Friday’s five biggest NBA talking points

By Jacob Panons

Boston can clutch.

The Boston Celtics proved that they can turn it on when they need it most as they came back from a 22 point deficit to beat the Phoenix Suns 116-109.

The Suns will be kicking themselves as all they had to do was run down the clock but with 17 seconds to play Irving stole the ball before setting up Jaylen Brown to bring his franchise within touching distance.

Marcus Morris stole the show as he scored from outside the arch to level the score and force the game to go to overtime.

In overtime the Celtics outplayed the Suns leaving Devin Booker with his head in his hands as his team faced another loss.

Kyrie shines once again

Kyrie Irving scored an eye watering 39 as the Celtics made an impressive comeback against the Suns and seems to have recaptured his form from last season.

In the last five games the former Cleveland Cavalier guard has averaged 29.4 points a game compared to his 16.2 points a game from the first five games of the season.

Irving will be hoping that his new-found form may be able to kickstart the Celtics’ season as the Boston franchise have not started the new season as well as they had hoped with many fans expecting them to finish first in the Eastern Conference.

Fear the deer

The Milwaukee Bucks continue to impress this season and have arguably played their best game of the season after beating the Golden State Warriors 134-111.

The Bucks now boast a record of 9-2 while placing second in the Eastern Conference behind the Toronto Raptors.

The Warriors were without Draymond Green and the All-Star could only look on in awe as Giannis Antetokounmpo tore apart the champions along with Eric Bledsoe scoring a combined score of 50.

The Bucks have been the surprise package this year, looking as if they will finish first or second in the Eastern Conference for the first time in 18 years.

The Greek Freak for MVP?

Antetokounmpo was a contender for the regular season MVP last season but this year the Greek forward sits firmly in the driver’s seat as the Bucks star continues to shine.

The Greek Freak has picked up where he left off last season averaging 25.6 points a game along with 12.9 rebounds and 5.7 assists.

The odds for Antetokounmpo to be crowned the regular season MVP are 7/2 but he faces competition from Lebron James (4/1), Anthony Davis (9/2), and Steph Curry (5/1) to name a few (odds from Sky Bet).

Melo shooting 9%?

Carmelo Anthony had a night to forget against his former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, as he scored a frightfully low score of two in 20 minutes of play.

The 6’8 forward had a field goal percentage of 9% scoring only one shot from 11.

Anthony infamously scored one point in 30 minutes for the New York Knicks back in 2012 while playing against the Charlotte Bobcats (now the Charlotte Hornets).

The 10-time All-Star has struggled in recent years with Anthony recording his lowest ever points average over a season while playing for the Thunder last year (16.2), this year he is also yet to find his rhythm as he averages 13.4 from 10 games.

Edited by Alexander Robertson

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