It may have featured no starters for the Milwaukee Bucks, but at least they kept it close with the Oklahoma City Thunder, as they lost their first preseason game, 119-115. Despite Oklahoma City running with their starters for a good chunk of the first, Milwaukee still managed to stake a 30-27 lead when the first quarter buzzer sounded. The second brought a few fewer highlights, as OKC kept running their starters late and rebounded to snag a 55-48 lead over Milwaukee. After three, OKC still held a 79-72 lead. The fourth quarter narrowed down the stretch, but Milwaukee turned it over on two critical possessions back-to-back but managed to send it into OT on a Tim Frazier splash from three.
In what was a barely watchable game at points, at least Milwaukee managed to keep pace with the Thunder’s starters for the vast majority of their time in the game. Not stopping Paul George was certainly an issue, but it could bode well for the Bucks’ depth this upcoming season.
Malcolm Brogdon went for 12 points and seven assists before calling it a night in the third quarter, although most of those points came in the first half. Tyler Zeller and Christian Wood paced each other in the battle for the bottom roster spot, as they each scored 17 and 19 points respectively. Wood added 15 boards to go along with that too. Frazier added 14 points and mercifully finally missed the three that helped this game end.
Paul George led the Thunder with an easy 26 points, while Hamidou Diallo showed out in a surprisingly competent performance for the second-rounder, adding 19 points on a decent 8-16 shooting performance.
Stat That Stood Out
13-32 3-point shooting
One could see a visible difference when Milwaukee didn’t have many creators on the floor to facilitate the type of shooting from deep that’s dotted their prior two preseason. That was quite evident in their 3-point shooting, where they got up only 32 attempts on the evening, a decent clip from their 36 and 45 attempts respectively. It’s worth noting they had only 24 attempts at the end of regulation though.