The Bucks return to Milwaukee and make their final preseason home debut at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Monday night saw the Bucks steal defeat from the jaws of victory, as they were outscored by 11 in the fourth quarter and eventually outscored in the game 106-104. Rashad Vaughn looked to be in mid-Summer League form as he dropped a cool 20 points, while potential 15th man, Kendall Marshall, littered the court with 10 dimes. Now the team looks to bounce back against the Indiana Pacers in what will be their preseason debut.
The thing to watch for tonight is how the minutes are distributed to the group of guys that have yet to solidify their spot on the final 15 man roster. Of the candidates, Gary Payton II and the aforementioned Marshall tallied 16 minutes a piece, but it was Marshall that made the most of his time on the court. Joel Anthony clocked 10 minutes of game time and hauled in a productive six rebounds. Brandon Rush had a disappointing Bucks debut by only netting one point in 13 minutes of court time. There are only three games left for these guys to stake a claim to that final roster spot and they are definitely feeling the pressure.
Player to Watch: Sterling Brown
Brown played 27 minutes in the opener and put up a goose egg in the points department. He shot a miserable 0-for-9 from three-point range and looks to turn things around tonight. Brown is a shooter and he will do what shooters do: shoot. The best way for him to not let this turn into a cold streak is to hit a three early in the game.
The big news out of Indianapolis this offseason was the departure of Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder. In exchange for George, the Pacers received what many perceive to be a paltry sum in the form of Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. The Pacers are in full-on rebuild mode as young big man, Myles Turner, steps into the limelight as the franchise cornerstone. The Pacers drafted UCLA teammates, TJ Leaf and Ike Anigbogu, so look for those two big guys to see the floor tonight as they fill in for the minutes-limited Turner.
Player to Watch: Domantas Sabonis
As was mentioned earlier, Sabonis was included in the trade that sent Paul George to the Thunder. Sabonis provides the Pacers with what they need now as a franchise, a player with potential. Look to see how the forward meshes with his new team and if you see the same spark of potential that the Indianapolis front office does.
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