Bucks Buzz Vol. 2 & 3: Milwaukee is Still a Work In Progess
Bucks Buzz is SnoTapWI’s daily recap on what happened in last night’s Bucks game.
In the best of times for this blog, I’ll have the buzz hot and ready for you the next day. Sometimes, we do this dance where we wrap up the weekend on Monday. Milwaukee is 1-2 after three games, and I’m not sure Bucks fans really know how to feel at this point.
Milwaukee 110 Brooklyn 108
Player of the Game: Rashad Vaughn – The young Bucks guard came off the bench and provided a career-high 22 points with six threes. Vaughn gave the team a huge lift with the second unit. This is an encouraging sign for things moving forward. It’s not a given that Vaughn will score these kind of points on a regular basis, but if he can get hot, that’s a good sign for Milwaukee.
Player of the Game (Nets): Bogan Bogdonovic – It’s amazing how he’s still playing for Brooklyn after all these years. Bogan had a nice night with 26 points with most of them coming inside the three-point arc which is rare for him. Bogdonvic did hit the big three to tie the game up before the John Henson game-winner.
Not Player of the Game: Miles Plumlee – The early return with Plums is not a good one. He had one point in only eight minutes of play. I’m not sure what Jason Kidd is doing with his lineup, but I expect there will be some changes coming soon.
Detroit 98 Milwaukee 83
Player of the Game: Giannis Antetokounmpo – There was no real winner in this game as Milwaukee played about as flat flooted as possible. Antetokounmpo had a pretty line tonight with 17 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, but he missed 11 of 16 shots with poor shot selection. The point guard transition isn’t off to a great start in the 2016-2017 campaign. Teams are more ready for it, and Giannis needs to adapt to that.
Player of the Game (Pistons): Andre Drummond – If you’re a good, skilled big man in the NBA, you’re going to get buckets versus Milwaukee. Drummond did just that with 20 points and 23 rebounds plus three blocks. Drummond controlled the middle of the paint for the entire basketball game. Bucks couldn’t stop him. That’s an issue seeing as these teams play four times every year.
Not Player of the Game: Jabari Parker – After a strong Saturday night game, Parker couldn’t find a rhythm again. Detroit is one of the better wing defender teams, but this seems to be the story with Parker. He can’t overcome talented defenders, and that’s a slight issue. Now, he’s young so I’m not going to freak out about this sort of thing, but at some point, you would like him to do it against anyone in the league.
Weekend takeaway \
They need to figure out how they are going to cover teams in the paint. Milwaukee will be a 30 win team if they let these big men do what Drummond and what Charlotte’s big men did on Wednesday night. This is not a good start to the season for their interior defenders. Something has to change although I’m not sure what that something given the defensive talent on this roster isn’t much.
Milwaukee heads to Big Easy for a matchup with New Orleans where Anthony Davis might get the first 60-30 game.