Nuggets Fall To Bucks In Summer League

Posted by Sean Stancill | Saturday, July 19, 2008 | 0 comments »

The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Denver Nuggets 79-67 Thursday Night, thanks to a horrendous 2nd quarter by Denver, in which they only managed to score 7 points.

Ramon Sessions and Roderick Wimont had 13 to lead Milwaukee, while rookies Joe Alexander and Luc Richard Mbah A Moute, both had 10 points towards the Bucks' 2nd win of the Summer League.

For the Nuggets, Dahntay Jones had a game high 20 points, Sonny Weems and Taurean Green had a disappointing 4 points apiece, and Elton Brown's double-double streak was snapped at 2 games as he finished with 8 points and 8 rebounds.

The contest got underway with Dahntay Jones scoring 9 of his 20 points in the first quarter, as the Nuggets led by a slim margain, 17-13.

The 2nd quarter was disasterous for the Nuggets, as they were only able to produce 7 points (thus being outscored 18-7), in the entire 2nd quarter, and shot a frugal 2-17 from the field. The Milwaukee Bucks took a seven point lead into intermission, 31-24.

By the 3rd quarter, the game was already decided. The Bucks went on a early 9-4 run, with scoring contributions from every starter except for Joe Alexander. The run gave Milwaukee the biggest lead of the game: 42-28. The 3rd quarter, thankfully ended for the Nuggets, with their team trailing 57-49 going into the last portion of the game.

The 4th quarter resumed the Bucks beating of Denver, with George Karl's team continuing their shooting woes, as they shot 5-16 from the field and were also outrebounded 16-8, unable to stop bleeding.

The Nuggets suffered their first loss of the NBA Summer League, falling to 2-1, and with the win the Bucks improved to 2-1.

My analysis:

Dahntay Jones continued to fill up the stat sheet with another good performance, 20 points, 2 rebounds, 10-12 Ft shooting, making a solid campaign for the role as swingman on the Nuggets roster.

Rookie PG Chris Lofton was only given 5:43 seconds of playing time, which bothers me because he is the most skilled guard on the Nuggets Summer League roster.

In his limited action, he scored 3 points: One point shy of starting point guard Taurean Green who scored 4 points in 25:45.

Lofton deserves more playing time.

Sonny Weems and Taurean Greeen both have been a little of a disappointment; posting two consecutive 4 point encores; scoring in double figures in one out of the three Summer League games, both with highs of 17 points.