Henson will likely never be a big-time scorer, but he can have his moments, such as on Sunday in Atlanta when he scored 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting. No, Henson will be known more for his defense, and he showed that off this past week. Against the Hawks, he added nine rebounds, two steals and three blocks (as well as three assists). On Tuesday against Oklahoma City, he blocked three more shots. In the four games this season in which Henson has played more than 12 minutes, he's blocked at least three shots in each. Despite limited playing time, Henson is sixth in the NBA in blocks and leads the league in block percentage (9.2 percent). With Greg Monroe out for a couple of weeks, expect Henson to get more playing time than usual … and definitely more blocks.
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Rashad Vaughn, Bucks guard (➡ EVEN)
The fourth-year guard hadn't played much in Milwaukee's first five games, but then came off the bench against Atlanta. In 20 1/2 minutes, he tallied 12 points, making 4 of 6 3-pointers, with three rebounds. Two nights later he played 18 minutes vs. Oklahoma City, but had just nine points on 4-of-9 shooting (1 of 3 from beyond the arc). Also, reportedly the Bucks opted not to pick up his fifth-year option. So kind of a mixed bag for Vaughn this past week.
Badgers in the college football playoff (↓ DOWN)
Wisconsin came in at No. 9 in the first college football playoff rankings. Yes, there's a lot of football to be played. But now come creeping doubts that even if the Badgers run the table and go 13-0, with a win over likely Ohio State in the Big Ten title game, that UW would be left out of the final four. After all, what if Notre Dame, Clemson and Oklahoma (ranked 3-4-5) all win out as well? You figure Georgia and/or Alabama will make it, so … welp?
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Brett Hundley and Joe Callahan, Packers quarterbacks (↓ DOWN)
Yes, Green Bay didn't even play last week but on Wednesday it was reported that the Packers made a run at quarterback Brian Hoyer, who had been released by San Francisco, before he signed on with New England. So, how's that confidence in your quarterbacks now?
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Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks forward (↑ UP)
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Let's face it, we could put Giannis in here every week (as we did last week as well), so we'll pick and choose our spots. Antetokounmpo "only" reached 30 points in one of three games last week -- after having 32+ points in each of his first four contests -- but did score 28 in the other two. That means he's opened the season with seven straight games of 28 or more points. Since the 1976-77 season only two other players have had longer such streaks to begin a season -- Utah's Karl Malone (8 in 1992-93) and Chicago's Michael Jordan (10 in 1988-89 and 9 in 1986-87) -- meaning Antetokounmpo's seven-game output is the best in 25 years.
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