Bucks Had GREAT First Half: Sacramento Kings 103 – Milwaukee Bucks 100

Milwaukee Bucks 100 Final

Recap | Box Score

103 Sacramento Kings
Stephen Jackson, SG 39 MIN | 4-10 FG | 3-3 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 13 PTS | -9

Jackson hit a jumper in the fourth, then yelled something like, “Give me the ball!” Except it was a lot more vulgar and this is a family site. Well the Bucks did give him the ball and he kept turning it over (seven for the game). Then with the game on the line, he got it on the block with his back to the basket. He failed. No one was surprised.

Ersan Ilyasova, PF 16 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 4 PTS | -16

Does Ilyasova even exist? Does he work on this plane of existence? It sure doesn’t seem like it. Ilyasova isn’t even jab-stepping or pump-faking anymore. Something is off.

Drew Gooden, PF 34 MIN | 6-13 FG | 6-10 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 18 PTS | -7

18 points and 9 rebounds seem like a good game. But this is what I’m talking about when I say that Gooden’s numbers exist in a vacuum. They don’t really mean anything especially when the other team is snatching offensive boards left and right. They don’t mean anything when he’s not establishing post position. Everything he does in the game does nothing to set up an open look in the future. And he only exacerbates the Bucks problems of taking long twos.

Brandon Jennings, PG 43 MIN | 12-23 FG | 1-4 FT | 3 REB | 7 AST | 31 PTS | -7

Wow! Did you see that lay-up? Swag. He was the only Buck playing at the end of the game. His late game steals were the Bucks only lifeblood in the fourth quarter. He was the only guy who actually went to foul Tyreke Evans at the end of the game after the Jackson miss. It is a wonder why he was so far away from the ball to begin with on that Jackson iso.

Beno Udrih, PG 25 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | -3

I called for Beno Udrih to take more threes. I was wrong. Other note: Jennings needs to learn how to use his body to block out defenders when he goes to the rim. He can learn that from Udrih.

Jon Leuer, F 21 MIN | 3-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 7 PTS | +16

Leuer should probably be starting as long as Ilyasova is going to be just a void of nothingness and Bogut is away. He’s not going to do much rebounding, but the Bucks weren’t doing that anyway against Jog DMC (DeMarcus Cousins). They needed his offense late in the game.

Larry Sanders, C 21 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 8 PTS | +10

I really enjoyed watching Sanders get his Vlade Divac on. I’m going to stop typing now before I start describing this pipe dream I had.

Two Things We Saw

  1. 30, 28, 24,18. Lost numbers or the Bucks scoring per quarter from first to fourth?
  2. 55 to 31. The rebounding discrepancy between the Kings and Bucks. Jog DMC did a number on the Bucks in this department and Evans was gobbling up the all long rebounds. The Kings shot 19 percent from three. The Bucks even had a better field goal percentage. But as long as Bogut’s away, the second chance points are going to crush the Bucks.

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  1. spot on description of Gooden’s game too, people who look at the box score probably think he’s been playing well when in actuality for every one good thing he does he follows it with a questionable shot and a lazy attempt at rebounding. Then he’ll take a charge! Then he’ll miss a 3 point shot (Gooden and 3 point shot shouldnt be used in a sentence together) It’s maddening. Side note Jon Leuer and Larry Sanders were +16 and +10 respectively on the court. I usually don’t read much into those statistics but I’m willing to bet while Drew Gooden is in the game on a regular basis you’ll see #’s with minuses instead

    • @Teddddd This game seemed a bit of an aberration for Sanders, at least with regard to his passing. But if he can catch passes around the hoop and finish and get better at rebounding consistently, he’s a plus.

  2. I think Tyreke Evans might have the best Eurostep in the league, he was slicing through the Bucks D at will. Part of that I’m sure is Bogut’s being out. But I’ll give some credit when it’s due. Definitely should have won this game and in a shortened season you really need to beat the teams you are supposed to beat. Now they’ve got to make up with wins over teams like Miami, Boston, both LA teams. Might as well start tomorrow! Something tells me they’ll be in for a rough one tho… :/

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  4. I am really starting to see why no coach or GM wants to keep Drew Gooden on his roster. It’s like he decided to come to Milwaukee to live out his fantasies of being a star SG. He’s starting to remind me too much of Corey Maggette, and I don’t need that bad taste in my mouth again.

    On a good note, Jennings was on fire last night and I’ve never seen him shoot so deadly (I too missed the 55-pointer two years ago). If someone on this team actually attempted to rebound, or if Larry Sanders remembered the basic rule of defense is to stay between your man and the goal, we’d be talking about Jennings’ night.

  5. You didn’t list Delfino or Livingston. Delfino didn’t play much but I would have given Livingston a B.

    So far I think the teams best lineup might be: Jennings, Livingston, Delfino, Leuer, Bogut.

    These guys all play defense and take relatively good shots. I really like Livingston so far, he takes the ball to the paint and shoots high percentage jumpers or gives the ball up. Leuer plays defense and we don’t have another 4 that can do that, unless you count ,mBah.

    • @Wombat02 I think Dunleavy, despite the micro-sample size, would challenge Delfino for that SF spot.

      • @Marq@Wombat02 I’m a big Dunleavy fan. I think he makes a huge difference. The only problem with Livingston is his lack of shooting range, a team wide problem as is.