3 takeaways from the Milwaukee Bucks’ ugly loss to Cleveland Cavaliers

Apr 10, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 10, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports /
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Milwaukee Bucks: Lindell Wigginton, Cleveland Cavaliers: Dylan Windler, Cedi Osman
Apr 10, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports /

The Milwaukee Bucks’ two-ways showed promise as Sandro Mamukelashvili and Lindell Wigginton played great in loss to Cleveland Cavaliers

Given that they are both signed on two-way deals, Sandro Mamukelashvili and Lindell Wigginton have not seen much time with the Milwaukee Bucks this season. The pair have mainly played with the Herd this year, but they played a prominent role against the Cavaliers, having shown off some possible untapped potential.

Mamukelashvili was particularly impressive for the game as he scored a team-high 28 points on a solid 10-of-18 from the floor. A significant portion of his scoring was done down low as the rookie finished with 14 points in the paint, tied for the team lead with Thanasis, per NBA.com. However, the 6-foot-11 center was also not shy about letting it fly from behind the arc as he buried two of his five triples. Along with his scoring, Mamukelashvili led the team in rebounds with 13 and also tallied four assists and a steal in his 42-and-a-half minutes played.

The 22-year-old has shown signs of potential in the G-League all throughout the season, and he showed that he could also do it at the next level as well yesterday afternoon. Mamukelashvili is an incredibly interesting player that could develop into something special down the line, and the Bucks should keep him close.

Wigginton gave the Bucks a massive boost off the bench as he scored 18 points and dished out a team-high eight assists in the loss. With 10 of his 18 points coming in the paint, the rookie drove to the hoop again and again with confidence, and the results speak for themselves. His facilitating was also a bright spot as the backup floor general made sure to get his teammates involved when he could. Though he shot just 2-of-6 from deep and 2-of-6 from the stripe, it was still Wigginton’s best outing of the year for the Bucks as he stuffed the stat sheet. Like Mamukelashvili, he is also a fascinating young piece for the team to keep a close eye on moving forward.

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The Bucks will now face the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the 2022 NBA Playoffs, so stay tuned for schedule updates on that front in the coming days.