Delly As Puppet Master
In spite of plenty of positive play in recent games, the Bucks had made a habit of choking with big leads and allowing their opponents to get back into it. What has been needed during those spells is the composure and vision to slow the game down, and that’s exactly what Matthew Dellavedova provided against the Pacers.
The Australian’s ability to fit in so seamlessly throughout the preseason has impressed many Bucks fans, but he has never looked more at home than he did in this game.
Although Giannis Antetokounmpo remained the primary ball-handler on Wednesday, the team’s approach looked a little different when Delly had the ball in his hands. Dellavedova assisted on Milwaukee’s first three scores of the game, letting his teammates know that if they got to the right spots he’d find them.
On top of his stellar distribution, Dellavedova also scored the ball exceptionally well. A mixture of floaters in the lane and a smooth three-pointer saw the Aussie rack up nine points on four field goal attempts, without a single miss.
A reliable two-way presence, it’s already apparent just how much the Bucks could benefit from Delly’s presence this season.