Jennings 34 Not Enough Bucks 94 – Hawks 99

Milwaukee Bucks 94 Final

Recap | Box Score

99 Atlanta Hawks
Carlos Delfino, SF 42 MIN | 1-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | -11

Josh Smith, Tracy McGrady and Marvin Williams took turns depantsing Delfino throughout the night. Smith was especially cruel. Delfino had no rhythm on offense and no tenacity on defense.

Ersan Ilyasova, PF 25 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +7

Frankensova rose in time for a timely tip-in to put tie the game at 94 all. But then he lost his fellow vampire, Vladimir Radmanovic, who then hit a wide open game winning three. Besides those last two plays, it was a very non-descriptive night for Ilyasova.

Drew Gooden, PF 38 MIN | 8-21 FG | 9-9 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 26 PTS | -4
Brandon Jennings, PG 43 MIN | 10-23 FG | 9-11 FT | 3 REB | 9 AST | 34 PTS | -10

Jennings was spitting hot fire in the second and third. He had one stunning sequence: three, three, steal, floater. It was everything that Bucks fans want him to be. The question remains as to why he wasn’t heavily involved late in the game. Jennings never took a shot within the last 2 minutes of the game. Down 97-94, Jennings wasn’t trying very hard to get away from his man, a play that resulted in Drew Gooden’s Drew Goodenness.

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, SF 23 MIN | 2-6 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | -12

23 minutes of playing four on five on offense. The clamor for Moute to develop an 18 footer has been going on for years. But why have the worst offensive player in a century take the worst possible shot on the court? In the past, I would say that they should just have Moute shoot at the rim, but he’s not even doing that well anymore. So the only answer may be not to play him.

Two Things We Saw

  1. So let me get this straight: down three and the play goes to Drew Gooden in the post where the defense absolutely suffocates him. The play was probably drawn up to be a bad three, but still, Drew Gooden was the back-up play.
  2. Tracy McGrady, Jerry Stackhouse and Vladimir Radmanovic sparked the Hawks run that won the game. It’s 2004 all over again.

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  1. I also don’t know why the last possessions don’t run through Brandon Jennings.  Seems we play him often as an occasional ball handler and not the main ball handler.  

  2. MatthewSchwendinger

    I had to work and didnt see this one, but I did hear at work that we were up big going into the 4th. Yikes, I refuse to watch the replay on FSN. Sounds like an absolutely unexcusable game from Delfino. Whats up with Dunleavy?
    Literally, laughed out loud at your #2 in “things we saw tonight.”

  3. Dunleavy I believe missed the game to be with his wife who was giving birth. I think the reason last possessions don’t go thru Jennings is because although he is a good 1 on 1 ball handler he just is too overmatched trying to take the ball to the hole for a game winner. I actually liked them going to Drew Gooden for quick 2, he had the matchup advantage as he was being guarded by Radmonivic who is a poor defender both in the post and on the perimeter, I think Gooden should have faced up and took him and assessed the situation rather and have his BTB and not take into account the help defense (Josh Smith)
    What bothered me most about this game was seeing Jennings visible frustration afterwards and I don’t blame him Skiles is not putting the best players on the court Carlos Delfino should never exceed 40 mins per game, in fact I don’t think he should even get more than 30. Harris needs more minutes, Jack should be playing, LRMAM should be amnestied and Leuer should be getting some of those minutes. This team is just in shambles and I think Jennings (the only player on the roster that truly matters in the long run) realizes this and may start to check out.
    I liked seeing Beno and Brandon on the court together I hope they do that more often

    • MatthewSchwendinger

       @Teddddd haha we’ll never amnesty Luc. We could get a pretty decent trade I bet if we put him on the block!