Milwaukee Bucks Grades, Reactions From 109-88 Win over Detroit Pistons

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Nov 23, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard O.J. Mayo (3) celebrates after making a basket during the second quarter against the Detroit Pistons at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Reactions: The Good

  • Point guard O.J. Mayo is back! We lauded him for being more of a distributor during the preseason on the Win in 6 podcast, but worried that Mayo wouldn’t keep that up into the regular season. It has. Mayo played some 19 minutes and ended with six points on just three shots, three rebounds, two assists and two steals. That’s a true veteran team player statline right there–exactly what Milwaukee needs from Juice with Greivis Vasquez and Jerryd Bayless already on that bench.
  • Jabari Parker is pretty good at this basketball thing. Parker ended with 12 points on 50 percent shooting along with one rebound and one assist. Although his pure numbers are not too exciting, the way he goes about getting his points definitely is.
  • The Bucks only allowed a team to score 88 points in 48 minutes! That’s sadly remarkable, considering Milwaukee ranks dead last in defensive rating and 20th in opponent points per game. Milwaukee tightened up against Detroit, and especially against Detroit’s abysmal bench.
  • Michael Carter-Williams looked like the point guard we all want him to be. 12 points, eight assists, three rebounds, three steals and a block in his 26 minutes is an ideal statline for MCW. He also shot 60 percent from the field. If Carter-Williams continues to play like this, he just might end up being Milwaukee’s point guard of the future yet.

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