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Preview: Bucks aim for quarterfinal berth vs. Suns

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Fresh off of an impressive 97-93 win in the first round of the tournament, the Bucks are back in action Thursday to take on the Phoenix Suns and continue to shock the world. The Suns are just one seed higher (8th) than the previously defeated Houston Rockets, so who's to say the Bucks can't keep their title run going?

Contrary to the Rockets, the Suns are playing all of their top prospects, and boy are they loaded. The list of talent includes Devin Booker, Alex Len, Archie Goodwin, TJ Warren, Alec Brown, and Jerel McNeal. What the Suns don't have is a NBA-certified bucket getter like Sean Kilpatrick though, so I'd say it all evens out in the end.

In seriousness though, the Bucks figure to have a tough time keeping up with that much talent, so they'll need another big performance from the trio of Rashad Vaghn, Kilpatrick, and Kevin Jones (and maybe others if they feel like it!) to keep the title run alive. Shooting 54.5 percent and 60.0 percent from three is fine and good, but it probably isn't sustainable. They'll need to do more defensively, especially in the fourth quarters.

So, how does the rest of the tournament shake out after Thursday's result? Well, if the Bucks win, they'll advance to the quarterfinals on Saturday (7 p.m. CT) and face the winner of 17-seed Chicago and 1-seed Toronto. Should they lose, they'll play their final game of Summer League on Friday (7 p.m. CT) against the loser 12-seed Golden State and 5-seed New York.

Hopefully we'll be gearing up for a Saturday game!