Finally, a ‘Rocky IV’-inspired Jason Kidd-Mikhail Prokhorov hype video (Ball Don’t Lie)

The Milwaukee Bucks have been one of the NBA's biggest  early surprises , riding strong play from guard Brandon Knight (one of just three players averaging at least 18 points, six rebounds and six assists per game), a penchant for creating and cashing in on looks at the basket and a shockingly elite defense (94.7 points allowed per 100 possessions, the league's second-best mark ) to a 5-5 record. Things aren't perfect — Ersan Ilyasova still looks sort of broken, No. 2 overall pick Jabari Parker hasn't hit gotten going yet, and the offense has been nearly as awful (94.9 points-per-100, 28th among 30 NBA teams) as the defense has been impressive — but through 10 games, they're worlds better than they were last year. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Basketball: Sign up and join a league today! ] Much of the credit has gone to new head coach Jason Kidd, who joined the Bucks following a messy bit of business that reportedly featured a failed attempt to wrest control of the Brooklyn Nets' basketball operations just one season after being hired to lead the Nets. The ordeal left sour tastes in lots of mouths, headlined by the deposed Larry Drew  and Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, who recently turned to a "nice proverb" to say good riddance to bad rubbish. Kidd comes back to the Big Apple this week, following a Tuesday home matchup with the New York Knicks with a return to Barclays Center for a Wednesday date with the Nets, whose fast start has been short-circuited by allegations of selfish play , a tough road trip and ominous questions of "identity." While Kidd has tried to downplay the meeting — “Everybody keeps talking about it [...] But it’s time to move on,” he told Michael Lee of The Washington Post — his players sound eager to get their coach a win over his old club. Not nearly as eager, though, as @DavidDunn21 , who saw the impending Bucks-Nets tilt as a perfect opportunity to cast Kidd and the Bucks as Rocky Balboa, and Prokhorov as Ivan Drago, a la "Rocky IV," in the amazing video above. Because if you want to go from a beginner to a pro, you need a montage . Sure, it's a bit over-the-top to imagine the eternally climbing Kidd as a pure hero and the eternally entertaining Prokhorov as a pure villain, especially a couple of decades after the Cold War thawed. Plus, a Nets team that's dropped four in a row, including a Monday loss at home to a Miami Heat squad playing without Dwyane Wade and Luol Deng, doesn't exactly seem like a heretofore indestructible foil. On the other hand, though, we can never have too many opportunities to watch clips of Prokhorov kickboxing, doing jet-ski tricks and practicing his heli-skiing, or too many reminders of the soaring highs and crushing lows of the Bucks' franchise. (Including that weird Larry Sanders nightclub fight , which seems like ages ago now that the big man's back to locking down the paint .) And hey, anything that drums up excitement for a mid-November game between 5-5 and 4-6 teams is a bonus, right? Consider me sufficiently hyped up and prepared for anything to go down on Wednesday, up to and including an American-flag-trunks-wearing Giannis Antetokounmpo (attire unexplained but also unquestioned) suplexing Andrei Kirilenko during a stoppage in play. If we're going to do this thing, let's do it right. Hat-tip to Jeremy Schmidt at Bucksketball . - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at devine@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.

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Knicks-Bucks Preview (The Associated Press)

A matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks over the past few seasons almost always resulted in a victory for the New York Knicks.

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Bucks-Knicks Preview (Automated Insights)

The Milwaukee Bucks will be at home at BMO Harris Bradley Center when they face off against the New York Knicks. The Bucks have been relatively average to start the year, coming into today's game with a record of 5-5. Entering with a record of 3-8, the Knicks got off on the wrong foot to start the year. This game will begin at 8:00 pm EST and it will be covered by MSG and FSN-WI.

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Monta Ellis’s 30 pushes Mavericks past Timberwolves (Automated Insights)

Monta Ellis put up 30 points to help the Dallas Mavericks beat the Minnesota Timberwolves, 131-117. The Mavericks shot 52-94 (55.3%) from the field and turned it over on only seven possessions. Dallas (7-3) is now on a three-game winning streak.

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Anthony and Smith combine for 56, Knicks beat Nuggets (Automated Insights)

Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith both finished with 28 points to lead the New York Knicks to a victory over the Denver Nuggets, 109-93. The Knicks shot lights out in this game, finishing 41-76 (53.9%). New York (3-8) has won just three of its last 10 games.

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Brandon Knight scores 20, Bucks beat Heat (Automated Insights)

Brandon Knight scored 20 and the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Miami Heat, 91-84. Milwaukee (5-5) picked up the win after falling to Orlando Magic on Friday.

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NBA Power Rankings: There’s a new No. 1 (Yahoo Sports)

The Rockets move to the top on the strength of three straight wins.

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Rest remains a challenge for NBA coaches, players (The Associated Press)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr anxiously waited for the lineups to be announced before a game against the San Antonio Spurs last week, knowing as well as anybody that it's a pivotal preparation point when facing Gregg Popovich's team.

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NBA-Highlights of Sunday’s NBA games (Reuters)

(Adds late game) Nov 16 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Sunday's National Basketball Association games. - - - Rockets 69, Thunder 65 James Harden scored 19 points to lead the Houston Rockets to a victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Rockets improved to 9-1 on the season while the Thunder fell to 3-8 as they continue to play without the injured Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. It was the second straight game for the Thunder to lose in the final seconds at home. ...

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Nuggets-Cavaliers Preview (The Associated Press)

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers suffered back-to-back defeats before beating the Denver Nuggets a little over a week ago.

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