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Bucks look for boost from bench vs. Mavs

From FOX Sports - December 7, 2017

MILWAUKEEThe Milwaukee Bucks will be hoping for a repeat performance from their bench Friday night when they play host to the Dallas Mavericks at the Bradley Center.

The trade of Greg Monroe to Phoenix for Eric Bledsoe and injuries to Mirza Teletovic, Matthew Dellavedova and now Jason Terry have left Milwaukees bench woefully short-handed for the last month, putting extra pressure on Giannis Antetokounmpo and the rest of the starters to carry a greater load on both ends of the court.

However, the Bucks got a big boost from their reserves Wednesday night in a 104-100 victory over the Detroit Pistons, especially from Rashad Vaughn. The guard scored in double figures for the second time this season with 11 points on 3-of-6 shooting, including a pair of 3-pointers. He added five rebounds, two assists and a steal in 17 minutes.

With a couple of guys down, some guys who dont really play as much have to step up, Vaughn said. I answered when my name was called.

The Bucks bench is last in the league with an average of just 22.9 points per game. The reserves are shooting 41.8 percent, good for 26th among the 30 teams.

On defense, the second unit hasnt been much better. Milwaukees reserves are allowing opponents to shoot 47.1 percent from the field and 38.9 percent from beyond the arc.

That group was a big reason why the Bucks were embarrassed in a 111-79 loss at Dallas on Nov. 18. The Mavericks used a 21-6 run spanning the end of the first and start of the second quarters to take control of the game while Milwaukees three leading reservesMalcolm Brogdon, Thon Maker and DeAndre Ligginscombined to go 4-for-20 from the floor.

Our bench was awful, Kidd said after that loss. Weve got to do better.

Dallas was 2-14 heading into that meeting with the Bucks but has gone 5-4 since then with a pair of two-game win streaks. The Mavericks will be looking for their third win in four tries after falling 97-90 at Boston on Wednesday night.

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