Around the NBA Eastern Conference: Jan. 18

Audio/Story posted January 18, 2020 in Sports, CommRadio by Josh Portney

Host Zech Lambert alongside Logan Bourandas, Ben Serfass and Gabe Angieri take a look around the NBA.

In the Eastern Conference, there’s a huge gap between the surging Milwaukee Bucks and the five dominant teams that sit at least 7½ games behind them. As we head into the midpoint of the regular season, the race to round out the remaining playoff spots in the East is far from decided.

Team of the Week

Currently on a five-game win streak and coming off a huge 128-123 win over the Boston Celtics, the Milwaukee Bucks are simply unstoppable. Giannis Antetokounmpo has led the team, averaging 30.1 points and 12.9 rebounds per game. Add in Khris Middleton, who shined with 23 points against Boston, and George Hill, who went perfect from beyond the arc in the win over Boston, and you have a stellar team.

Look out for the Bucks, as they ride this momentum beyond the All-Star Break and into the postseason. They are back in action on Saturday night on the road against the declining Brooklyn Nets, which have dropped their last two games.

Player of the Week

The Philadelphia 76ers are on the rise again, trying to separate themselves from the pack of five that are almost locks for the playoffs. In the absence of an injured Joel Embiid, shooting guard Josh Richardson has risen to the occasion, dropping an average of 21.2 points in his last five games.

If the Sixers are serious about their bid to return to the postseason, Richardson must continue to serve as an extra asset to this team. His high-scoring ability will certainly contribute to the Sixers as they make their way through the rest of the season, even if he comes off the bench.

Upcoming Games

On Monday, the Toronto Raptors cross the border and head down to Atlanta to play the Hawks for an afternoon special. The Hawks are sitting at the bottom of the Eastern Conference but recently beat the Suns and are hoping to earn a nice home upset and get their 11th win to leapfrog the Knicks. Look forward to the game of the week on Friday, when the Clippers travel to Miami to battle the Heat in a contest of two really good, surging teams.

Injury News

As mentioned before, Philadelphia 76ers star center Joel Embiid dislocated his finger and his condition has worsened, despite him re-entering the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. He was recently cleared for non-contact conditioning and will be re-evaluated in one to two weeks.

 

Josh Portney is a freshman majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact him, email jxp776@psu.edu.

About the Contributors

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Zech Lambert

Sophomore / Broadcast Journalism

Zech is a sophomore from Northampton, Pennsylvania. He currently produces weekly content for CommRadio in the form of articles and podcasts. He is also a co-host on the weekly talk show Ducks on the Pond. Over the summer, Zech will be covering the State College Spikes for TheCardinalNation.com. To contact him, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). You can also tweet him @Zech_Lambert with any random thoughts or just to have some sport banter.

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Logan Bourandas

Freshman / Broadcast Journalism

Logan Bourandas is a broadcast journalism major from Long Island, NY. He is a sports writer, news writer, sports broadcaster and talk show host for CommRadio. He got his start as the Station Manager for his high school radio station WPOB in his hometown of Plainview, NY where he hosted numerous radio shows and was involved in sports broadcasts. You can contact him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)