The Mavs were without starting point guard Dennis Smith Jr due to a hip injury which will see him sidelined for at least another game. Yogi Ferrel started in his place and finished with five points four assists and two rebounds in 22 foul troubled minutes.
Wesley Matthews lead the Mavs with a season-high 29 points and four rebounds, and continued his hot shooting form, making 73.3% of his shots (5-7 from three).
The Mavericks looked as if they were in control of the game until the Bucks finished the third quarter on a 12-2 run, and came out firing in the fourth where it seemed like they could do no wrong.
Here’s three things from tonight’s game in Milwaukee.
Maxi Kleber was up and about.
In his 11th start for the season, Maxi Kleber contributed seven points and five rebounds, however his energy and confidence was riding high.
With Nerlens Noel out for the foreseeable future and Salah Mejri having nights where he posts one measly minute, the Mavericks are going to rely more and more on Kleber. Watching him grow and develop is one of the great stories of the season so far.
The Mavs need more from Barnes on nights like these.
Wesley Matthews did have the hot hand tonight, but Barnes has to be more involved in tight games like this. In 36 minutes Barnes put up 18 points and eight rebounds on 41.2% shooting.
If we compare the two teams, the Bucks had three players over 20 points; Eric Bledsoe with 24, Giannis Antetokounmpo with 27, and Khris Middleton lead the way with 31 points.
Meanwhile the Mavericks only had Matthews above the 20 point mark. This simply isn’t enough to compete with a team as talented as the Bucks.
Barnes needs to be up around the 25 point area if the Mavs want any chance of beating teams on a regular basis.
The Mavericks Missed their rookie point guard.
It’s been such a fun ride watching Dennis Smith Jr. Not having him on the floor made the game far less interesting to watch during a season where the development of our young core is the main focus.
The rookie’s scoring has fluctuated over the past couple of weeks, but his ability to get to the rim forces his opposition to always keep two eyes on him at all times. Here’s hoping his hip injury only keeps him off the floor for one more game as reported previously.
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