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NBA Summer League: Milwaukee Bucks vs. Washington Wizards Preview

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Tipoff is at 3:00 pm Central

2021 Las Vegas Summer League - Minnesota Timberwolves v Milwaukee Bucks Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images

The good news for the Milwaukee Bucks summer league team is that it can’t get much worse for them than their last contest against the Minnesota Timberwolves. They have a chance to make up for that dreadful showing with a tilt against the Washington Wizards at 3:00 PM Central on NBA TV.

Where We’re At

After a promising debut, the Milwaukee Bucks have dropped two straight out in Vegas. Likewise, Jordan Nwora, the team’s primary creator, has fallen off after a strong first showing and he shot merely 2-13 in the last game. The team overall went 27.9% from the field in that 91-64 loss. If you missed it, you did yourself a favor. With Milwaukee’s roster basically set and the defending champ glow still fresh, there’s no reason to work yourself into a lather over some potentially disappointing performances out here. Still, it would be nice to see Nwora hit some shots against the Wiz to get himself back on track. Mamadi Diakite has looked just okay in his performances, but I’m fully on team Sandro Mamukaleshvili. I have no idea if he’ll ever play a minute in the NBA, but his passes have definitely been the bright spots in watching these summer league games. Georgios Kalaitzakis has been up-and-down, with a hesitancy to shoot but showing some aggressive defensive chops.

As for the Wiz, they last played on Thursday in a double overtime (sudden death!) game against the Brooklyn Nets, falling 84-81. If you’re looking for intriguing players on their roster to watch for, Corey Kispert, the Gonzaga sharpshooter, looks like your best bet.

Player to Watch

Nwora has been a volume scorer to this point, emphasis on the volume. I’d love to see one game where he could try to score more efficiently, which may not be in the cards given the level of difficulty on almost every single one of his jumpers. It’s clear other teams recognize him as one of the few ballhandling threats the Bucks have.

How to Watch

The game tips off at 3:00 pm Central on NBATV.