Milwaukee Bucks 80 Final

Recap | Box Score

88 Detroit Pistons
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, SF 24 MIN | 3-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | -15

Gery Woelfel reported that Moute still has knee problems. It’s hurting how he establishes leverage in the post. It also explains why he’s using poor technique with his arms to guard in the post. Moute is keeping his arms extended to push back against guys backing up. Moute knows he has to body up.

Drew Gooden, PF 23 MIN | 1-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 4 PTS | -15

Bad Drew Gooden day. And Gooden was responsible for a lot more gaffs than his one turnover would indicate. He was late to pass, late to notice passes, fumbling everywhere and just generally flubbed up everything.

Brandon Jennings, PG 42 MIN | 7-19 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 20 PTS | -10

Jennings followed up a blistering first half with a terrible second half. He was getting open three looks off screens, but he just wasn’t hitting them. What was inexcusable was his defense on Brandon Knight. Without Bogut, he can’t take a lot of the chances that he used to take.
The Bucks have been playing faster and that’s been a boon for Jennings. Detroit slowed him down and Jennings couldn’t respond. The next big point guard step for Jennings is to enforce his style of play regardless of what the other wants.

Jon Leuer, F 4 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | -3

Still exists.

Larry Sanders, C 20 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-4 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | +7

Favorite sequence of the game: Larry Sanders running the fast break and passing to a streaking Tobias Harris for a rousing dunk. I’m telling you guys: POINT-CENTER.

Tobias Harris, F 11 MIN | 2-6 FG | 4-4 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | +2

Dude can just score. Subtract his one three from his box score since it was just a half-hearted desperation three and you see a guy who drew fouls nearly every time he missed. He just knows how to score. The problem is that he doesn’t fit well into the “passing is magic” motif that the Bucks have adopted since Bogut went down.

Three Things We Saw

  1. Bucks had 10 assists. Against the Heat they had 30 assists. Passing is magic.
  2. The Pistons doubled teamed the ballhandler early and often. This did a good job of obscuring the passing lanes that the Bucks have been feasting on lately.
  3. The Pistons also slowed down the pace to a snail’s crawl. As of late, the Bucks have been thriving off a quick passing leading to quick scores.