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Milwaukee Bucks: Wesley Matthews
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Can Wesley Matthews keep up his string of hot shooting performances for the Milwaukee Bucks?

Listen, I always had some confidence that Wesley Matthews would eventually snap out of whatever shooting funk he was in but boy, oh boy did it get ugly for a while.

He was one of the guys that they needed more from down the stretch and after Pat Connaughton and then DeAndre’ Bembry’s injuries, his importance became heightened and his shooting is the reason he’s an x-factor heading into the postseason.

I mean, he went 21 games without making multiple 3s in a single game and shot around 17 percent on nearly three attempts per game. He’s beginning to turn things around at the exact right time, though.

In his last four games, he’s averaging 8.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 1.0 steals in nearly 22 minutes per game. That’s solid for a guy who will be counted on for his defense, but the bigger deal is that he’s shooting 60 percent on almost four attempts per game!

Matthews won’t shoot 60 percent the rest of the way, but it’s a good sign to see that he’s turning things around. Budenholzer never gave up on him and continued to give him his normal minutes because, for one, his defense is very important for when the Bucks want to go switch-heavy.

Second, though, is that he knows Matthews’ track record as a shooter. You don’t all of a sudden forget how to shoot in the middle of a season after being known for your ability to knock down 3s your entire career.

Matthews was in an ugly, ugly slump but we’re seeing signs now that he’s coming out of it and it cannot be overstated how huge that will be for the Bucks in these final 10 games and the playoffs.

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You can never have too much shooting in the NBA and getting Matthews back to what we know he can be will be a massive boost for their championship aspirations.