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Bucks’ Guard Rashad Vaughn Talks Upcoming Season, CrossFit Games, Diet

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The Milwaukee Bucks have an opportunity to make some noise in a weakened Eastern Conference this upcoming season.

With teams like the Indiana Pacers losing key players and teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers in a bit of inner-turmoil, an up and coming team like the Bucks could seize the opportunity to land among the elites of the Eastern Conference.

“We have our core back together so that is really exciting” Bucks guard Rashad Vaughn told me.

(Vaughn at the CrossFit Games | Credit: Zevia)

“A lot of people are going to have their eyes on us and I think we can really make some noise in the East.

Anyone can win on any night. We have a strong team that will go out and compete to win, no matter what team is on the other bench.”

One Eastern Conference team that made drastic improvements was the Boston Celtics who had a solid draft by adding Jayson Tatum and landed Gordon Heyward in free agency.

Despite the Celtic’s upgrades, Vaughn keeps the emphasis on Milwaukee.

“We already had a really strong roster so for us, getting the core back playing together and starting to re-establish our chemistry has been key” he said.

Part of improving is the offseason training a particular player can undergo, and Vaughn has been relentless this offseason undertaking a diet change and amping up his dedication to CrossFit.

CrossFit really struck a cord with Vaughn.

“This event with Zevia was my first time trying it out” Vaughn explained.

“There are definitely some things I could incorporate in to my workouts – a lot of the upper body exercises could help me get stronger and improve my shooting.”

Vaughn also altered his diet by focusing on cutting back on his sugar intake.

“I always make sure the offseason equals improvement” Vaughn said.

“My training is at its most intense so it is more important that I fuel my body the right way. I cut soda and candy out and it has given me more energy, I recover faster and sleep better.”

Vaughn, 20, spent his 1st two NBA seasons with the Bucks, finished the 2016-2017 season posting 3.5 points per game and 1.2 rebounds a game.

 

Anthony DiMoro is the creator of Sports Rants and the CEO of Elite Rank Media and DiMoro Enterprises LLC. He is a former Contributor for Forbes and the Huffington Post where he covered sports, social media, and SEO. Anthony hosts the Anthony DiMoro Show podcast, and formerly hosted the 'Forbes SportsMoney Podcast'.

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NBA Playoff Schedule 2018

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Are you ready for the NBA Playoffs? Well, we have you covered with the full NBA Playoff schedule including game times, TV coverage info, matchups and dates.

Here is how things are breaking down, schedule wise, per NBA.com. NOTE: * = if necessary

Western Conference

No. 1 Houston Rockets vs. No. 8 Minnesota Timberwolves

Game 1: Minnesota Timberwolves at Houston Rockets: April 15 at 9 p.m. ET on TNT

Game 2: Minnesota Timberwolves at Houston Rockets: April 18 at 9:30 p.m. ET on TNT

Game 3: Houston Rockets at Minnesota Timberwolves: April 21 at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN

Game 4: Houston Rockets at Minnesota Timberwolves: April 23 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT

*Game 5: Minnesota Timberwolves at Houston Rockets: April 25 at TBD

*Game 6: Houston Rockets at Minnesota Timberwolves: April 27 at TBD

*Game 7: Minnesota Timberwolves at Houston Rockets: April 29 at TBD

 

No. 2 Golden State Warriors vs. No. 7 San Antonio Spurs

Game 1: San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors: April 14 at 3 p.m. ET on ABC

Game 2: San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors: April 16 at 10:30 p.m. ET on TNT

Game 3: Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs: April 19 at 9:30 p.m. ET on TNT

Game 4: Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs: April 22 at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC

*Game 5: San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors: April 24 at TBD

*Game 6: Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs: April 26 at TBD

*Game 7: San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors: April 28 at TBD

 

No. 3 Portland Trail Blazers vs. No. 6 New Orleans Pelicans

Game 1: New Orleans Pelicans at Portland Trail Blazers: April 14 at 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN

Game 2: New Orleans Pelicans at Portland Trail Blazers: April 17 at 10:30 p.m. ET on TNT

Game 3: Portland Trail Blazers at New Orleans Pelicans: April 19 at 9 p.m. ET on NBA TV

Game 4: Portland Trail Blazers at New Orleans Pelicans: April 21 at 5 p.m. ET on TNT

*Game 5: New Orleans Pelicans at Portland Trail Blazers: April 24 at TBD

*Game 6: Portland Trail Blazers at New Orleans Pelicans: April 26 at TBD

*Game 7: New Orleans Pelicans at Portland Trail Blazers: April 28 at TBD

 

No. 4 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. No. 5 Utah Jazz

Game 1: Utah Jazz at Oklahoma City Thunder: April 15 at 6:30 p.m. ET on TNT

Game 2: Utah Jazz at Oklahoma City Thunder: April 18 at 8 p.m. ET on NBA TV

Game 3: Oklahoma City Thunder at Utah Jazz: April 21 at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN

Game 4: Oklahoma City Thunder at Utah Jazz: April 23 at 10:30 p.m. ET on TNT

*Game 5: Utah Jazz at Oklahoma City Thunder: April 25 at TBD

*Game 6: Oklahoma City Thunder at Utah Jazz: April 27 at TBD

*Game 7: Utah Jazz at Oklahoma City Thunder: April 29 at TBD

 

