Coach Jason Kidd went 11-deep with his rotation Wednesday night, but that did not include Maker, who remained glued to the end of the bench. The decision wasn't all that surprising, and it could offer a window into just how far away the Bucks believe Maker is to contributing at the NBA level on a night-to-night basis. That said, GM John Hammond said over the summer that the team expects Maker to be a part of the rotation as a rookie, so whether he can work his way into a consistent bench role remains to be seen. At this point, though, Maker holds considerably more value as a dynasty asset, as opposed to daily or season-long.
Coach Earl Watson said after Wednesday's season-opening loss to the Kings that
Tucker was limited to just six minutes during the opener, recording a blank stat sheet aside from one turnover. It was Tucker's first game back after being sidelined for just over a month with a back injury, so despite his recent demotion, Tucker is still likely working his way back into game shape and shouldn't have a tough time moving back up the depth chart in due time. That said, it appears he could see limited minutes again over the next few games, which should enable T.J. Warren to maintain his spot in the starting lineup at small forward, while Bender benefits from additional minutes off the bench at Tucker's expense.
Letang (upper body) has ruled himself out for Thursday's game against the Islanders, Seth Rorabaugh of DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.
Based on the prolific defenseman's ability to take part in morning skate Thursday, there had been hope that he would be able to suit up for the evening's contest, but evidently he'll sit out at least one more contest with the ailment that has kept him off game ice since Oct. 18. David Warsofsky should continue to see playing time in Letang's absence, with Trevor Daley getting an uptick in time on the man advantage should the man-advantage opportunity arise.
Scott (knee) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Wizards, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Scott did not practice Wednesday and was questionable at best for Thursday's tilt, but he will now have to wait till at least Saturday before he is able to make his regular season debut. He should be considered questionable moving forward, as the knee soreness doesn't seem dire, but for as long as Scott is out, look for Kris Humphries to be the primary backup at power forward and potentially see more minutes in the frontcourt.