3 things to watch as Milwaukee Bucks open 2022 vs New Orleans Pelicans

Dec 17, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
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Milwaukee Bucks: Donte DiVincenzo, Khris Middleton. New Orleans Pelicans: Josh Hart, Eric Bledsoe
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Donte DiVincenzo is still looking to knock off some rust for the Milwaukee Bucks

It’s been three games now since Donte DiVincenzo made his return to the lineup for the Bucks and the results have been relatively mixed thus far. His defense has looked good and it appears he hasn’t missed a beat at that end.

Offensively, it hasn’t been ideal. He is shooting 40 percent from 3 in the early going, which is a nice sign. However, he hasn’t made a single 2-point attempt (0-of-7) and things are getting a bit frustrating for himself and fans.

You could hear it on the broadcast in their second game against the Orlando Magic, after a missed layup that led to free throws, the microphones picked up someone (I’m assuming DiVincenzo) yell “make a layup, Tae.”

It was likely that DiVincenzo would start a little slow coming off of a long rehab after surgery, but it’s not ideal that he has started shooting so poorly on his 2-point attempts. The good news is that the 3s are falling and he’s getting to the line a lot, so he’s been aggressive and attacking the basket.

The other good news is that DiVincenzo’s best game last season came at home against the Pelicans! He had a career-high 24 points on 71.1 percent true shooting to go along with seven rebounds, nine assists, two steals, and a block.

Of course, he won’t see the same minutes load that he did in that game (nearly 35 minutes), but it’s a team he has had success against in the past. They also don’t have a ton of rim protection of their own, so hopefully, DiVincenzo gets some easier looks at the basket to build some confidence.