Breakfast Special: That Ain’t No Devastated Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo was “devastated” when the Milwaukee Bucks fired Jason Kidd last week.

But let’s face it; they’re 4-0 since the move, playing great basketball, and got their first win over a quality opponent in that mini-winning-streak when they beat the 76ers at home 107-95 Monday night.

Giannis had 31 points, 18 rebounds, six assists, and contributed to a defensive effort that held Philly to just 2-of-26 (7.7 percent!) shooting on threes.

The Bucks also turned the ball over just nine times (Nine times? Niiine tiiimes.)

Oh, and just to rub it in, Milwaukee hit 20-of-22 from the free throw line.

This was the kind of team defense and fundamentally sound basketball that Kidd never seemed able to coach out of his guys.

Victor Oladipo, You So Crazy

Oladipo had 25 points in the Pacers’ 105-96 handling of the Hornets in Indianapolis, while Myles Turner had 22 off the bench and for those of you here for your Tuesday dose of Pacers insight, stay tuned; I’ve got a bombshell to drop about Turner later today.

Domantas Sabonis had a double-double with 11 points and 10 boards, while Charlotte had their Big Three of Kemba Walker, Dwight Howard, and Nicolas Batum put up 23, 22, and 22 for a Triple 20…and get jack-all else from the rest of the team, which scored just 29 points on 13-of-36 shooting overall and just 1-of-15 from three.

The Pacers, meanwhile, shot 54.2 percent, another big Indiana win when they shoot the ball well.

Oladipo made Howard look silly…

…and claimed man of the match:

I Thought Hero Ball Died When Kobe Retired

Will Barton is not Kobe Bryant. But he had a Bryant-like case of Hero Ball Syndrome in the last second after Jaylen Brown put the Celtics ahead on a clutch 3…

Denver pulled back within a single point and had the game in their grasp when Barton…well…

From another angle:

Kyrie Irving had 27 on 11-of-17 for Boston, while Jayson Tatum‘s Rookie of the Year campaign continues apace as he had 21 on 8-of-13. Boston overall made 17 three pointers, including Brown’s game-winner, and that’s how this one was won.

But seriously, just watch the highlights of the wild finish:

Lightning Round!

Minnesota lost a should’ve-won-it game on the road at Atlanta; you don’t catch the Spurs by choking away the easy ones.

Kent Bazemore led the way for the Hawks with 22 points and a plus-20 differential on the court in the 105-100 win:

Tyreke Evans had 27 off the bench and the Memphis Grizzlies got everything they wanted on offense, going 56.6 percent from the field and hitting 11-of-22 three-pointers in a 120-109 smackdown of the Suns:

And finally, Miami put on another Dark Ages slog in Dallas, winning 95-88 and staying just one game back of Cleveland for third place in the East.

Hassan Whiteside led the way with 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting along with 14 rebounds, seven of them offensive, but not as offensive as the visual aesthetic of the Heat’s horrifying Miami Vice throwback jerseys:

Coming later today: It’s Two-for Tuesday! I’ll weigh in with my thoughts on the Pistons-Clippers blockbuster trade, along with a bombshell for Pacers fans about the role of Myles Turner on the team during the stretch run to the playoffs.

Stay tuned for that, and thanks for reading!