LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo to sit out Lakers-Bucks

first_imgMeantime, the Los Angeles Times reports that Lance Stephenson will miss another game because of a sprained toe and Josh Hart is in jeopardy of sitting out, though the Lakers could get Tyson Chandler back.LeBron James (sore left groin) is out for tonight’s game in Milwaukee.— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) March 19, 2019The announcement hit at least one fan particularly hard in the pocketbook, according to The Action Network. Someone paid $6,970.50 on StubHub for two courtside seats, presumably for an up-close look at James and Antetokounmpo.$6,970.50: What a fan paid on StubHub, including fees, for two courtside seats tonight for Lakers at Bucks. Both LeBron & Giannis are not playing. 🤷‍♂️— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) March 19, 2019James played Sunday in the team’s third straight loss, to the Knicks, after being rested Friday against the Pistons. LeBron James discusses pitch to upcoming free agents: Lakers ‘cater to the players’ James has been ruled out with groin soreness, the Lakers announced, while Antetokounmpo is nursing a sore ankle that had left him questionable for the game. He’s listed as day-to-day.The Bucks announced that Antetokounmpo, Sterling Brown, Pau Gasol and Donte DiVincenzo are out Tuesday. Related News Sorry, Milwaukee.LeBron James is being shut down — for now. And the Bucks will be without their biggest star, Giannis Antetokounmpo, among others for Tuesday night’s game.center_img With the Lakers on the verge of missing the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season, James’ playing time already had been reduced to a career-low 35.3 minutes per game.According to The Athletic, Lakers coach Luke Walton said the team has not discussed shutting him down for the final stretch of the regular season.The first-place Bucks (52-18) are slated to host the Lakers (31-39) at 8 p.m. ET. Luke Walton defends LeBron James after ugly Knicks losslast_img read more

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Zion Williamson on leading Duke: ‘I don’t feel the pressure’

first_imgZion Williamson has played an integral role in leading Duke during the regular season and through the NCAA Tournament, but the star forward said he doesn’t “really feel the pressure.” At just 18 years old, Williamson has come up big down the stretch when the Blue Devils needed it most. Of the four conference games Duke lost this season, Williamson was out for three recovering from a knee sprain. He helped secure the ACC Tournament victory against North Carolina with 31 points and 11 rebounds. And when it looked like Central Florida was going to win the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Williamson dropped another 32 points and 11 rebounds.  But Williamson doesn’t believe he needs to have a “monster game” every night because of the depth Duke has with freshmen R.J. Barrett and Cam Reddish. “I don’t feel the pressure to have that every game because we have a lot of talented players on this team,” Williamson told reporters. “So like we just move the ball and attack. And whoever has the hot hand, that’s who is going to have the monster night.” Related News Mike Krzyzewski on Duke’s freshmen: ‘If you like basketball, you should like these kids’ Junior forward Jack White gave credit to Williamson for how he has handled the expectations this season.“He always handles it all in a great way,” White said (via USA Today). “Just being around him every day, if you didn’t know that, then you’d have no idea about all the attention he receives. He’s just like another guy on our team, really, in how he acts and carries himself. And as a teammate, he’s just great. He’s just all about winning. He just lets his game do the talking.”center_img Coach Mike Krzyzewski, however, acknowledged “there’s pressure on us all the time” and addressed some of the expectations that come from being a Blue Devil.“You have to make sure that you’re adapting to coaching a young group at this time in civilization, and not four years ago or five years ago,” Krzyzewski said. “And these guys have been really good to adapt to. Our program has incredibly high expectations from within and from without. And that’s good. And so if we succeed, we succeed famously. And if we do not succeed, we have tried to succeed famously. And I like that aspect of our program immensely.”East Region’s top-seed Duke will face No. 4 Virginia Tech in the Sweet 16 on Friday, with tip off set for 9:39 p.m. ET. Duke star Zion Williamson explains why he never considered shutting it down after injurylast_img read more

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