Getting ready for the second edition of Hawks’ win-or-go-home basketball. We’ll be live blogging shortly. But first, here are two bits of news from the Milwaukee Bucks regarding injured center Andrew Bogut and their serial Tweeting guard, Brandon Jennings.
♦ Bogut is alive! He’s active! He’s Willis Reed!
OK, he’s not playing — so says Bucks coach Scott Skiles. But for the first time since suffering a broken hand and dislocated elbow April 3, Bogut is active for a game. The irony here is that this week is the 40th anniversary of Reed dragging his leg onto the court to play Game 7 of the NBA finals for the New York Knicks against the Los Angeles Lakers, despite a torn muscle in his hip. Skiles insisted Bogut (who still has a wrap on his hand) will not play and is active only because guard Charlie Bell is out (quasi-suspended) for disciplinary reasons. Skiles would not divulge what Bell did to earn the benching.
♦ Jennings, who is coming off a 4-for-15 performance in Game 6, got into it a little with Bucks fans Saturday via Twitter. Jennings (@yungbuck3) has had Twitter issues in the past, even getting fined by NBA commissioner David Stern for post-game Tweeting and battling the Lakers’ Jordan Farmar in cyberspace (only to find out later it wasn’t really Farmar but a phony account).
But Saturday, Milwaukee fans got on Jennings for perceptions that he wasn’t focusing on Game 7 enough because he wanted to watch the Cleveland-Boston game on TV and the Floyd Mayweather-”Sugar” Shane Mosley fight on pay-per-view.
A few of Jennings’ Tweets:
In ATL….. Finna chill eat and watch cavs game then the fight….. If that’s ok, with you guys. Or should I be focusing! …
that’s what I’m sayin I got a life outside of basketball to[sic]. …
Some of y’all getting on my nervous [sic] talking about focus for the game, ummm the game is tomorrow. Like y’all chill out I’m good.
By the way, Jennings also Tweeted this morning that he wasn’t feeling well. He confirmed before the game that he has a sore threat but expected to “play through it.”
When asked in the locker room about his give-and-take with Bucks’ fans, he said: “Yeah, [they said] I should focus on the game. I should be focusing now. But I have a life outside of basketball. There’s a lot of things going on. Of course you’re gonna want to watch the fight. Of course you want to watch LeBron and them play. You want to chill out. If you keep you’re mind on the game all the time you’re gong to be in a room going crazy.”
Did they get under your skin?
“Yeah, a little bit,” he said. “Because, like, I have a life. I’m 20 years old. I can’t think about basketball every single day. I’ve got time to focus now.”
Finally, here’s one pre-game comment from each coach.
Skiles, alluding to his players not “feeling comfortable” in Game 6, leading to the loss: “I’d like to see both teams play well in the same game and see what happens.”
Mike Woodson, on what words he would have for his players: “Just remember how you played in Game 6.”
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