the Bucks, the only team still undefeated

After almost 2 weeks of competition, the NBA is starting to see a small hierarchy take shape. While some confirmed their good start to the season, others confirmed their shortcomings. Only one team remains undefeated, the 2021 NBA champions, the Milwaukee Bucks with a Giannis Antetokounmpo on a mission. At the bottom of the standings, the Lakers and the Nets have sounded the alarm. Here’s our NBA week two review!

The Bucks launched well, the Cavs in ambush

We expect them, and they’ve been there from the beginning! The Milwaukee Bucks (5-0), although deprived of Khris Middleton, has not experienced a loss this season, it is true that they have been helped by a loose schedule (4 games in Wisconsin out of 5). But that is nevertheless no reason not to admit that Giannis Antetokounmpo (see below) is walking in the League. Dominating as in the last Eurobasket, the Greek freak crushes everything in its path, whether in the offensive or defensive phase. If this is just the beginning of the season, the Bucks are showing their certainty in the eyes of their opponents. Behind, a team manages to follow the rhythm, the Cleveland Cavaliers (5-1). With regards to Darius Garland’s injury, the Cavs are showing a collective attractive face like a Donovan Mitchell at the top of his game (32 pts, 7 assists and 5 rebounds). Finally, the Boston Celtics (4-2) and the Atlanta Hawks (4-2) are also showing positive signs that they should be counted on for the 2022/2023 season in the Eastern Conference.

In the Western Conference, the ranking is still surprising. While we’re talking about surprises this week, teams like the Portland Trail Blazers (5-1), the Utah Jazz (5-2) and the San Antonio Spurs (5-2) did not budge! Continuing to offer us great play and no real stars aside from the Blazers with Damian Lillard, these teams deserve to be at the top of the Western Conference. Amidst the shocking frankness, the Phoenix Suns (5-1) fight! The best team of the regular season last year, the Suns of Devin Booker are finding the colors that have always been with them (Chris Paul, Mikal Bridges, Camerone Johnson and others). Be careful not to bury them! The Memphis Grizzlies (4-2) and the New Orleans Pelicans (4-2) are not far from the top teams and are making their way without necessarily making noise but with a solid collective. Good week for OKC Thunder (3-3), which is just a chain of 3 ranked victories on the wheel of Shai Gilgeous Alexander (31.7 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists) who was voted player of the week for this conference.

California in trouble, the Nets sink

Currently, California is not the state in the United States where NBA teams have won! The Los Angeles Lakers finally opened their counter (1-5) in the last match against the Nuggets but it does not erase the shortcomings observed by Lebron James, Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis who still lack shooter and collective play. An equally concerned observation for the neighbor of Clippers (2-4). Remaining in a 4-game losing streak, Paul George’s teammates will have to do it again without Kawhi Leonard, embarrassed by his knee, but mainly lacking in the game. Among the defending champions, the Golden State Warriors (3-4), the lack of defensive intensity becomes the main problem. 3 defeats in the last 4 meetings angered Steve Keer who did not hesitate to give a big rant in the locker room.

In the Eastern Conference, the Brooklyn Nets (1-5) are still disappointing. Steve Nash’s troops did not defend a kopeck and problems multiplied. Kyrie Irving is constantly being talked about off the pitch and Ben Simmons doesn’t know what it’s like to take a shot. It’s hard to see improvement in a short period of time. The record is also poor for the Miami Heat (2-5). Fluctuating in effort, Jimmy Butler and his teammates need to raise their defensive level to find their DNA that has made them successful in recent years.

NBA Player of the Week: Giannis Antetokounmpo

The Greek Freak warned that this period would be one of reconquest, and the Greek was not wrong this time. Author of an absolutely terrifying second week of competition with almost 36 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists on average (as well as an undeniable defensive presence), his team in the Milwaukee Bucks is still undefeated with 5 wins as many as met. While awaiting the return of his lieutenant, Khris Middleton, Giannis stepped into his role as leader to lead the Bucks to the top of the NBA.

The week of the French in the NBA

Mixed week among tricolor representatives. After a very productive first week with his new team the Minnesota Timberwolves, Rudy Gobert is at a much more difficult level, as his team alternates between good and not-so-good. Next to a brilliant Jalen Brunson, Evan Fournier continues to bring space to the Knicks. 4th offensive option, the Blues captain may achieve less brilliance, but his performance is more consistent. Nice surprise this week with a Theo Maledon who gets playing time with the Hornets and optimizes it. The French leader is largely more aggressive in attack and Steve Clifford has no hesitation in giving him minutes.

Aggressiveness and skill, that’s what’s missing Killian Hayes. With a huge loss of confidence, the Pistons leader always struggled to be productive on offense. Missing so many balls, his place in the rotation could be called into question. On his side, Nicholas Batum is like his struggling Clippers team. Lacking skill, Batman knew he needed to bring more than he currently did.

French player statistics

Rudy Gobert (Minnesota Timberwolves): 14.1 pts, 14.7 rebounds, 1.8 blocks

Evan Fournier (New York Knicks): 11.8 pts, 2.8 rebounds, 1.7 ast

Nicholas Batum (Los Angeles Clippers): 4.8 pts, 3.5 rebounds, 1 ast

Theo Maledon (Charlotte Hornets): 6.8 pts, 1.2 rebounds, 2.8 ast

Killian Hayes (Detroit Pistons): 2.9 pts, 2.3 rebounds, 3.6 ast

Ousmane Dieng (Oklahoma City Thunder): 1.8 pts, 1.6 rebounds, 1 ast

Moussa Diabate (Los Angeles Clippers): 1.5 pts, 1 rebounds, 0.5 ast

Frank Ntilikina (Dallas Mavericks): injured

Olivier Sarr (Portland Trail Blazers): injured

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