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Jennings steps up, leads Bucks past Sixers

| March 5, 2012

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Philadelphia 76ers 93 Final

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97 Milwaukee Bucks
Ersan Ilyasova, PF 42 MIN | 3-11 FG | 4-4 FT | 18 REB | 4 AST | 11 PTS | +7Reliable Ersan. Struggled from the floor. surged on the glass. He seems good for at least one big rebounding quarters every game and tonight’s was the third. Nine rebounds in the third alone helped him to 18 on the night, yet another big board effort for Milwaukee’s fast rising power forward.
Drew Gooden, PF 36 MIN | 9-21 FG | 7-8 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 25 PTS | +9With Jennings taking on a heavy scoring load and Milwaukee’s defense accentuating Philadelphia’s offensive weaknesses, the Bucks didn’t need a second huge scoring effort. They just needed someone to prove reliable in work with Jennings. Gooden was up to the task. He regularly connected on pick and pops with Jennings once the point guard got going and forced the defense to react to him.
Carlos Delfino, SF 21 MIN | 1-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 2 PTS | 0Not sure what has happened to Delfino. He’s shooting worse than 25% from the field over his past five games and an even worse sub-20% from three. Milwaukee could certainly use production out of him so long as Stephen Jackson isn’t playing and Tobias Harris isn’t really ready.
Brandon Jennings, PG 42 MIN | 11-23 FG | 7-8 FT | 4 REB | 7 AST | 33 PTS | +5Damn fine game. Damn fine. 19 points in the first quarter set the tone for what could have been a special night. Reality and rest caught up to Jennings and he only mustered 14 points the rest of the way, but that’s still a great night when you add in his seven assists and general play. Defensively, he had some problems with Jrue Holiday early, but it wasn’t for lack of effort. If anything, he was putting a little too much effort in, being a little too aggressive. It hurt the team early, but it was just a flesh wound. They recovered — he helped make sure.
Mike Dunleavy, SF 33 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | -5As he often does, he found a way to fit in. I’ll be honest, seeing him on Andre Iguodala in the fourth quarter was a terrifying site. But it didn’t get the Bucks killed. Credit Dunleavy for handling himself admirably against a player who, athletically, is playing on a different difficulty level than him.

Two Things We Saw

  1. Sure, Gooden played well. But his turnover with less than two minutes to play was especially dangerous. Milwaukee held just a five point lead when Gooden fired a cross court pass three rows into the stands. This is the kind of thing that happens to a guy who gets a lane violation on his own free throw. Some very Gooden moments.
  2. First half for the Sixers: 22-45 FG (48%). Second half: 13-49 FG (27%). Scott Skiles has been lamenting the defense as of late, but he had little reason to frown when this one finished. Brandon Jennings in particular played a much better second half, culminating on the final possession when he nearly forced a turnover on Lou Williams. Yes, he gambled and got beat seconds later, but Lou missed, so we’ll just overlook that for now.

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Jeremy Schmidt writes the Milwaukee Bucks blog Bucksketball. He founded it in January of 2009 because he hated his job. It’s like basketball, but with Bucks instead of basket. I know ... I’m sorry. He might come off as a bit negative, but I'm really not so bad. He just wants the Bucks to succeed, so he points out areas where they are coming up short. Someone has got to do it and he's ornery and opinionated enough to take on that task. He isn't sure if this should be in third person or not. Contact him at Jeremy@Bucksketball.com if you must use e-mail.

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  1. Teddddd says:

    Spot on review, I really hope they trade Ersan soon tho before the Bucks start winning more

  2. keefeklug says:

    As one of the 20 Bucks fans left in the world I hate to rain on the positivity parade but:
    1. Gooden’s 9-21 is not a mark of ‘consistency’ or of ‘regularly connecting’ for a power forward…maybe for a 3pt shooter, but not for a ball stopper like Corey Villenueva Gooden.  
     
    2.  19+10 does not equal 33
     
    3.  Jennings let Jrue (or Lou…sorry I am lacking memory) drive straight past him to miss a game tying floater with time running down.  Mo Williams 2.0 
     
    We beat a team who is now 2-8 in their last ten games.  I try to be an optimist when it comes to the Bucks, but aside from rare moments of defensive clarity this was business as usual for the mediocre squad.  I am glad the boys pulled out the W, but I’d be much happier with more rookie play and some tanking.
     
     

    •  @keefeklug Ha. I blew that 19 + 10 moment. My fault, I wrote that when Jennings had .. take a guess … 29 points. Figured he wouldn’t score again because I’m awful like that. I apologize though, that’s just straight sloppy.
       
      I’d say Drew was pretty good on the mid-range jumper off the pick and roll with Jennings. He took some other ill-advised ones, but as they worked together, it looked good.

      • keefeklug says:

         @jeremyschmidt no sweat on the addition.  if you saw my bank account you would know im pretty bad at math.  Drew has his moments, but he is not the sort of player you want to base your offense around.  I understand we are shorthanded downlow, but he always rubs me the wrong way

  3. MatthewSchwendinger says:

    I love seeing the boys win, but now i kind of want a top 5 lottery pick… IDK.