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Bucks vs. Clippers Recap: Summer League Thoughts & Tidbits

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A loose and sloppy whistle-filled shootout

Editor’s note: Like many of you, Greg was kind enough to stay up super-late to record some observations about the Bucks’ 100-93 loss to the Clippers in the LVSL matchup.

  • D.J. Wilson, Sterling Brown, Rashad Vaughn, Travis Trice, and Tim Kempton started the summer finale.
  • Sindarius Thornwell, made sure to play pretty dang well while looking to add his name to the growing list of former Milwaukee second rounders to pan out.
  • JeQuan Lewis had an 8 second backcourt violation called on him and immediately followed it with a drive and layup on the next possession. Gotta love the short memory.
  • Wilson showed off his perimeter game (which was great) all night. He splashed home three 3 pointers in the first half. The instinct to finesse in the post on smaller/similar body defenders was...not so great.
  • Two-way guys Bronson Koenig and Jalen Moore both knocked down some threes. This is especially encouraging out of Moore, as he looks to carve out a role in stretching the floor and creating space.
  • Brown showed off some active hands and feet on defense. He knocked away passes and got physical on the perimeter while fighting through screens. He knows how to use his strength on the defensive and disrupt the offensive flow.
  • Wilson’s D was not as effective, especially in the low-post. He doesn’t have the thickest of frames and was getting pushed around on box outs and positioning. His quickness allowed him to get good positioning to help compensate for the lack of physical tools, but did get burnt by Montrezl Harrell.
  • Rashad Vaughn continued where he left off from yesterday’s game. He was hitting from outside and completely fearless when driving the lane. I really hope he carries this over into the regular season and has some modicum of success and is more than just a Summer League hero.
  • How long until y’all get tired of Cast Away and turntable references for D.J. Wilson?
  • Clippers Vice President of Operations, Lawrence Frank, described his team as pit bulls and rottweilers. The man loves dog comps and I respect it. Malcolm Brogdon is a terrier, Thon is a great dane, and Jason Kidd is a puggle.
  • The refs were in Summer League form with all of the whistles from first tip to the final horn. The flow of the game suffered a little in the first half.

New Bucks GM Jon Horst joined the broadcast late in the first half, and updated the viewing audience on the state of the organization:

  • The team will begin using the newly finished practice facility this season which looks beautiful. Our very own, rachaelhoops, covered that here.
  • Horst mentioned that Jabari Parker’s rehab is going very well and if we saw him we would all “be blown away.” Encouraging but it feels like that’s what you would expect the GM to say.
  • They talked about the development of Giannis Antetokounmpo and Horst hit every front office buzzword that fans have come to expect out of the head honchos. Giannis was described as having high character and possessing great DNA for the positionless lineup that they are creating. Horst complimented Thon Maker’s high basketball IQ which is absolutely related to a player’s DNA.