Bucks Buzz: Brown & Wilson Provide a Spark
Milwaukee Bucks 2017 NBA Draft is not seen as a bright one for many people. D.J. Wilson is a pick that many deemed a bust after a tough rookie season. Sterling Brown showed some flashes, but he never seemed to get consistent minutes with Jason Kidd/Joe Prunty. Brown and Wilson received the task of extended minutes tonight in Detroit with Ersan Ilyasova out with a nose contusion, Pat Connaughton with a knee and Malcolm Brogdon with a hamstring. Both young guys did just that combining for 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. That’s the type of bench production needed for Milwaukee. Both played well and should bring some hope to Bucks fans moving forward.
Player of the Game: Giannis Antetokounmpo – Even though Brown and Wilson made a difference in this game, Giannis still was the man tonight. He had 32 points with 12 rebounds and five assists. Giannis had complete control of this game and continues his recent scoring hot streak In the last two games, Giannis put up a total of 78 points. That’s absurd. Even though the Pistons have a mean interior with Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond, they were no match for the Greek Freak.
Silver Star: D.J. Wilson – It’s hard to pick between the two guys. Part of me wants to give it to Brown especially since he played clutch minutes, but Wilson has been criticized over and over again thus to see him shine through is a great feeling. If Wilson can be a productive player off the bench, Bucks become somehow more dangerous adding a stretch four who can rain threes. Him with Brook Lopez makes for an unstoppable duo.
Positive: Khris Middleton started to fine it a little – Let’s forget the last shot of the game and focus on what else Khris Middleton did on Monday night. Midds had his best night in awhile from a scoring perspective with 22 points. Now, he only made 7-for-16, but still, Middleton had a strong first half. Milwaukee needed him to show a little life, and he did just that.
Negative: Bucks couldn’t close the door – Milwaukee had a chance in this game to make it a boring fourth quarter. They were up by 12 points late in the third, and we’re threatening to pull away from Detroit. Instead, the Pistons made a great run sprinting down the stretch to only be down four to start the fourth quarter.
Next up: Milwaukee heads home for one game to play New Orleans on Wednesday night. Pelicans have alternated wins and losses for the last 10 games. They lost against Miami on Sunday, so, they’re ripe for a win. Bucks lost three straight against the Pellies including the last two at the Bradley Center. This is always a fun matchup with Giannis going up against Anthony Davis.