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Bucks vs. Magic score, takeaways: Giannis Antetokounmpo fuels Milwaukee to convincing Game 3 win, series lead

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Bucks vs. Magic score, takeaways: Giannis Antetokounmpo fuels Milwaukee to convincing Game 3 win, series lead

The Bucks have taken a 2-1 series lead after a dominant 121-107 win over the Magic in Game 3 Saturday. After a shocking loss in Game 1, the East’s top-seeded team came out in this game to prove that it is far and away the superior team compared to the Magic. On offense, Khris Middleton finally got it going for the Bucks as the All-Star guard finished the afternoon with 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists, while connecting on over 40 percent of his 3s. Giannis Antetokounmpo once again turned in an MVP performance to the tune of 35 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. On defense, Milwaukee swarmed all over Orlando, never letting the Magic get too comfortable to get shots up. 

Orlando tried to make a run in the fourth quarter, cutting what was a 34-point lead at one point down to 15, but the intensity from Giannis, in addition to the focused defense from the Bucks, never allowed them to put any real pressure on Milwaukee. Nikola Vucevic led the way again for the Magic, turning in a 20-point performance that was less efficient than his previous two games. The Bucks look like the dominant force they’ve been throughout the regular season, and are now just two games away from advancing to the next round. Game 4 of this series will take place on Monday at 1:30 p.m. ET. Here are three takeaways from the Bucks win.

1. Khris Middleton finally arrived 

In the first two games of this series, Middleton was essentially nonexistent for the Bucks on offense, combining for just 16 points, while shooting 25 percent from the field and 20 percent from deep. It was incredibly out of character from what we’d come to expect from Middleton throughout the regular season, as he averaged 21 points and shot well over 40 percent from the field and beyond the arc. 

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The All-Star forward was bound to snap out of his shooting slump at some point, and in Game 3 the lid finally came off the rim for him as he put up an efficient 17 points on 46.7 percent from the field and shot 3 of 6 from deep. Middleton was playing with far more confidence this time around, taking advantage of smaller defenders like Terrance Ross who tried to check him. While it was never time to sound the alarm on Middleton’s lack of scoring through the first two games of this series, it is encouraging to know that he’s been able to get things going early in the postseason now. Milwaukee is an incredibly deep team. However, this team relies heavily on Giannis and Middleton’s offensive play. After breaking through the ceiling Saturday, he can now just build on that momentum and continue to take advantage of mismatches against Orlando for the rest of this series. 

2. The Bucks finally looked like the Bucks … for three quarters

For thee quarters of action, Milwaukee actually looked like the dominating presence we’ve come to expect from this team all season. The Bucks weren’t letting the Magic get any easy looks, and were pressuring other guys on the team not named Nikola Vucevic to beat them. Some of what makes this team such an intimidating presence is the intensity that Giannis plays with. Even when Milwaukee was up by 30 points, the reigning MVP was scrapping on the floor for loose balls and screaming after every fastbreak dunk. He’s the engine that makes this team go not just on offense, but on the other side of the ball as well, and his energy echoed throughout the rest of the Bucks roster.

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However, while the Bucks held strong through three quarters, the fourth quarter got a little dicey as the Magic started to make a run. Although the game was never really close, Milwaukee still allowed Orlando to finish the game shooting nearly 50 percent from deep and 44 percent from the field. It allowed guys like Ross and D.J. Augustin to put up 20 points and ended up turning the ball over 19 times which resulted in 20 points for Orlando. The beginning of this game aligned with the defensively stout team Milwaukee has been throughout this season, but the tail end of this game should still be used as an example for the Bucks that they still have some tightening up to do before they face tougher opponents deeper in the postseason.

3. Credit to the Magic for fighting back in the fourth quarter

Orlando already accomplished the unthinkable, which was stealing a game away from the overpowering Bucks, and that was without Jonathan Isaac and Aaron Gordon. The last two outings haven’t remotely gone in the Magic’s favor, and through three quarters of Saturday’s game, it appeared as though Orlando was simply just giving up. Shots weren’t falling for anyone like they were in Game 1, and frustration set in during the second quarter when James Ennis and Marvin Williams got into it after the Bucks’ lead swelled to well over 20 points. Ennis and Williams started shoving each other, and both were ultimately ejected from the game. At that point in the game it seemed like the Magic were just frustrated and defeated, but on the back of Augustin’s 10 points in the fourth quarter, Orlando made Milwaukee sweat a bit and cut the lead down to 12 points. It didn’t get any closer than that, but after a disastrous three quarters for the Magic, at least Steve Clifford can take solace in knowing that his players showed some fight toward the end of the game.

