The Rockets gave James Harden the puppy treatment for National Puppy Day

The Rockets celebrated National Puppy Day by covering James Harden in puppies.

Brown is another riser throughout the course of the season. He was someone scouts were excited for in the preseason, but it took him time to put everything together. To be honest, he still hasn’t quite gotten there yet. He needs to improve as a ball-handler, and his jumper is not quite consistent enough.

But he’s a freak athlete at 6-foot-5 with a 6-foot-10 wingspan, and he steps up in Miami’s biggest games. He’s someone who could really help himself by returning and showcasing the skills mentioned above after some improvement. But the baseline is already there for him.

He’s the anchor of what has become a dangerous postseason team for anyone in the top half of the East bracket. Milwaukee has moved into a tie for fifth in the conference, bolstered by the return of guard Khris Middleton from a hamstring injury. The Bucks have won 13 of their last 16 games, which includes a 7-2 mark on the road. Antetokounmpo is still rounding into form, still becoming what he’s going to be. But a strong finish and a good playoff showing would be another step forward.

“I am still growing, still trying to grow and mature,” Antetokounmpo said. “I want to help my team any way I can, and I think for us, getting in the playoffs, that would be most important, playing in important games is the best way. I just want to keep improving. I have a lot I need to learn.”

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