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Bucks Handle Monroe and Pistons without Bogut

| January 30, 2012

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Detroit Pistons 82 Final

Recap | Box Score

103 Milwaukee Bucks
Carlos Delfino, SF 23 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 10 PTS | +5

Carlos Delfino has quietly been the best perimeter defender the Bucks have. Good thing too since Moute needs to play heavy power forward minutes with Bogut out. He bodies up hard on his man. And against everyone except Kobe Bryant, he plays the passing lanes aggressively.

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, SF 28 MIN | 0-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 2 PTS | +4

Seriously, how versatile is Moute. Guards Kobe one game, the next he has to guard Greg Monroe. He used his long arms to deny Monroe the ball. And when Monroe was backing up, those same arms pestered Monroe’s dribble resulting in a few turnovers.

Drew Gooden, PF 25 MIN | 7-9 FG | 2-3 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 16 PTS | +13

Didn’t think it was possible, but Drew Gooden pump fakes on defense. Will Bynum’s just scorching to the basket and Gooden’s all like, “I’m going to get in your way. . . no I’m not.” It’s a lot of fun to watch.

Brandon Jennings, PG 38 MIN | 8-15 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 21 PTS | +21

The Pistons’ point guards had the audacity to step onto the same floor as Jennings. This infuriated him greatly. He scorched Bynum and Walker Russell Jr. around the corner, but was often met with a horde of Pistons big men. No matter. Jennings just torched the Pistons from three. And after each one, he defiantly strutted back on defense.

Mike Dunleavy, SF 26 MIN | 8-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 20 PTS | +16

The Bucks ran a sweet pindown for Dunleavy in the fourth. It was a swish. And it put the Pistons away for good. But Dunleavy had no mercy and kept burying them. If they pindown that play a lot more often, some good things are in store for the future. It’s not a coincidence that since Dunleavy started replacing Jackson’s minutes that the ball movement and offense has been off the charts.

Larry Sanders, C 12 MIN | 2-3 FG | 2-4 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | +14

Sanders did a very simple power move to the basket and converted a lay-up. No foul. No travel. No double dribble. I don’t know how to say this in any way that won’t sound condescending, but I was so proud of him. I wasn’t the only one in the Bradley Center that felt this way, he got a few cheers when he checked out in the middle of the fourth.

Two Things We Saw

  1. Bucks won a battle they normally lose. Bucks took 26 free throws to the Pistons 20.
  2. Big storyline from this game that supports some rumors: 12 players were used in this game. None of them were Stephen Jackson. And there’s no reason to actually play him. Delfino is a better defender. There are a lot of better shooters and distributors on the team. The offense just looks great when he doesn’t stop possessions with ill-advised threes and haphazard drives to the basket. And this is coming from the guy who was so excited Jax was joining the team that he compared him to a samurai.

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  1. Teddddd says:

    A healthy Mike Dunleavy has helped IMMENSELY this team is lightyears better with him on the court, got his shooting stroke back, very underrated passer, moves well without the ball, and apparently has some graceful gazelle-like moves to get to the hoop at times. Gooden has done an interesting job filling in for Andrew Bogut

    • BrianShetrompf says:

      @Teddddd ” interesting” is the best way to describe Gooden

    • MatthewTibbits says:

      @Teddddd I think re-upping with Delfino and Livingston should be done quickly and quietly if it can be done at a reasonable rate. Between Delfino, Dunleavy, and Livingston I’m actually very comfortable with our wing situation. If we actually had a ’09/’10 Bogut to go with this squad we’d be a pretty dangerous squad. We’d have several defensive aces (Bogut, LRMBM, and Delfino. Jennings and Livingston are above average defenders as well), decent outside shooting, and an unselfish team willing to make that extra pass. That’s the kind of team that makes some noise.

  2. Marq says:

    Didn’t get a chance to catch the game, but it’s nice for the team to put a beatdown on someone every once in a while. Winning is good, dominating the whole game is better.

    • Marq says:

      And I know no one will believe me, but I was actually more excited about Livingston coming over from Charlotte than Jackson. I was a big fan of his before his freak accident, and knew that if he could get back into decent playing shape and developed a solid jumper, his length and court vision could be a valuable asset to any team. Now I’m glad he appears to have truly found a home with my Bucks.