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Sporting ensure they have already paid Sampdoria and eliminate the risk of expulsion from UEFA competitions – Sporting CP

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Sporting are required to prove by January 31 that they have no debts to Sampdoria, risking being excluded from European competition for the next three seasons. The decision was announced today by the Appeals Chamber of the UEFA Club Financial Control Council. Well, how Write down already reported, the content of the announcement made on Tuesday by the organization (risk of expulsion from European competitions) is denied by the Alvalade club, which now guarantees in an official statement that it has already settled the debt to the Italian logo.

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Rubén Amorim's reaction to the threat of expulsion of Sporting from UEFA competitions

The UEFA communiqué states that according to the agreement reached on 26 November last year, Sporting had to pay the corresponding amount (€1.527m) by 15 January, showing that at least until that date, if not before this Tuesday, the organization did not know that the situation was settled; The Lions categorically assure that they paid on January 11 and, despite the fact that the danger of not going to UEFA competitions has been removed, they are considering the possibility of appealing the decision announced today to CAS.

Read Sporting’s statement in full:

“Portugal Sports Club – Futebol, South Africa hereby clarifies that there is no risk of potential exclusion from European competition and that it is, as always, committed to protecting the interests of the club.

On 3 December, the First Chamber of the UEFA Club Financial Control Body decided to impose a fine of €250,000 on Sporting SAD and order Sporting SAD to pay the amount of €1,527,000 due to UC Sampdoria. , under threat of expulsion from European club competitions to qualify for the next three seasons. This decision was the subject of an internal appeal to the Appellate Body of the same body, which preferred to retain the sanctions applied in the first instance.

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It should be noted that not only the amount in question has been paid, but the entire debt owed to the aforementioned Italian club has been paid in full as of 11 January.

For this reason, the sanction of potential exclusion from European competitions does not and cannot be applied.

In any case, we inform you that the decision taken today can be appealed to CAS, the possibility that Sporting SAD will analyze as soon as the grounds for the decision are presented, taking into account that, despite full payment, the final removal risk of exclusion from European competitions, remains strongly in disagreement with the sanctions applied and the process that led to this decision.”

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Sporting ameaçado de exclusão das provas da UEFA – Sporting

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Leões garantem que já têm tudo regularizado com a Sampdoria

O Sporting corre o risco de ser excluído das competições da UEFA nas próximas três épocas se não fizer prova, até ao próximo dia 31, de que está a regularizar dívidas pendentes. Em causa está uma decisão da Câmara de Recursos do Comité de Controlo Financeiro de Clubes da UEFA, conhecida esta terça-feira, que rejeitou um apelo dos leões, no âmbito das medidas de Fair Play Financeiro do organismo, por valores em dívida.

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A UEFA avançará com a sanção se, até ao final do mês, o Sporting não fizer prova de um acordo para pagar valores que deveriam estar liquidados até ao passado dia 15.

A decisão agora revelada confirma textualmente a “exclusão do clube das próximas competições da UEFA (Liga dos Campeões, Liga Europa e Conference League) para as quais possa qualificar-se nas próximas três épocas (2022/23, 2023/24 e 2024/25 ), a menos que possa provar que a 31 de janeiro de 2022 pagou os valores que estavam em dívida a 15 de janeiro, em resultado de um acordo feito a 26 de novembro de 2021 com outro clube de futebol.”

O organismo manteve ainda uma multa de 250 mil euros ao Sporting.

Segundo record apurou, estará em causa o montante reclamado pela Sampdoria, na sequência da transferência de Bruno Fernandes para o Manchester United. O Sporting terá de pagar 5.5 milhões de euros ao clube italiano, ou seja, 10% do montante fixo do negócio com os red devils, efetuado em janeiro de 2020.

De acordo com uma fonte oficial da SAD do Sporting, a despeito do comunicado da UEFA, “a dívida já foi paga”.

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Entra Marcus Edwards, sai João Palhinha

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Entra Marcus Edwards, sai João Palhinha

O Sporting terá em vista o reforço das opções do plantel e já tem bem encaminhada a contratação de um avançado já muito falado nas últimas semanas.

Marcus Edwards, diz o Record, deverá custar aos cofres de Alvalade uma verba a rondar os oito milhões, isto por apenas metade do passe do inglês. Diz a mesma fonte que os leões oferecem menos que aquilo que o Vitória SC quer, algo na casa dos sete milhões que poderá chegar aos sete e meio. As duas direções encontraram-se e conversaram, escreve ainda o Record nesta terça-feira, e tudo parece estar quase combinado. Ainda assim, há surpresas no mercado do Sporting.

João Palhinha poderá ter os dias contados em Alvalade. O mesmo diário esclarece que o campeão nacional terá em visto um encaixe a rondar os 30 milhões de euros, mas a mesma verba não servirá para contratar Edwards. O médio português tem vários pretendentes desde o início da última temporada e poderá ser desta que a sua saída será consomada. O lugar de Palhinha poderia ser assegurado por Manuel Ugarte, jovem uruguaio que já foi chamado vários vezes para o lugar do português de 26 anos e respondeu com qualidade.

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