Bucks beat Raptors in incredibly average NBA basketball game
|Carlos Delfino, SF 34 MIN | 7-12 FG | 5-6 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 25 PTS | -2
Delfino is a good three-point shooter. He’s pretty average as a slasher and passer. He stuck to the shooting on Wednesday. Six threes, one that more or less put the Raptors away. When he does this, and combines it with his typical strong defensive effort, Delfino is a pretty worthy rotation player.
|Drew Gooden, PF 35 MIN | 7-15 FG | 6-8 FT | 14 REB | 3 AST | 20 PTS | +7
The ever baffling Gooden baffled again. Another big scoring and rebounding night for the Bucks center was accompanied by a series of defensive miscues and bizarre offensive plays. It really seems like Gooden would benefit from playing with a center. But he’s the closest thing the Bucks have to one on the roster, so it’s kind of a less than ideal situation for him. I guess that’s no excuse for the constant wackiness though.
|Brandon Jennings, PG 34 MIN | 3-12 FG | 4-8 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 11 PTS | +5
The Raptors, but they did their best to keep him from doing much on the pick and roll. Toronto jumped out very hard and pushed Jennings very wide any time he attempted to drive after receiving a screen. When he was able to get past his initial defenders, Jennings couldn’t do much with his space. He airballed two threes too. At least he was willing to drive and shoot.
*grasps at more straws*
|Stephen Jackson, SG 33 MIN | 6-11 FG | 3-6 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 17 PTS | +17
Jackson was better on Wednesday than he was Tuesday and he wasn’t terrible Tuesday. He hit a pretty big three to put the Bucks back up one with momentum slipping away from them early in the fourth. Who knows where he’s headed, perhaps forward with the Bucks, perhaps somewhere else. But each game he plays well in should probably be seen as something of a gift when you consider his play and infrequent appearances this season.
|Mike Dunleavy, SF 32 MIN | 6-10 FG | 3-3 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 18 PTS | +14
The hot shooting hand Dunleavy arrived at the Bradley Center with on Tuesday followed him to Toronto on Wednesday. He hit five of his first six shots and barely touched rim on his makes. This is the shooter the Bucks thought they signed this offseason. With Jennings struggling and reluctant, Dunleavy was huge for the Bucks offense.
|Larry Sanders, C 12 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -1
Three Things We Saw
- Even though the Bucks shot pretty well, this may have been the most boring NBA game I’ve seen in years. The closest player to a star in the one was Jennings and he’s apparently forgotten how to play offense. Both teams traded jump shots and the crowd reacted with all of the urgency of the crowd of a crappy NBA team.
- Ersan Ilyasova missed the game with back spasms, which resulted in a couple of extra seconds for Jon Leuer, much to the dismay of Bucks/Badger fans.
- 12 threes for the Bucks? 10 has been a good number for them this season. This is the fifth time they’ve hit 10 or more this season and the fifth time they’ve won.