During pre-game activities of Game 4, the Atlanta Hawks will make a donation of musical instruments to the Atlanta Music Project’s newly-formed percussion program. Founded in 2010, the Atlanta Music Project provides intensive, tuition-free, music education to underserved youth right in their neighborhood and is launching a new percussion-focused program. AMP provides all students with an instrument, a teaching artist, classes and unique performance opportunities.
April 24, 2018 | 2:32 pm EDT Update
Anthony Slater: Quinn Cook has been matching up vs Tony Parker this series: “I used to have a DVD called Ankle Breakers. It had a 15-minute segment on Tony Parker. I got my spin move from Tony Parker.”
Logan Murdock: Kevin Durant expanded on the Russell Westbrook IG ‘like’ fiasco: “I know what it is nowadays. I know what the truth is. It is what it is. I don’t want problems with nobody.” Durant said it was a mistake strolling through his timeline.
Maker mentioned the video, which Garnett made as part of his “Area 21” show on TNT, as one of the reasons behind his turnaround. Garnett’s video shows various clips of the future Hall of Famer getting pumped up during moments in his career. “He posted it on his Instagram and somebody showed it to me,” Maker said after Tuesday’s shootaround. “And then I watched it and I sent it back to him and told him how motivational it was and said I liked it. So then we started talking.”
With Henson out again on Tuesday, Maker and veteran Tyler Zeller will be counted on to maintain the momentum the group has enjoyed recently. Despite his struggles throughout the season, the Bucks’ confidence in Maker has never wavered. “It came from last year, really,” Bucks swingman Khris Middleton said. “He started tons of games for us last year, started in the playoffs for us last year and he played well in his rookie year. This year he’s been up and down, I don’t know why, but when he’s gotten in the game [in the playoffs], he’s produced. That’s where the confidence is coming from. We’ve all seen him before.”
At 21, Maker is still trying to find stability within his own game. With the ability to communicate with Garnett whenever Maker needs some guidance, he knows he’s on the right track toward becoming the stabilizing presence the Bucks need him to be in the future. “He’s been big,” Maker said. “And not just for me, but also for other guys like Giannis [Antetokounmpo]. He spoke with Khris a few times. But just us as a team, if he’s coming to influence some of us and we put it together, it helps us because we have that same mentality as a team.”