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2018 NBA Summer League - Milwaukee Bucks vs. Philadelphia 76ers Recap

Christian Wood starred, but we were spared overtime in this Bucks loss

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Despite a late lead 88-80, Milwaukee managed to Bucks it in the best way possible as Furkan Korkmaz went nuclear on them and led the Philadelphia 76ers to victory 91-89, ending Milwaukee’s Summer League run. Once more, Christian Wood looked like the best Buck on the court, notching 27 points and 12 rebounds. After one, Milwaukee was leading 18-11 despite a poor end to the quarter. A staid first half led to a 39-38 game at halftime, with Milwaukee taking the slight edge. Surging late, the Sixers managed to take over the game finally, staking a 67-59. After a late run by the Sixers, the Bucks bungled this one away late.

Bonus Bucks Bits

Donte clearly has some jitters, but I will say I’m not super stoked about airballing his first shot yet again tonight. Unfortunately, his 3-point shot remained off the mark to start the first, when he went 0-4.

The most promising play early by Donte wasn’t necessarily him scoring his first point from the free throw line, but the next sequence when he made a touch pass to Sterling Brown for a three. More importantly, he followed it up by getting back on defense and leaping at the rim to effectively block a Philadelphia shot at the rim. I was dubious whether that athleticism defensively might translate to the NBA, but it’s nice to see it for at least a Summer League play.

The first half tonight may’ve been a dull affair, but at least Christian Wood still looked like the same active finisher on the boards and the rim.

Milwaukee also ran Donte out at point guard for a stretch in the second quarter, an interesting experiment given his potential role on the big league team. He didn’t show much creation ability, but at least they’re acclimating him to what the Bucks hope for.

I’ll say this, D.J. Wilson flashed some basic, basic basketball skills in the game prior. Unfortunately, him airballing a corner 3-pointer tonight seems to have wiped all of those brief memories from my mind.

Milwaukee started the fourth quarter on a 15-0 run by getting out in transition, but this Christian Wood slam stood out most towards the end of it.