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Arron Afflalo

Arron Afflalo injures right triceps, could miss time


A few weeks back, the Trail Blazers were my dark horse pick to come out of the West. Golden State and San Antonio are the most likely to advance, but I could see Portland giving anyone and everyone trouble.

Then Wesley Matthews went down for the season. That seemed to end any dream of a run to the Finals.

Now his replacement Arron Afflalo may miss some time after an injury suffered Thursday night, via Jabari Young of CSNNW.com.

On Friday we likely will get a timeline, after the MRI.

The injury happened with about five minutes left in the game, as he was battling with Stephen Curry for position on the right block. It seems a fairly innocent play, here is the best view I could find of it.

Afflalo tried to play it down after the game.

Portland is in a lot of trouble in the playoffs as it is without Matthews, to lose Afflalo would almost certainly make Portland one and done.

Hopefully, it is not that serious and he will not miss much time.

Jason Kidd doubles down on non-explanation for benching Giannis Antetokounmpo

Bucks Training Camp

Giannis Antetokounmpo had started the last 64 games for the Milwaukee Bucks, and had appeared in the team’s last 145 before he was unceremoniously benched by head coach Jason Kidd in advance of Wednesday night’s contest against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Not only was Kidd not interested in discussing his reasons with reporters afterward, invoking the “coach’s decision” response six separate times, but he accused the media members who were present of asking “stupid questions” about why Antetokounmpo didn’t play.

A day later, Kidd was no less obstinate in discussing the situation.

From Charles Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

“You look back, Khris (Middleton) was down and didn’t play,” Kidd said. “I think it’s fair to say this isn’t the first time it happened.”

“Were any of the guys surprised?” Kidd said of Giannis not playing. “Because when you ask them, no one was surprised.”

Kidd said he chose not to disclose his exact reasons but hinted there were different factors. He said it was not punishment.

More Kidd: “Coach’s decision; that’s pretty powerful when it’s said. I think Pop made it famous when he put for Duncan, old behind it.”

I hate to go all #wellactually on Kidd here, but when Gregg Popovich rested Tim Duncan for a game in 2012, he didn’t stubbornly stick to “coach’s decision.” Instead, he had fun with it by listing Duncan as DND-Old, meaning the reason he didn’t dress for that game was due to his relatively advanced age.

When Kidd similarly benched Khris Middleton out of nowhere earlier in the year, Middleton admitted to being shocked, which was likely the desired reaction.

Antetokounmpo handled it professionally, even if Kidd has not, and he’s expected to return to the lineup for Friday’s contest against the Knicks.

Jason Kidd gives Giannis Antetokounmpo DNP-CD, won’t explain why

Milwaukee Bucks v Chicago Bulls

Giannis Antetokounmpo had played the Bucks’ last 145 games, including starting the last 64.

Until last night.

Jason Kidd gave the second-year forward a DNP-CD in Milwaukee’s loss to the Cavaliers.

Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

“He didn’t tell me,” Antetokounmpo answered when asked when head coach Jason Kidd told him he would sit. “No, he didn’t tell me.”

Was the benching for being late to practice? For rest? Because of an injury?

“I don’t know,” Antetokounmpo said after the game. “It was coach’s decision — I don’t know — for me not to play today.”

Kidd made it clear that sitting the 6-foot-11 second-year forward was his decision. He invoked the phrase “coach’s decision” six times during his postgame press conference.

“Coach’s decision,” Kidd said for the fourth time. “It was a coach’s decision. I don’t know what, you guys can’t hear? …You guys are smart. How about the game?”

Whatever the reasoning behind Kidd’s decision was, it wasn’t because Antetokounmpo is injured. The head coach was blunt with his answer when asked if there was a health issue involved.

“No, he was breathing,” Kidd said.

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If Antetokounmpo truly doesn’t know why he sat, that’s poor coaching by Kidd. Communication is key to building trust with players.

Either way, Kidd antagonizing the media for asking about the decision is poor form. He’s obviously not obligated to share his reasoning, but there’s clearly more to this than he’s letting on. You don’t just bench a player like Antetokounmpo for no reason. Reporters are going to inquire.

We’ll probably learn more at some point, though that’s hardly a lock.

The Bucks will probably finish with the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference, but they haven’t even clinched a playoff berth. What could Antetokounmpo have done to sit him during this key stretch? And was it bad enough for him to miss more games?

I don’t know how many people know the answer to those questions, but Kidd is one – and he’s not telling.