“A word for Wes. We don’t talk much about him, but he defends against the opponent’s top scorer and he does so many things, and he sacrifices himself in attacking situations for the things we ask him to do in defence.
With Bobby Portis, Jrue Holiday wanted to recognize the contribution of wes matthews after Game 1 won by the Bucks at Boston in the conference semifinals. In Khris Middleton’s absence, therefore, he must go to great lengths, in the company of Grayson Allen, to make up for Giannis Antetokounmpo’s first lieutenant package.
A shooter turned defense specialist
Recognized for his qualities on the outside shot since his arrival in the NBA in 2009, Wes Matthews has become a specialist in defense, a “niche” in which he is invaluable for the Bucks in the conquest of a second consecutive championship title of the NBA.
“I can pass up a good shot if I think something better can come from behind. If I’m open, I shoot, that’s what I’m supposed to do. But don’t get me wrong, he could pass up 15 3s if the situation calls for it. If that’s what the game calls for, then I don’t care.”He launched.
Samedi encore dans le Game 3, he was relatively discreet in attack, but he was distinguished in the end by the best +/- of his team, signifying that Milwaukee was mieux porté during the 32 minutes that passed over the land. Jayson Tatum can testify to this, he who finished 4/19 in shooting!
“He was amazing, staying in front of him, making things difficult for him, forcing him to take difficult shots. He was amazing.” Giannis Antetokoumpo rejoiced after the match.
Another action was also talked about, when he dived to try to save a ball … hitting the legs of Derrick White, who also came to try to collect the leather.
Defense has become his main task, a mission he fulfills quite well, with an attitude that is reflected throughout the group and that even benefits Mike Budenholzer.
“You have an incredible gift to share”said the coach. “His defensive acumen requires a certain level of intelligence. Call it what you want, but those little tricks, Wes has learned and applied them throughout his career and he shares them with me, to be honest, but also with his teammates. This is a quality that can be difficult to find. He was also very good in all areas, he cares about his teammates and about winning. He is a tough guy, he brings something extra.”
The swan song
In addition to bringing this desire to defend and remain a reliable threat behind the arc if need be, Wes Matthews brings freshness to the Bucks. Returning home in 2019/20, to Wisconsin, where he attended high school and then college, on the Marquette side, he sadly did not experience Bucks title intoxication in 2020/21, when he was then committed to the Lakers. .
During the offseason, he had only one idea in mind: join Milwaukee again and help coach Giannis Antetokounmpo to win another NBA championship title. The Bucks finally signed him in December, and even Mike Budenholzer comes to regret not moving sooner.
“Seeing what he’s doing now, you feel like 30 teams made a mistake, including us.”
At 35 years old, Wes Matthews is not a jaded guy, but rather aware of the opportunity presented to him by this return to his roots and the need to do everything possible to achieve the goal of a career of thirteen years: win a championship. ring.
“It’s a bit like artists, or people who have money, who win the lottery and end up going bankrupt. How do they end up broke? Because they think the money will always come. For me, year after year, I think I’m going to be in the NBA, the way my training camp is going to be, this way or that way. But when is he gone? And now ? You realize how much you miss him. When you come back, you can’t take anything for granted. You enjoy every moment. »
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