The Bucks wrapped up their second game in Las Vegas as they fell to the Dallas Mavericks 81-78 Sunday night. The Bucks came out the gate strong shooting 9-13 from the field in the first quarter and then cooled off after that, keeping the game close through all four quarters.

It was more of an even distribution when it came to contributors having decent showings from a handful of players. Donte DiVincenzo not being one of those players, because this was the second game in a row that he was sat out with a right groin strain.Although DiVincenzo did not suit up, there were a handful of players that had noteworthy performances.


Travis Trice II

The first player that had one of the more noteworthy performances of the night was Travis Trice. Trice finished with 16 points, 3 assists on 7/10 shooting from the field and 2/3 from deep; one of which was an and-one three in the third quarter.


Trice looked very comfortable on the offensive end of the floor, shooting efficiently from the field and even did some play making. He was also in a great spot on the floor being wide-open in the corner for the Bucks last possession where Sterling Brown failed to give up the ball. He also did some work on the defensive end, having only one steal but it being with 53.4 second in the fourth to bring the Bucks within 3.

Trice had an admirable first game with the Bucks having 11 points on 6/11 shooting and drastically improved that with his second game. I look forward to seeing what he will do the next game.

Christian Wood

The star of the Bucks Summer League’s opener had a lesser but still noticeable impact against the Mav’s. Christian Wood played 25 minutes and in those 25 minutes he recorded a double-double (10 points and 10 rebounds) on 5-12 shooting and did some work in the paint on the defensive end with 3 blocks and a steal.

Wood looked solid again for the Bucks. He has the physical tools to be a NBA talent and those tools were put to good use with the strong rebounding numbers as well as a defensive presence. The only glaring issues I saw from Wood tonight was in some of the shots that he took, like the 0-3 from beyond the arch and the 3 turnovers. These are minor grievances and overall Christian

Wood is in my number one spot for the Bucks MVP in Summer League. (Although it is still early and ultimately does not matter)

Sterling Brown

Next up is the guy with the most NBA experience for the Bucks Summer League team, Sterling Brown. Brown admittedly did not have the best nights, playing for a team tied high in minutes (26) and getting 14 points, 7 rebounds 2 assists and 2 blocks in those 26 minutes.

On the surface this seems like a solid stat line, but Brown could not get any consistency on the offensive end shooting 5-15 from the field and 2-7 from three and having 5 turnovers to go with it. The biggest issue I saw with Brown was towards the end of the game where had multiple opportunities to tie the game up but missed his shot or turnover the ball.

That being said, there were positives from his game, the first being his rebounding numbers. Sterling has always been a good rebounder for his size and this is something that will be useful to the Bucks in the regular season. The next was on the defensive end, having 2 blocks and playing aggressive low-post defense on bigger players trying to take him down low.

Clearly not the best game for Brown, but even though he has legitimate NBA experience he is still young and this is a good learning experience. Better for him to have game like this when it does not matter and learn from them, so he can play better when it counts during the regular season.

D.J. Wilson

Finally, is D.J. Wilson who played 26 minutes and scored 7 points, 4 assists and 7 rebounds. Aside from a hot start at the beginning of the game it was a forgettable game for Wilson.

He did not play bad, but he also did not play well. Painfully average is a great way to put it. He had a handful of assists and rebounds which is good, but then on the other side of the coin he did not do that very efficiently shooting only 3-9 from the field.

Wilson hitting the glass is something I really liked to see and hope that it can transition into the regular season (Although I am holding my breath) and did a good job of playing within himself, if D.J. Wilson played the game with the confidence that Sterling Brown played with maybe he would he worth the 1st round draft pick. I just hope he plays more aggressively in game 3. When you play the super aggressive style of basketball you’re destined for some bad nights, but it beats being painfully forgettable.

What’s next?

After a close loss to the Mavericks the Bucks will be lacing it up again on Monday at 8:00 p.m. Central Time in the Cox Pavilion against the Denver Nuggets. Don’t expect former McDonald’s All-American Michael Porter Jr. to be suiting up for Denver though as he is still out from his back injury, as for DiVincenzo there has not been any news as to when we will see him suit up for the Bucks.

All stats via NBA.com

By: Michael Sawasky(@sawask00)

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