At one point in the Bucks game against the Cavs, they were up 80-59 and everyone was feeling good, sharing high-fives and laughing on the bench. Both Rashad Vaughn and Damien Inglis had put together really solid performances, and the team's defense was looking the best it has all summer.
Then Cleveland went on a 35-7 run in the final seven minutes and pulled out a surprise victory in overtime. Everything is the worst, burn it all down, right?
The Cavs had five players score in double figures led by D.J. Seeley with 14 points. Part of why Cleveland was able to catch up so rapidly was their rebounding (43-33 advantage) and timely three point shooting, making 8 to Milwaukee's 5.
Vaughn led Milwaukee with 18 points on 8-16 shooting and generally looked much more comfortable making plays within the offense. He even knocked down a three in consecutive, thus safely eliminating the threat of being the next Doron Lamb. Sean Kilpatrick continued to get his buckets, finishing the game with 16 points.
Perhaps the most encouraging performance came from Inglis, who was much more aggressive today en route to an 8p/2r/2a performance. He was attacking more with the ball in his hands and even knocked down two threes, one of the question marks surrounding his offensive game. Inglis told reporters after the game that this was all part of the plan.
Damien Inglis on what coaches told him: "They just wanted me to be aggressive. It worked out pretty good for me today."— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) July 13, 2015
Inglis did the bulk of this in the first half, and sat out most of the second half to rest his foot. Inglis told the media that he's being honest with the trainers about when he has foot pain, so him leaving the game all of a sudden (for now) should be seen as nothing but precautionary. Like we've written before, Inglis is in the process of working his way back into shape, but folks can definitely be encouraged by what they saw today.
Milwaukee will carry its 0-3 record into tournament, where they will have a very low seed. They'll still be guaranteed two games. I guess the lower seed the better the underdog story, right?
Extra: Jabari Parker was in Vegas showing support for the team. Here is a photo of him (looking really in shape) hanging out with the ball boys on the baseline.