In the Knick of time, Ersan is there. Hooray Puns!
|Ersan Ilyasova, PF 36 MIN | 9-13 FG | 6-7 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 26 PTS | +7
A rare non-double digit rebounding game for Ilyasova. This was only the sixth time since February 1 that Ilyasova failed to grab 10 boards. Had he grabbed seven, eight or nine I would hardly be surprising, but to see Ilyasova grab just three rebounds was just crazy. He played on the wing a lot with the Knicks going small, so that played a role. More importantly, almost all of his boards came with about a minute to play. His two rebounds that led to four points late are what made this a win. As usual, he was in the right spot at the right time.
|Drew Gooden, PF 32 MIN | 4-12 FG | 4-6 FT | 10 REB | 5 AST | 12 PTS | -13
Is it just me, or is Drew Gooden almost always falling down? I don’t hate him for it. He’s providing a lot of effort on both sides, even if he isn’t the most sound defender. He’s incredibly physical and incredibly involved in every game. He’s a guy you’ll never have to worry about giving full effort.
|Carlos Delfino, SF 36 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 14 PTS | +2
A good time for Delfino to snap out of his recent shooting slump? How about when the Knicks come into town points in hand. After making just 2-14 threes over his past four games, Delfino punished the Knicks from outside, hitting 4-6 threes. To say the least, New York struggles with rotating out to open shooters. Just the cure Delfino was searching for I suppose.
|Brandon Jennings, PG 38 MIN | 9-18 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 10 AST | 25 PTS | -1
Jennings seems to enjoy big crowds as much as he enjoys playing against the Knicks. The Knicks thing always seemed to be in part because of their point guard deficiencies, but even the mighty Jeremy Lin had some trouble with Jennings. I wouldn’t have been surprised to see Jennings forcing things to assert his dominance over Lin, but he did a very good job of moving the ball and taking advantage of the opportunities that came to him.
|Mike Dunleavy, SF 35 MIN | 10-16 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 25 PTS | +10
At his finest. We saw him make shots over and over on Friday. He regularly made the Knicks pay for losing track of him. He moved the ball well too, as he almost always does. When New York got out to a hot start early, it was Dunleavy’s shooting and creation that kept the Bucks in the game. And his one-handed, catch the ball and head right into a layup motion was the highlight of the night for me.
|Larry Sanders, C 16 MIN | 4-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 11 REB | 1 AST | 9 PTS | +17
He still makes a lot of mistakes, but it’s very fun to watch Sanders have a strong game. A flash out of him seems so much more enjoyable than a flash out of a Jon Leuer. I guess because Larry Sanders flashes result in thundering dunks or out-of-nowhere blocked shots. Good times. He really stuck to what he does well, especially after the first quarter. His force on the offensive glass, which included using some muscle and position rather than just jumping, was impressive too.
Two Things We Saw
- This looked a lot closer to the team that played so well in early to mid-January than the team that’s been so brutal since. Of course, that likely had a lot to do with a Knicks defense missing virtually its only quality defensive player in Tyson Chandler. Maybe you could throw Jared Jeffries in there too. However you slice it, this wasn’t a good defensive team and the Bucks took advantage of that.
- Hilarious to hear Jennings talk about Lin after the game. He was so dismissive, it was like a girl that used to be the talk of the town talking about the new girl that had stolen everyone’s attention. He bristled almost immediately when he heard Lin’s name.
“He’s good. I don’t know about the whole Linsanity thing. He’s a good point guard in a great system. If I could put it like that. He should be able to get numbers, he should be able to get assists with Amar’e, with ‘Melo, Landry Fields, J.R. Smith and all those guys. If any point guard goes there they all should be able to get numbers. He’s a good player.”