Eastern Conference

No. 1 Toronto Raptors vs. No. 8 Washington Wizards

Game 1: Washington Wizards at Toronto Raptors: April 14 at 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN

Game 2: Washington Wizards at Toronto Raptors: April 17 at 7 p.m. ET on NBA TV

Game 3: Toronto Raptors at Washington Wizards: April 20 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2

Game 4: Toronto Raptors at Washington Wizards: April 22 at 6 p.m. ET on TNT

*Game 5: Washington Wizards at Toronto Raptors: April 25 at TBD

*Game 6: Toronto Raptors at Washington Wizards: April 27 at TBD

*Game 7: Washington Wizards at Toronto Raptors: April 29 at TBD

 

No. 2 Boston Celtics vs. No. 7 Milwaukee Bucks

Game 1: Milwaukee Bucks at Boston Celtics: April 15 at 1 p.m. ET on TNT

Game 2: Milwaukee Bucks at Boston Celtics: April 17 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT

Game 3: Boston Celtics at Milwaukee Bucks: April 20 at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN

Game 4: Boston Celtics at Milwaukee Bucks: April 22 at 1 p.m. ET on ABC

*Game 5: Milwaukee Bucks at Boston Celtics: April 24 at TBD

*Game 6: Boston Celtics at Milwaukee Bucks: April 26 at TBD

*Game 7: Milwaukee Bucks at Boston Celtics: April 28 at TBD

 

No. 3 Philadelphia 76ers vs. No. 6 Miami Heat

Game 1: Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers: April 14 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN

Game 2: Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers: April 16 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT

Game 3: Philadelphia 76ers at Miami Heat: April 19 at 7 p.m. ET on TNT

Game 4: Philadelphia 76ers at Miami Heat: April 21 at 2:30 p.m. ET on TNT

*Game 5: Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers: April 24 at TBD

*Game 6: Philadelphia 76ers at Miami Heat: April 26 at TBD

*Game 7: Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers: April 28 at TBD

 

No. 4 Cleveland Cavaliers vs. No. 5 Indiana Pacers

Game 1: Indiana Pacers at Cleveland Cavaliers: April 15 at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC

Game 2: Indiana Pacers at Cleveland Cavaliers: April 18 at 7 p.m. ET on TNT

Game 3: Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana Pacers: April 20 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN

Game 4: Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana Pacers: April 22 at 8:30 p.m. ET on TNT

*Game 5: Indiana Pacers at Cleveland Cavaliers: April 25 at TBD

*Game 6: Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana Pacers: April 27 at TBD

*Game 7: Indiana Pacers at Cleveland Cavaliers  April 29 at TBD

 

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BREAKING: Milwaukee Bucks Fire Jason Kidd

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In the NBA, with the NBA All-Star game fast approaching, the Milwaukee Bucks have announced that they are firing head coach Jason Kidd. This according to ESPN.

Currently, they are above .500 with a record of 23-28. Milwaukee is 3rd in the Central division and 8th in the Eastern Conference.

Joe Prunty, who is the assistant coach of the Milwaukee Bucks will coach the team on Monday according to NBA on ESPN analyst Adrian Wojnarowski.

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Milwaukee Bucks Blow Out Toronto Raptors In Game 3

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The Toronto Raptors came out during pre-game introductions to the ‘Barney’ theme song but it was the Milwaukee Bucks who truly embarrassed them.

If it wasn’t for the Chicago Bulls shocking the Boston Celtics right now, the NBA world would be talking about the young Milwaukee Bucks who are showing everyone that their rebuild process is far ahead of schedule.

The Bucks beat down, humiliated and manhandled the Raptors in Game 3, 104-77 and left many wondering if Toronto could rebound from such a devastating loss.

“We got our ass busted” Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry said after the game.

Milwaukee did all of this without a monster game from superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo who scored 19 points and pulled down 8 boards.

The Bucks, thanks in part to Tony Snell’s smothering defense, held DeMar DeRozan to an abysmal 0-8 shooting, making him the first 25-points-per-game scorer to go 0-for-3 or worse in an NBA playoff game in the same season.

Yikes.

“I still think we can win the series,” Lowry said. “It’s a terrible feeling, the way we got our ass beat. It’s a terrible feeling. [But] our confidence is not changed. We’ll be fine.”

Bucks coach Jason Kidd spoke about the team’s experience level in matching up with Toronto.

“I’m a young coach, so I think we all fit with the experience level,” said Kidd.

“The guys on the floor and on the bench support them, and the coaching staff has done everything to prepare them for this moment. It’s up to them to be basketball players, and they’re very comfortable with doing that. We try to keep things simple and have fun with it, and they do all the work.”

Toronto was held to 77 points, it’s lowest playoff score since they scored 63 against the Detroit Pistons in 2002.

“They ambushed us,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “There was no aspect of our game that we executed whatsoever.”

“We’ll make changes … As a staff we have to do a better job of finding ways for openings and space for us to score” Casey said.

The Eastern Conference may have to prepare to be shocked, especially if both the Bulls and the Bucks can pull off the big 1st round upsets.

The NBA has been turned upside down. For the moment at least.

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