If the easier road in the Eastern Conference is from seventh place instead of sixth, the Milwaukee Bucks aren’t interested in taking it.
They know they aren’t going to get the right playoff mindset by losing.
If you have that mentality it kind of carries over to the postseason and you become a complacent basketball player, forward Jabari Parker said.
Parker made his second start of the season in Antetokounmpo’s place and finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds. John Henson had 15 points and 12 boards for the Bucks, who hoped to get point guard Malcolm Brogdon back but will have to wait a little longer as they try to become the dangerous team they think they can be.
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We know how good we can be and we’ve shown it, coach Joe Prunty said. We’ve shown it in games and over stretches of games, but similar to what we were talking about earlier, we have also had lulls Dustin McGowan Youth jersey or games where we haven’t played as well as we’d like to or need to, and that’s what we’re trying to build on every day.
With the loss, and Memphis’ win over Detroit, Phoenix — at 20-61 — is assured the worst record in the NBA and, consequently, the most ping pong balls in the May 15 draft lottery.
Danuel House scored a career-high 22 points for Phoenix. Alex Len added 16 points and 10 rebounds, Dragan Bender 14 points and 14 boards, and Tyler Ulis 15 points and 10 assists.
The Warriors, who had lost two in a row and five of their previous eight, were already locked in to the No. 2 playoff spot in the Western Conference and working to get healthy for the playoffs, but still had Durant, Thompson and Draymond Green in the lineup against the severely depleted Suns.
Phoenix was without Devin Booker (right hand sprain), T.J. Warren (left knee inflammation), Josh Jackson (right quad contusion), Marquese Chriss (hip soreness), Elfrid Payton (left knee) and Alan Williams (right knee soreness). Troy Daniels tried to play despite a sprained ankle but sat out the second half.
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The goal these last couple of games is to avoid any further health issues, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.