“Greek Freak” Leads Bucks to 143-100 Rout of Trail Blazers

first_imgMILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo figured the Portland Trail Blazers might be tired on the second night of a back-to-back. He was right.Antetokounmpo matched his season high with 33 points and finished an assist short of a triple-double in three quarters as the Milwaukee Bucks defeated Portland 143-100 on Wednesday night.Antetokounmpo added 16 rebounds and nine assists in 30 minutes as the Bucks avenged an early season loss to Portland in a rematch of teams off to fast starts.“We did the job tonight setting the tone for the entire team,” Antetokounmpo said. “We know they were coming off a back-to-back, so we wanted to come out with energy and get an early lead.”Milwaukee, which lost at Portland 118-103 on Nov. 6, led the entire way and picked up its 13th win in 17 games. The Blazers were coming off a 118-114 victory Tuesday night in New York against the Knicks.CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard each had 22 points for the Trail Blazers, who entered with the best record in the Western Conference and slipped to 12-6.“We’re professionals,” Lillard said. “We’re not the first team on a trip like this and it’s not our first time. We aren’t going to lean on that and make an excuse about being tired. It’s early in the season. We haven’t even played 20 games yet. There were a lot of things that we could’ve done to be much better, whether we were tired or not.”Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo reacts after he dunks against the Portland Trail Blazers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)Milwaukee led 31-20 after one quarter and extended it to 72-50 at the half. The Bucks led 109-79 entering the final period. The 43-point margin of victory was the Bucks’ largest since defeating Charlotte by 50 point, 137-87, on Jan. 10, 2000.Khris Middleton had 21 points and Malcom Brogdon and Eric Bledsoe added 16 points apiece for the Bucks, who outrebounded Portland 59-39.The Bucks gained control early, scoring the first six points en route to a 26-7 lead. Portland trimmed the lead to 31-20, but the Bucks used a 9-0 run to boost the advantage to 53-32 with 4:56 left in the half.Antetokounmpo, who had 25 first-half points on 11-of-14 shooting, sandwiched a pair of baskets around a Portland turnover in the final 2.9 seconds to put the Bucks up 72-50 at the break.“We just came out and played hard,” Brogdon said. “That was a very good team tonight. We caught them back-to-back, so I’m guessing they were a little bit tired. I thought we took advantage of that and we executed at a high level.”TIP-INSTrailblazers: Coach Terry Stotts was denied his 400th career victory.Bucks: Milwaukee, which opened the season with six consecutive victories, has won three straight since losing four of seven.BUCKS HOT STARTMilwaukee is 9-1 in the new Fiserv Forum, the best start at home since 1990-91, when the team won its first 18 home games. The Bucks’ 13-4 record is the best 17-game start to a season since 1980-81, which was also 13-4.UP NEXTPortland: Travels to Golden State on Friday for the first of four games against the Warriors.Milwaukee: Host Phoenix on Friday in the fifth game of a six-game homestand.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

ESC Silicon Valley Tutorial: A novel hands-on approach to learning FPGA design

first_imgI just heard from my chum Jason Pecor at Alorium Technology. Jason and his colleague, Bryan Craker, will be giving a 2-hour tutorial at ESC Silicon Valley 2016. Titled A Novel Hands-On Approach to Learning FPGA Design , this session will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday December 6.Just to make sure we’re all tap-dancing to the same drumbeat; let’s remind ourselves that the FPGA-based XLR8 (“Accelerate” — get it?) has the same physical footprint as an Arduino Uno. By default, the XLR8 behaves just like an Uno, right down to its timing and 16 MHz clock. However, the XLR8’s clock frequency can be changed, and various functions — like the PWMs — can be implemented using XBs (“acceleration blocks”) inside the FPGA.The XLR8 FPGA-based Arduino-compatible development board (Source: AloriumTech.com) This is really rather interesting, because the folks at Alorium recognized that their XLR8 development board provides a great platform for teaching FPGA design. As you can see in this teaser video, attendees will first create a Verilog representation of a pseudo random number generator function based on a linear feedback shift register (LFSR). They will then use a Verilog wrapper to interface this function to the microcontroller, both of which will subsequently be uploaded into the XLR8’s on-board FPGA.Following synthesis and re-imaging the FPGA via the Arduino IDE (I have no idea how this works, but I can’t wait to find out), attendees will run a simple sketch (the Arduino’s name for a program) that will demonstrate the successful performance of the new LFSR XB.The first 30 attendees will receive an XLR8 board. In order to participate in the hands-on aspect of this session, attendees — who must first register for the tutorial portion of the conference (see passes and pricing) — will need to come prepared with the following items:A laptop running Windows or Linux (the Intel/Altera tool is not supported on Macs).The Arduino IDE and the FPGA Development tools installed on the laptop as described in these OpenXLR8 instructions.A USB Mini cable for connecting the laptop to the XLR8 development board.This tutorial is of particular interest to me for a number of reasons, not least of which being that I love Arduinos, FPGAs, and LFSRs (see also my LFSR Tutorial Part 1, Part 2 , and Part 3). I tell you, there are so many interesting sessions taking place at ESC, I just know that I’m not going to be able to fit them all in. This is the part I hate, having to pick between multiple presentations, all of which tempt me in different ways. I know, I know; it’s a hard life, but someone has to do it (LOL). Hopefully I’ll see you there. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: EDA Continue Reading Previous Dissecting an artificial brain at ESC Silicon ValleyNext Are we ready for FPGA/SoC coexistence?center_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more