Bucks Handle Monroe and Pistons without Bogut
|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
- Bucks won a battle they normally lose. Bucks took 26 free throws to the Pistons 20.
- 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.