Having trudged through the pre-tournament round of Summer League with their annual “one victory” tradition intact, Milwaukee has another shot to reach two elusive wins when they face the San Antonio Spurs tonight.
Milwaukee’s been led primarily by the all-powerful trio of D.J. Wilson, Christian Wood and Sterling Brown. Of them, Brown has looked the most comfortable, breaking out for 27 points in Monday’s narrow loss to the Denver Nuggets. It’s still silent on the Donte DiVincenzo front, although he has officially signed with the team. Hopefully those extra digits in his bank account are the magic salve that heal his ailing groin.
It appears we will finally have our first look at Bucks first round pick Donte DiVincenzo tonight!
Player to Watch: Sterling Brown
In Donte’s absence, Brown has had plenty of opportunities to take on the creator role during Summer League. He’s snaked his way to the rim, shuffled in for pull-up jumpers and generally taken on an alpha mentality on this short-lived squad. Competition level aside, I didn’t know if Brown had this type of offensive mentality inside him. It bodes well for his chances to slurp up minutes at the quietly competitive 2/3 spot heading into this season.
San Antonio sits at precisely the same underwhelming 1-2 record as Milwaukee to this point. Their latest loss was a six-point affair against the Portland Trailblazers. San Antonio’s egalitarian philosophy seems to extend into Vegas ball too, as minutes distributions were fairly similar across the board while five folks reached double figures last game (two more knocked on the door with nine).
Player to Watch: Lonnie Walker IV
For those of you, like me, who languished at the fact Milwaukee passed on Lonnie Walker IV, fret not for now, his numbers have not been earth-shattering. He’s gone 5/13 in consecutive games, 6/18 the prior, and his highlights haven’t been lighting up much of NBA Twitter. It’s always a calming sensation when the guy you hoped for doesn’t flash viral highlights at least. If Donte is able to suit up, it would make for an interesting compare/contrast scenario this evening.
Tonight’s game tips off at 7:00 pm CST and is available on NBA TV or streaming via WatchESPN.