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2018 NBA Summer League - Milwaukee Bucks vs. Denver Nuggets Recap

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Sterling Brown’s stellar effort can’t quite put Milwaukee over the two-win Summer League mountaintop

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It was a familiar refrain for disappointed Milwaukee Bucks fans tonight, who were without Donte DiVincenzo once again as he works his way back from a right groin strain.

Behind some clutch pull-up jumpers from Sterling Brown, Milwaukee raced out to an early lead but finished the first quarter down 18-17. At halftime, the Bucks managed to reclaim the lead narrowly, edging out the Nuggets 45-44 behind Brown’s 16 points. Despite Brown’s best efforts in Summer League to date, with 27 points, Milwaukee still couldn’t take down the Nuggets in a 90-83 loss. D.J. Wilson added 18 of his own with Christian Wood tallying 16 on an efficient 11 shots.

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I’ll say this, I saw the first moderate bit of a post game from D.J. Wilson tonight when he faked a guy out on the block and whirled around for a reverse layup.

Christian Wood had a decent two-way sequence in the first when he bodied up Kennedy Meeks off the dribble and fell away slightly for a difficult toss-in from just beyond the block. On the other end, he got caught in no man’s land at the free throw line and switched out on DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell and managed to contain and contest at the perimeter. His switchability, and how much Bud is considering employing that scheme, is a huge part of his potential attractiveness as a Bucks backup big.

Sterling Brown looked to be making up for his poor performance down the stretch against Dallas in the first quarter tonight. He tenaciously snagged a rebounding and was eyeing guys up and knocking pull-up jumpers down right in their face.

How about D.J. Wilson actually finishing through contact off a pass from Sterling Brown as Wilson rolled to the basket. That, combined with him using his verticality to actually alter a shot, gave me two novel parts of his game through his career thus far.

Amidst a piss-poor third quarter, this was a nice breath of exciting air.

Props to Brown, who kept up the energy all night and willed Milwaukee back into this game whenever they fell behind. Whether it was literally pummeling his way to the rim for finishes, banging guys out of the way for rebounds and taking shots into his own hand, Brown showed the type of take-over attitude I’m sure coaches were thrilled to see from a second year player.