MILWAUKEE — With Goran Dragić sidelined by a left cervical stinger, everybody knew Coby White’s opportunity would come Wednesday night at Fiserv Forum.
But nobody could have known how large the fourth-year guard would deliver.
White sank a tying 3-pointer with 1 minute, 15 seconds left and then added the go-ahead 3-pointer with 46.1 seconds left after Alex Caruso drew a charge from Giannis Antetokounmpo in the Chicago Bulls’ impressive victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
“That’s Cob,” DeMar DeRozan said. “I got the utmost confidence in Cob every time he shoots the ball. I tell him all the time that if he misses one, two three, keep shooting it. He got that capability to get hot.
“Any moment of the game, I’m looking for Cob. That one he hit in the corner, I knew if his man collapsed, I was going to find him and he was going to knock it down. That’s what he does.”
Indeed, DeRozan assisted on the go-ahead 3-pointer, one of the Bulls’ season-high 18 makes on the night. This is the significance of White, who finished with 14 points, four 3-pointers and three steals in an extremely active night. For a team largely devoid of 3-point shooting, White can supply it in a hurry.
“He changed the game,” DeRozan said. “Cob gets hot, any given game he can make six or eight 3s. He changes the way defenses guard us when he’s out there.”