The striker Giannis Antetokounmpo used the preseason to practice his scowl after he threw home the jazz on Wednesday night. (Photo: Jeff Hanisch, Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)
With all their stars in the line-up, Wednesday night gave fans the first opportunity to take a look at the Milwaukee Bucks as the team began their preseason campaign. Home aligned opener.
Unfortunately for the bucks, it was just a glimpse and nothing more. The Bucks may have dominated Utah Jazz in a 133/99 Fiserv Forum victory, but the win came with a prize.
Starting guard Eric Bledsoe left the match seven minutes ahead in the second quarter. He immediately went into the locker room, where he was diagnosed with a tense, slanted muscle that could hold him for the rest of the game, exposing him to several weeks depending on the severity of the injury.
Bledsoe had played well before leaving the game and scored five points in 2 minutes on 2 of 3 shots and two assists in 12 minutes.
BOX VALUE: Bucks 133, Jazz 99
The injury of Bledsoe could be especially difficult for the bucks, considering that they are not deep enough at the point guard , Coach Mike Budenholzer recently noted that at this point, the team is only downing three players in terms of real point guards – Bledsoe, George Hill and two-way player Frank Mason star Giannis Antetokounmpo got just about everything he wanted when he scored 22 points, 11 rebounds and four assists in less than 21 minutes in his first pre-season action. During Antetokounmpos's time in the field, the Bucks presented a ridiculous plus of 37 points.
Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez each scored 14 points, while Wesley Matthews – who was among the four returnees in Budenholzer's grid – earned eight points and three rebounds added and two assists in 17 minutes. The starting unit logged at the beginning of the game only 5 minutes and 9 seconds together, but scored a good lead by Milwaukee to 16-8.
Before the game, Budenholzer pointed out that the starting grid on Wednesday was just that – he's still wondering what to do. He pointed out that several wings performed well during the camp and that he is still trying to find the best combinations for the starting unit and the bank, a search that is likely to continue depending on the length of Bledsoe's absence.
"Some of these things just happen organically and you have to see them playing together," Budenholzer said. "I think it's important that we do not try to say that we have to have this because this is what we had in the past, I think so There are different ways in which different groups can work together.
"So, in practice, with five preseason games and throughout the season, we will probably be constantly evaluating it. I tend to get into some sort of rhythm and consistency, and people who know roles and timing and things like that were my nature, but how that all fits together is still in the works. "
Also As a starting unit, the Bucks of several players have taken good minutes from the bank.
Donte DiVincenzo recovered from a poor shooting night in the preseason opener, scoring 10 points in 4 of 7 shots and four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Kyle Korver tied a three-way trio over two and a half minutes in the second quarter – his only goals – to help the Bucks extend their lead from nine to 19 points. Thanasis Antetokounmpo also delivered a perfect performance and finished the shooting with four out of four points and five rebounds with nine points.
The bucks will continue the preseason on Friday when they compete against the Dallas Mavericks at 19:30. Friday at the American Airlines Center.