full game.”

The concern is shared by the Bucks coaching staff as well.

“I don’t want to overreact,” Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer said. “In a perfect world, you’d be great for all four quarters. That is kind of our goal, our mission, to play better for more of the 48 minutes than our opponent.”

Boston Celtics

Celtics’ Brad Stevens Praises Kyrie Irving

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After a stellar performance that fueled a Boston Celtics comeback victory over the Indiana Pacers in Game 3, Kyrie Irving appears to be in playoff form.

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens heaped some incredible praise on Irving for his impressive performance.

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Heat’s Udonis Haslem Uncertain About Future

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The Miami Heat celebrated the career of Dwyane Wade this past season, ahead of the future Hall of Famer’s retirement at the end of the season, but another franchise legend may be out the door soon as well.

Heat forward Udonis Haslem, who has spent his entire 16-year career with the Heat, reflected on the celebration of Wade.

“Although nothing on the scale of what Dwyane has done for his one last dance, a lot of people feel like I should take the time to be celebrated at some point,” Haslem said, according to Ira Winderman of The South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “Personally, as the person I am, I feel like the Haslem family as a whole deserves the opportunity to celebrate when my career does come to an end. So that has some effect on a decision that we make.”

Haslem also commented on an after party following Wade’s final game, which included all of Wade’s family.

“My stepmom wasn’t there, my father wasn’t there, my wife wasn’t there, my kids weren’t there,” Haslem said. “So that wasn’t my moment. That’s what makes it hard, either way.”

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Hornets’ Bismack Biyombo Picks Up Player Option for 2019-20 season

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Charlotte Hornets big man Bismack Biyombo has officially picked up his player option for the 2019-2020 season, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Biyombo, 26, is now set to make $17 million next season and is coming off a season where he averaged 4.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.

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