3 takeaways from Milwaukee Bucks’ dominant win over the Detroit Pistons

Apr 8, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
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Milwaukee Bucks: Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Detroit Pistons: Rodney McGruder
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Brook Lopez clocked in another solid game as he continued finding his footing with the Milwaukee Bucks

After missing a significant portion of the season due to back surgery, Brook Lopez has started to look like himself lately, which continued to prove true in the Bucks’ big win last night.

Offensively, Lopez looked great as he chipped in 17 points for the Bucks, with a sizeable chunk of that coming in the paint, as previously mentioned. Yet, the big man also had a fantastic shooting night as he went 3-of-4 from the perimeter, his second-most threes made in a game this season. When Lopez is attacking the paint with such authority but also knocking down his triples like this, he becomes one of the Bucks’ biggest weapons offensively, which was showcased last night. He brings versatility on that side of things that could be a significant difference-maker.

Defensively, Lopez played a big part in keeping Detroit’s paint scoring to a minimum. Although he tallied just a single blocked shot, Lopez’s hulking presence made it difficult for the Pistons players to score whenever they attempted to attack. The Bucks missed this intense interior defense when Lopez was sidelined this season, but it is beyond welcoming to have him back in the mix.

In 21 minutes, Lopez was a +21 for the Milwaukee Bucks, showing off his impact as he had yet another great all-around game on both ends. With the NBA Playoffs nearing, Lopez’s strong play on both sides of the ball has been promising as he has looked more comfortable with each passing game. He will have one regular season game left to play, and hopefully Lopez can keep this recent momentum rolling.