The Milwaukee Bucks took care of business at home en route to a 122-101 dismantling of the Victor Oladipo-less Indiana Pacers.
- Thon Maker looks like a new man in 2018. This may sound cliche, but it speaks to how bad Maker has been this season. Coming off his best performance of the season against the Toronto Raptors, Thon scored 12 points and hit 2-2 from three-point range against the Pacers. He still has a lot to improve on, but these last 2 games are very encouraging signs for the maturation of Thon Maker. The Bucks need him to step up and provide a spark off the bench, and he’s done a great job this week.
- Since returning from rehabbing a knee injury, Bucks guard Matthew Dellavedova looks like a totally different player. In the three games, Delly has racked up 28 assists and only 2 turnovers (!!!!). His passing has really been on display, and he’s starting to build up a nice repertoire with fellow point guard Malcolm Brogdon. He’s not going to blow you away with scoring, but he is excellent at executing the little things that don’t show up in the box score. Against the Pacers, he went 3-3 from the field and knocked down both of his three-point attempts. This is certainly a welcoming sign for the Bucks, who desperately need more production from the bench.
- Giannis Antetokounmpo finally got an extended rest! The Greek Freak was toying with whoever tried to guard him, and he finished with 31 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal and 2 blocks in 3 quarters of play. He was an efficient 12/18 from the floor and could have easily gone for 50 points if the game was close. Giannis hasn’t been able to enjoy much rest this season, so the fact that he only played 3 quarters against the Pacers is a great outcome. The Bucks will need all they can get from Giannis this weekend, with back-to-back games starting with the Toronto Raptors, then the Washington Wizards.
- Malcolm Brogdon is a model of consistency for the Milwaukee Bucks. Brogdon has scored in double figures in 27 of 34 games played thus far. He finished with 17 points and 5 assists against the Indiana Pacers and continued his strong play off the bench. Although he did struggle for a few games after the Bucks acquired Eric Bledsoe, he has fully returned to form. He’s been a consistent force for the Bucks this season, starting or coming off the bench. Whenever he gets subbed into the game, he is going to produce regardless.
- Milwaukee held Indiana to 3-15 shooting from three, a new season best for the Bucks. It is no secret how bad Milwaukee’s perimeter defense has been this season, so it was a nice change to see their opponent actually miss from three. The Bucks were very active on the defensive end, and it led to multiple defensive stops and easy buckets in transition. The Bucks will take any positive on the defensive end, and hopefully, a performance like this carries over into the next game for the Bucks.