Bucks hot on the Celtics heals

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Bucks hot on the Celtics heals

MILWAUKEE Fear the Deer is more than just an antiquated catch-phrase that once upon a time was applicable to the Milwaukee Bucks.

It is real right now!

No team in the Eastern Conference is playing better basketball than the Bucks, who come into tonight's game against Boston riding a six-game winning streak.

Milwaukee (21-24) has risen from an injury-riddled club bound for the NBA lottery, to one that's entrenched in the playoff race with the likes of the Celtics (24-21) just a couple games ahead of them.

The Bucks are currently in ninth place in the East after a 4-9 start to the season.

"They've played well, they're playing together and they're making shots," said C's coach Doc Rivers. "They're just cranking; they're playing well."

In the midst of their recent run, the Bucks added high-scoring guard Monta Ellis via a trade with Golden State, giving Milwaukee a lethal backcourt scoring tandem with Ellis (21.6 points per game) paired with Brandon Jennings who has been the Bucks' top scorer this season with 18.8 points per game.

"Monta's a great scorer," said Jennings, who added that the trade did come as a surprise. "I'm happy to have him. He can take a lot of pressure off me and a lot of other players out here."br>
Bucks coach Scott Skiles acknowledged that there were discussion about whether to pursue the trade when at the time, Milwaukee was riding a then-four game winning streak.

"You can't make every trade based on what's happening now," Skiles said. "It's also got to be based on looking forward. Hopefully anytime you make a roster move, you're thinking about short-term and long term, and not necessarily in that order."

In addition to Ellis, Milwaukee also added former first-round pick Ekpe Udoh who provides added depth for the Bucks front court.

"So far, Monta and Ekpe have fit in really well," Skiles said. "We just have to hope to keep it going."

Brown apologizes for 'distraction' caused by Facebook Live video

Brown apologizes for 'distraction' caused by Facebook Live video

Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown posted an apology on social media Tuesday night for his Facebook Live video that has caused a stir over the last few days.

"I let my emotions and genuine excitement get the best of me, and I wanted to share that moment with our fans," said Brown in a statement on his Twitter. ""It was wrong of me to do, against team and NFL policy, and I have apologized to Coach Tomlin and my teammates for my actions.

"I'm sorry to them for letting it become a distraction and something that they've had to answer questions about while we're preparing for a big game on Sunday."

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that he has “absolutely no worries on the video's effect" on Sunday's game against the Patriots, but it was "selfish and inconsiderate" of his star wide receiver.

Brown could still be fined for violating the league's social-media policy. The policy states that players, coaches and football operations personnel are banned from using social media on game days 90 minutes before kickoff, during games, and before "traditional media interviews."

Koppen: Antonio Brown should know locker room isn’t time for Facebook posts

Koppen: Antonio Brown should know locker room isn’t time for Facebook posts

Former NFL player Dan Koppen says the team locker room after a win is a sacred place and that Steelers WR Antonio Brown should know not to be posting on Facebook.