LAS VEGAS — Despite three Milwaukee Bucks players finishing in double digit scoring, a lack of rebounding contributed to a 69-65 loss to the Sacramento Kings to open the tournament portion of Las Vegas Summer League play.
The 14th-seeded Bucks grabbed just 27 rebounds as a team, while the 19th-seeded Kings had 22 rebounds between two of their players alone (Skal Labissiere and Georgios Papagiannis). Rebounding wasn’t the only issue for Milwaukee, as the defense wore down in the final quarter, allowing Sacramento to take a 21-16 scoring advantage.
Milwaukee was paced by rookie Sterling Brown and Rashad Vaughn, who each finished with 12 points. But for Vaughn, 4-of-18 from the field and 1-of-7 from beyond the arc were far below the standard he set during league play. In addition, the leading rebounder was Reggie Upshaw, Jr., who grabbed all seven boards off the bench. Former Wisconsin standout Bronson Koenig played 14 minutes, finishing with six points.
The Bucks will play at least one more game, however, heading to the loser’s bracket to meet the Utah Jazz on Friday at 5:00 p.m. CT.
LAS VEGAS — With the “regular season” of the Las Vegas Summer League complete, the tournament bracket features a matchup between the Milwaukee Bucks and Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.
The Bucks (1-2) earned a No. 14 seed in the bracket taking on the No. 19 Kings (0-3) five games away from a Summer League tournament championship. Milwaukee and Sacramento meet Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. CT on ESPN2.
Milwaukee enters tournament play led by Rashad Vaughn and his 21.3 points per game, while Sacramento was winless in three games. That includes a 95-92 Monday night loss to the Los Angeles Lakers who were without rookie Lonzo Ball to a groin injury.
A win by Milwaukee means they’ll play against one of the top eight seeds on Thursday night, while a loss sends them to the loser’s bracket for a Friday night game. The championship game will be played on Monday at 9:00 p.m. CT.
MILWAUKEE — It’s not often a team gets to rest its starters this early in the season, but a depleted Sacramento Kings roster allowed the Milwaukee Bucks to do that in a 117-91 home win Saturday night.
Giannis Antetokounmpo probably would have finished with a triple double, but sat out the entire fourth quarter to end with 17 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists. Jabari Parker finished with 19 points and six rebounds.
Coming through in the absence of the starters was Mirza Teletovic, who led the Bucks with 22 points, doing most of his damage from beyond the arc. He converted on seven three-pointers, tying a career high.
“I have a lot of confidence [in my shot],” Teletovic said after the win. “…These coaches say ‘shooting is a relative thing. some of them you miss more than you make.’ When you start making them your confidence gets high and you’re always going to keep shooting in your rhythm. I never had that doubt in myself.”
It was perhaps the least effective night for newcomer Tony Snell on the young season, contributing just three points on 1-of-6 shooting in 23 minutes of playing time. Rashad Vaughn and Michael Beasley added 14 and 10 points, respectively.