|Drew Gooden, PF 29 MIN | 12-21 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 25 PTS | -7
There would not have been a come back had no one scored in the first half. Drew Gooden carried the load inside, even if he looked completely awful at times. But with Jennings sleepwalking through offensive sets most of the game, someone had to shoot. Drew Gooden is always willing. This was the first game since he’s started at center where he’s really been lit up too. Steve Nash made it a point to feed Marcin Gortat throughout the game.
|Brandon Jennings, PG 29 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 3 PTS | -10
Brandon Jennings took four shots. He took one in the first half. He claimed after the game that he just wasn’t getting the looks he usually gets. He didn’t say that like someone speaking with much conviction though. Milwaukee is now 0-5 when Jennings scores less than 10 points this season. Jennings and Stephen Jackson each have one game like this under their belt this season. The plot thickens. More on this later.
|Stephen Jackson, SG 30 MIN | 4-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 12 PTS | +6
It was his first game in a while, but there was little rust on Stephen Jackson. He got his shots up and hit a couple timely ones. He also had a couple of big assists. But he’s still struggling to make shots consistently and his words after the game make it sound like he’s hardly on the same page as the organization, even if he’s constantly talking about how much he loves his teammates. His situation is incredibly messy.
|Mike Dunleavy, SF 37 MIN | 5-7 FG | 3-3 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 17 PTS | -2
There was a reason the Bucks found a way back in to this game. Someone had to have made some shots. Mike Dunleavy led the charge. He always looks like a great shooter and Tuesday he actually was one, knocking down five of seven from the field and four of five from three.
|Beno Udrih, PG 19 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 6 PTS | +10
While Jennings appeared to take the night off, Udrih picked up some of the slack. Six points, four assists and three rebounds in just 17 minutes. The backup point guard was a big part of the Bucks second half come back.
|Larry Sanders, C 13 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | +8
Larry Sanders helped provide some energy and chipped in a couple blocks but struggled on offense. That sentence is his career thus far.
One Thing We Saw
- Things aren’t very pretty right now and we’re not yet one week removed from what seemed like a huge win over the Heat. Players seem disgruntled and the Bucks are heading back out on the road. A win or two could completely change the team’s outlook, but this is not a group that seems like it’s about to start ripping off wins.
- Michael Redd. Dude did it for a while, that’s for sure. He scored five of the Suns first six baskets in the second quarter and had everyone in the Bradley Center flashing back. Good for him. He’s worked hard and it was great to see him playing at a high level offensively. He missed all four of his threes but he finished with 14 points.