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Mar 19, 2023; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Joe Ingles (7) reacts in the second quarter against the Toronto Raptors at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to the 2022-23 edition of the Bucks Weekly Spotlight. Each Thursday, we’ll track the progress of the players who are trying to help Milwaukee make another championship run and give updates on other players from the previous week.

This is the 19th edition of the 2023-23 Bucks Weekly Spotlight.


Forward Joe Ingles

Ingles knew his role with the Bucks was going to be different than what he did with Utah for eight seasons.

Part of that was because he was coming off a torn ACL and didn’t hit the court for the first time until Dec. 19.

Another is Milwaukee has a deep roster.

With the Jazz, Ingles was sort of a Mr. Do Everything. From 2018-21, when he played in 303 games with 238 starts, he averaged 11.4 points, 5.1 assists and 3.9 rebounds over 30.2 minutes while making 42.0% of his 3-point tries.

With the Bucks, however, his role on the court can change by game. And Ingles is more than OK with that.

“I mean, it's why I came here, to be on a team like this and play with the guys I'm playing with,” he said following Wednesday’s win over San Antonio in which he had 14 points in 22 minutes. “Obviously I had a great run in Utah, which I'll always be thankful for that opportunity, but you kind of move onto new things and looking at it in free agency it's like it would be stupid for me not to come here.

“It's such a good team, a well-built team and obviously well coached. And the role, obviously for me coming in with my knee, let's see how it goes. It was going to take time, get healthy ... yeah, I'm just kind of here to do what they want from me. I'm happy to play whatever role. Some nights I get more shots than others, some nights it's playmaking, some nights they want me to guard someone, and that's kind of what we all have to sacrifice when you're on a team that's as good and as deep as we are.”

While Ingles’ role might be different, his production has come into focus in March. From Dec. 19-Feb. 28, Ingles averaged 6.0 points in 22.4 minutes while hitting 34.2% of his 3-point attempts. He had but four games reaching double-digit points.

But in March … well, he’s flipped the old axiom. Ingles went in like a lamb and is going out like a lion.

In 10 games in the month thus far, he’s averaging 10.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists over 24.9 minutes while shooting a blistering 57.7% from deep. Ingles also has six games of 12+ points in that stretch, including a pair of 14-point games this past week (vs. the Spurs and also Indiana on March 16).

In Milwaukee’s three games last week, Ingles hit 10 of 15 3-point attempts, making four 3s against both the Spurs and Pacers. Overall this month he has five games with 4+ 3s. He had two such games pre-March, with the last occurring Jan. 9.

Ingles is heating up and finding his stroke just in time as the playoffs grow nearer. His production isn’t altogether unexpected – after all, he’s a career 40.9% shooter from behind the arc, but it’s nice to know he’s in form – and that he makes this Bucks team even that much more dangerous.


-- This week in Giannis: Ho-hum, just a triple-double and double-double in three contests while averaging 26.0 points, 11.7 rebounds and 5.7 assists in just 28.8 minutes. More good: He shot 67.3% fro the field and 40.0% from 3. The troubling: Just 45.5% from the line (10 of 22).

-- Bobby Portis had another double-double Wednesday (19 points, 10 rebounds) and was one rebound short of a double-double in his previous two games. Portis has 34 double-doubles on the season, including 21 while coming off the bench. That latter figure is tops in the NBA. Russell Westbrook is next with 16 double-doubles as a sub. No one else in the league has more than nine.

-- Jrue Holiday shot 51.9% from the field in Milwaukee’s three games. He averaged just 12.3 points but 8.7 assists. His seven points against San Antonio (in 22 1/2 minutes) snapped a streak of 32 consecutive games scoring in double figures. Holiday had 11 assists vs. Indiana, his 13th contest with 10+ dimes this season.

-- Grayson Allen’s four steals vs. the Spurs tied a career high. It was just the third time he’s done it – and the first in a win. Allen also managed the accomplishment in just 19 minutes.

-- MarJon Beauchamp got into a couple of Wisconsin Herd games last week. He tallied 21 points and 12 rebounds March 17 and 23 points and eight rebounds March 21. Beauchamp had a busy week – he also got into the games against Indiana and San Antonio, scoring seven points in six minutes in the latter.