The Milwaukee Bucks played the Los Angeles Clippers in the night cap of summer league basketball. Milwaukee went with a different starting five than the previous two games; the changes were due to Thon Maker (who was heading to Milwaukee to workout with Giannis) being replaced with Tim Kempton, and Travis Trice replacing an injured Gary Payton II at point guard. For those that missed the first quarter due to the HR derby, the game started with a better offensive flow than the first two games. Rashad Vaughn, fresh off of his 31 point game the day before, scored the first basket and was feeling the flow from yesterday.
Confident Rashad Vaughn is something. Took a contested three after that first pullup J. Now, attacked the rim for a bucket.— Eric Nehm (@eric_nehm) July 11, 2017
The first quarter was all about rookie D.J. Wilson as he got going scoring 10 points while grabbing 3 boards. The rookie’s jump shots were falling this game, and he looked more comfortable and confident than the previous two. His play helped give Mlwaukee a 21-19 lead after the first quarter.
The improved shooting from Milwaukee continued in the second quarter with back to back threes. Wilson was still feeling it, hitting another three, and also helping his teammates by finding Bronson Koenig for an open three. Milwaukee went into halftime up 52-48 with Wilson contributing 15 points. GM Jon Horst was on during the second quarter, there wasn’t anything quotable as he talked about the team and Jabari’s rehab, but the continued use of a certain phrase was the most noteworthy event and most likely create a new hashtag for the season.
Horst just mentioned DNA. Kidd mentioned DNA multiple times in his interview too. Giannis also mentioned DNA...@kendricklamar come to MKE— Brew Hoop (@brewhoop) July 11, 2017
The third quarter saw the Bucks and Clippers traded baskets while Tim Kempton showed some hustle which seemed to get the other players into it. Vaughn had some baskets to continue his inspired play and the Bucks were able to extend their lead to 71-58 at one point during the third quarter. Los Angeles put together a small run but Vaughn again was able to get to the rim to end the run. Milwaukee was able to maintain their league with the score being 75-71 after the third quarter.
The Clippers began the fourth with a couple of quick baskets to take an early league while the Bucks were struggling to generate any baskets not scoring until 5:37 was left in the quarter via a free throw from Vaughn. Lots of iso ball and questionable shot selection contributed to this. With a little over three minutes left in the game however, the Bucks were able to generate some offense from Sterling Brown to narrow the gap. Koenig was unable to hit an open three in the corner and Vaughn couldn’t convert the coast to coast steal which proved to be the Bucks’s downfall as the score ended 100-93. The loss left Milwaukee 1-2 in Summer league play going into the final tournament.