The Milwaukee Bucks tipped off their season on Wednesday, hosting the Charlotte Hornets, and ended their first week at home against the Brooklyn Nets. In case you missed any of it, here is a recap of the first week of Milwaukee basketball.
10/26/16: Hornets 107 @ Bucks 96
The first game of the season for the Bucks didn't go as planned. Not only was there controversy regarding the performance of the national anthem, but the Bucks struggled. While it is only one game and they bounced back with a win versus the Brooklyn Nets, there were some issues with how the Bucks played. Giannis Antetokounmpo shined, scoring 31 points on 13/21 shooting and grabbing 9 rebounds. Jabari Parker scored 13 on the night, and in his Bucks debut, Matthew Dellavedova scored 11 points, and dished out 3 assists. Mirza Teletovic was less than impressive, scoring 6 points and going 0/5 from 3 point land. The Bucks as a whole had an abysmal shooting night from deep, making just 3 of the 16 3 pointers they attempted, equating to 18.8%. The late rally attempt from the Bucks fell short as the Hornets just would not miss.
10/29/16: Nets 108 @ Bucks 110
The Bucks first win of the season came in a surprising and exciting game?. The game ended on a buzzer beater by John Henson, as he was able to get the ball in after Jabari missed his layup. Rashad Vaughn shocked every single Bucks fan, as he posted a career-high 22 points on an incredible 6/12 shooting from 3 point land. Giannis notched his first double-double of the season by scoring 21 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Jabari Parker almost followed, but was 2 rebounds short in his 14 point, 8 rebound performance. Teletovic improved, as he shot a much improved 67% from 3 point land (2/3) and scored 8 points. The decision by Coach Kidd to have Greg Monroe come off the bench has seemed to work, as he has provided double digits off the bench in both games. The Bucks played much better against a team they should beat. The 3 point shooting was a welcome sight in the Bradley Center, as the team shot 8/22 from 3 (36.4%). Tonight's win, albeit off a buzzer beater, does show that the Bucks can win games they should win if they can continue to execute.
In other news, the Bucks today exercised the 3rd year contract option for Rashad Vaughn. He must have gotten the news, as he went off on Saturday scoring a career-high 22 points.