3 Takeaways from Milwaukee Bucks' gut-wrenching Game 3 loss to Indiana Pacers

Milwaukee Bucks v Indiana Pacers - Game Three
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The Bucks need to roll with the young guns

Due to that aforementioned lack of energy and athleticism in town, Bucks fans have been pleading for months for Doc Rivers to give the young guys a shot. Despite the clamoring, he's only used them on occasion but finally gave them some burn in Game 3. Unsurprisingly, they played quite well, and the team played some of their best basketball with them on the court.

It was a breath of fresh air to see Andre Jackson Jr. get non-mop-up duty minutes. Though the box score numbers do not jump off the page - two points, three rebounds and a steal - his mark was left on this game with a vicious put-back dunk, some pesky defense and a freakish swipe to show off his hops. He was all over the place, constantly making hustle plays.

As for AJ Green, he still hasn't had that 3-point barrage that many had hoped for him to deliver in this matchup, but he's doing the little things when given an opportunity. He had four points and three rebounds in this one while playing fine enough defense, proving to be a positive in his limited action.

Interestingly enough, Green was a +10 in this one, while Jackson was a +7, both of which were the highest marks on the team. The team just plays better when these two are on the floor because they can somewhat combat the Pacers' speed and athleticism, which veteran players like Jae Crowder and Malik Beasley have failed to do.

These two need more minutes, and it would be perplexing if Rivers chose the veterans over the young guys the next time the Milwaukee Bucks take the floor. Time will tell who he rolls with.

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