Bucks Have a Winning Streak Bucks 105 – Nets 99

Milwaukee Bucks 105 Final

Recap | Box Score

99 New Jersey Nets
Ersan Ilyasova, PF 24 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -6

Congrats to Ersan for winning the Eastern Conference player of the week. Boo to him for letting Kris Humphries control the boards. It was a battle of unheralded, but excellent rebounders and the more athletic Humphries was too quick to let Ilyasova get the tips that are so essential. Don’t be too harsh on him though. He was just displaying some of the wear and tear that comes after such a hard-fought, well-played week.

Tobias Harris, F 18 MIN | 1-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | -12

Being the one starter that hadn’t logged heavy minutes, he had the opportunity to showcase his skills today. It didn’t work out so much. His mostly unimpressive play might suggest that he shouldn’t get that much of a run. I’d say that he deserves even more of a run. Skiles has had little opportunity to see the first round pick play. There aren’t many practices in this strike shortened season. And Harris was out for much of training camp because of dehydration. He’s shown flashes. Give the rookie some run.

Drew Gooden, PF 37 MIN | 11-19 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 7 AST | 23 PTS | +5

Gooden’s passing was pretty fantastic this game. He was even part of the highlight of the game: a half court lob to Harris. This is weird. This is the same guy who just threw a ball into the stands last week. Tests still have yet to show who he was passing to. This is just the life of Gooden.

Brandon Jennings, PG 39 MIN | 12-23 FG | 4-5 FT | 7 REB | 7 AST | 34 PTS | +12

He was alright in the first half. Then he had a downright awful third quarter. He made up for it with barrage of threes early in the fourth that helped the Bucks nab the lead. He was pretty much pure fire for a three minute stretch. He was simply too fast for the Nets back-up point guards (Deron Williams didn’t play) and his stepbacks and backdoor cuts were too much for Jordan Farmar to handle.

Mike Dunleavy, SF 36 MIN | 6-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 15 PTS | +16

Dunleavy should be playing over Delfino because Dunleavy is the only one who can still affect the offense if he’s not shooting well. The passing between him, Jennings, Gooden and Udrih was exquisite and was the real engine behind the Bucks offense tonight.

One Thing We Saw

  1. The Bucks pull off their first three-game winning streak before the trade deadline. What an awkward time to do it especially when everyone is on the trading block. Even when they win, they can’t do it right.

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  1. Ian makes a valid point–Dunleavy probably should be starting over Delfino. Though, it must be said that Dunleavy’s D isn’t nearly as good–notice how often the Nets iso’d Gerald Green on Dunleavy, and, how effective this was? Dunleavy has so many good qualities, but, he can be overpowered pretty easily on the defensive end. I, too, would like to see him get the nod over Delfino, just to see what would happen–but his role on the Udroh-Jennings late game team is pretty solid.
    I don’t know how to feel about this game. I guess it was good we could beat a team while away on a back-to-back, and while coasting through the first 2.5 quarters. But, c’mon, they didn’t have Williams or Lopez, and we made Kris Humphries look like a doltish Minnesotan Moses Malone.
    Jennings’s D leaves a lot to be desired. Farmar was penetrating over and over again at the end of this game because Jennings kept doing that stupid matador D where he tries to get a steal from behind the player. Let me repeat, Jordan Farmar was getting to the rim at will. Yeah, that Jordan Farmar that looks like Sloth from the Goonies, just with a bad, Jersey-Shore esque hairdo.

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