Jock Landale came ready to ball against Team China, as the Milwaukee Bucks proved overwhelming as the game wore on en route to an 84-67 victory. A surprisingly entertaining first quarter led to Milwaukee splashing home plenty of triples, while China banked in a buzzer beater to bring it to a 22-19 advantage for the Bucks. The second quarter turned into a foulfest for a spell, but it turned into another entertaining back and forth despite the Bucks trailing 40-39 at half. Milwaukee finally cracked open a comfortable lead with a 27-13 advantage int he third quarter alone, and they rode that chasm all the way to a W.
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Sterling Brown had the night off and didn’t appear in the game.
Quiet as he’s been since the first game of this Vegas stint, I sure do enjoy seeing Daulton Hommes pull up for stepback jumpers. His stroke remains pure.
Farrell, who’s remained a plucky player all Summer League, had one of my favorite passes thus far in the first when he drove, hopped up in the air and rifled a one-hander cross-court to Hommes waiting in the corner. Hommes paid it off by splashing a triple. Farrell did plenty of work waxing the Chinese in the pick-and-roll too in tandem with Landale. Him nailing off-balance triples has been fun.
I’ll say it, I was pleasantly surprised by how exciting Team China was to watch. In Summer League, I appreciated their defensive intensity picking up the Bucks guards nearly full court, and they had some nice flow to their offensive sets. Zhou Qi has some impressive handles for a guy his size. They were feisty too, netting three technical fouls for the contest.
There were so many near dunks - particularly from guards - that were foiled at the last minute. Bryant, Tucker and Munford each had at least one.
Jock Landale had some excellent plays rolling to the rim, and pulled out a Mchale shimmy shake move in the post where he got a China player frozen in the air. He’s been the most consistent non-roster player, perhaps most consistent overall.
Fletcher Magee got more run in this one, but couldn’t find the bottom of the net on either of his two 3-point attempts.
Congrats to each and every one of you that stayed up and watched the game in its entirety. It was truly an honor to witness this alongside you, malfunctioning clock with 12.6 seconds remaining and all.