Bucks Suffer Disappointment to Pistons

Milwaukee Bucks 80 Final

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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.

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  1. A game like 2nite when Skiles is throwing any1 on the court to try and get a spark I wonder what would have happened if Jack would have gotten an opportunity, couldnt have done much worse

    • @Teddddd I agree. I was sitting there hoping he’d put Jackson in. Really nothing to lose when they were playing so bad, but also so close still. Skiles is stubborn about such things

  2. Maybe Jackson helps tonight, but is he really “on board?” Many fans at the last game(s) in Milwaukee have been calling into radio post-game shows citing Jackson talking to ballboys, hanging out at the end of the bench far too long and the like when the team is huddling with coaches during breaks in the game. If true, the guy is just being selfish and would be better not even showing up at the arena if he is going to be disrespectful of the “team process.”

  3. I don’t know what bug crawled up Skiles ass, but this whole not giving Leuer minutes thing when he’s easily been one of the most productive players on the team is driving me insane. I really hope Skiles is fired after this year.