I don’t remember the last time the Bucks won two summer league games. My gut wants to say back when John Henson was playing, which is saying something. Milwaukee will try to reach that plateau again in their finale against the Denver Nuggets before the tournament starts up.
Milwaukee boatraced the Detroit Pistons on Friday 90-63. In that game we saw the breakout performance from former mystery man Christian Wood who had 23 points and 11 rebounds. Unfortunately the Bucks cooled off after a hot start and lost in a back and forth game against the Dallas Mavericks last night. Let’s hope first round pick Donte DiVincenzo can finally play tonight after missing the first two games with a groin injury.
Player to Watch: Sterling Brown
After looking in control most of yesterday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks, Sterling couldn’t quite pull the Bucks to victory down the stretch. His defensive acumen and general hot shooting has been a welcome presence befitting someone who’s spending their second year playing in Vegas. One hopes he can continue showing the modicum of creation skills he’s flashed along with decent vision spotting perimeter spot-up guys.
The Vegas version of the Nuggets are coming in scorching hot, undefeated and fresh off a 82-69 victory over the Boston Celtics on Saturday night. Malik Beasley went for 19 points in that one, while someone named DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell matched that scoring output to help the Nuggets reach that sterling 2-0 record that remains elusive for Milwaukee. With Michael Porter Jr. out for the foreseeable future, there isn’t much in terms of intriguing prospects to go around on Denver’s roster.
Player to Watch: DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell
I suppose I could put Malik Beasley here, but I’m not super interested in third year prospects who happen to flash at Summer League. Give me the rando who gets hot and steals hearts for one magical week in Vegas. Give me Akoon-Purcell.
Tonight’s late night contest gets underway at 8:00 pm cst and is available on ESPNU or streaming via WatchESPN.