The latest round of ESPN layoffs included basketball icons Chad Ford and Marc Stein and while the names might come as a surprise, it’s just a sign of the times.
There was joy in the Toronto Raptors Serge Ibaka’s game again as his ankle didn’t betray him as he lifted off for a block or a jump shot in Game Five vs the Bucks.
Thursday night the Raptors 905 have a chance to win the NBA D-League championship in just their second year of operation when they host the Rio Grande Vipers in the third and deciding game of this best of three series.
“(Pascal Siakam), he played big time,” Raptors 905 head coach Jerry Stackhouse said. “At the end of the game Pascal especially, he just showed that he can pretty much put us on his back and willed the game for us.”
But of course there was more to this Toronto Raptors win over the Bucks then just having everything in the universe fall into line like it was supposed to. It was Norman Powell’s time to shine.
Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd, “For a lot of these guys they’ve never seen this. You’re talking about a team that’s been to the Eastern Conference Finals. They’ve been there and their coach has seen this before.”
“Thon Maker has a high basketball IQ,” Milwaukee Bucks veteran Jason Terry said. “His work ethic is great and the thing about him is his attitude. He’s not over-confident, he’s not cocky, but he has enough confidence to him have success.”