Bucks Handled Business Against Depleted Pacers
Going into Wednesday night’s matchup with division foe Indiana, Milwaukee knew they probably should win this one with Victor Oladipo out again with a knee injury. Believe it or not, Oladipo is a borderline All-Star this season, and much of the reason, Indiana is outperforming expectations. Milwaukee handed them their fifth straight loss as they blew out the Pacers, 122-101, where the starters received some much needed rest in the fourth quarter.
Dropping dimes, dropping dimes
Milwaukee set their season-high mark in assists with 33 total in the game. That’s great to see the Bucks move the basketball around to get an open shot. Matthew Dellavedova led the way off the bench with nine assists in 17 minutes as he kept throwing alley-oops all over the place. Three other Bucks – Malcolm Brogdon, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Eric Bledsoe, finished with five assists. Pretty unselfish night from Milwaukee.
Delly is finally showing his true colors
If you remember, everyone hated Dellavedova last season. He did too much and ended up finding a bench spot once Malcolm Brogdon came to life. Dellavedova is either more comfortable in his role or knows he doesn’t have to do as much on the court. Delly had eight points and nine assists in 17 minutes. That’s a strong game. This is now Dellavedova’s third straight game with nine or more assists.
Bucks finish off the Pacers
Milwaukee hasn’t won many games in blowout fashion this season. This is only their fourth time out of 20 winning a game in double-digits. And only the third time winning by 15 or more points, as they did that with Utah, Sacramento and now Indiana. Look, it’s hard to blow teams out in the NBA, but it’s a sign of development for this Bucks team. They could have easily like the Pacers sneak back into this game, but they didn’t plus they did without Giannis in the fourth quarter. That’s extremely impressive.
Milwaukee welcomes Toronto for a rematch of Monday night at the Bradley Center on Friday night. This should be a fun one. Bucks are rolling of late winning three of their last four games. We’ll see if they can slow down DeMar DeRozan who had another big night versus Chicago on Wednesday night.