Bucks believe rookies Malcolm Brogdon, Thon Maker can do the job


USA TODAY Sports’ Jeff Zillgitt breaks down the Bucks dominating win over the Raptors in game 3 of the series.

MILWAUKEE — Unusual as it is for an NBA playoff team to start one rookie, the Milwaukee Bucks start two — guard Malcolm Brogdon and forward center Thon Maker.

The Bucks are the first team to start two rookies in a playoff game since Golden State did it with Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli in the 2013 postseason. Brogdon and Thon are the 11th pair of rookie teammates to start in a playoff game since 1984-85. San Antonio’s David Robinson and Sean Elliott were the most successful, going 6-4 in 1990.

Brogdon, a second-round pick at No. 36 overall in the 2016 draft, and Maker, a first-round pick at No. 10 last June, are contributing, too, with the Bucks up 2-1 against the Toronto Raptors in their best-of-7 series. Game 4 is Saturday (3 p.m. ET, TNT).

“Thon and Malcolm believe that they can do the job,” Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd said. “The guys on the floor and on the bench support them, and the coaching staff has…

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