Monta, Monta, Monta, Monta and Monta. I spit hot fire. Bucks 108 – Hawks 101

Atlanta Hawks 101 Final

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108 Milwaukee Bucks
Ekpe Udoh, PF 31 MIN | 3-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +5

I’m man-crushing pretty hard on Udoh. He fills holes everyone else misses. Plays great defense without fouling. He constantly moving his feet and arms. He’s much thicker than Sanders and more versatile than Bogut ever was – he was guarding Josh Smith tonight. He has a ways to go in guarding bigger players, but he’ll be a defensive anchor in this league. His rebounding is much better than anything he showed in Golden State and any points from him are a huge bonus.

Monta Ellis, SG 41 MIN | 15-24 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 8 AST | 33 PTS | -2

The Bucks offense looked quite meager at the end of the third. No big. Ellis poured in 17 points and two assists in the fourth. His outburst was fueled by long twos and getting a few easy transition breaks The highlight of the night was an Ellis steal off a bad Jeff Teague pass that lead to a dunk.

Brandon Jennings, PG 39 MIN | 6-13 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 6 AST | 18 PTS | +4

The Ellis/Jennings backcourt sort of mirrors my feelings about any song with Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson. In theory, this is a great idea. In practice, it’s not so hot. The guys can’t share a song together and it’s best if one guy just dominates the song the same way Jackson owns “The Girl is Mine.” I’m not saying I’m right, I’m not even saying this is a good analogy, I’m not a music critic. I’m saying that this is going to end with an Ellis buying the rights to Jennings shoe collection.

Four Things We Saw

  1. Frontcourt of my dreams: Larry Sanders and Ekpe Udoh together at last! Udoh fills the holes Sanders leaves open when he gets a little overzealous with his blocking. The Bucks allowed 16 points during the approximately 11 minutes that duo was out there. The Bucks allowed considerably more points when Gooden was on the floor.
  2. So how is this Jennings/Ellis thing going to work? Jennings has to be the outside guy and Ellis has to be the slasher, right? But then where does Jennings create from there?
  3. The Bucks finally beat a team with a winning record. And they did it with a short bench. The sky isn’t falling anymore, but that doesn’t mean the window isn’t closing.
  4. The new guys, Udoh and Ellis, kept talking about passing, passing, passing in the post-game interviews. But the game was won because a guy just decided to not pass. Regardless of what anyone says, Ellis took bad shots tonight. Sometimes it works, most times it’s better to pass it off.

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  1. I have been reading your posts for weeks now, just wanted to give you some props for your continued work. It has been an up and down season, but still being in the race has a little buzz going around WI right now.  Keep it up and hopefully the team can as well!

  2. I think this was first game where Monta played a bit more selfishly and i mean that in a good way, also this was the only game i’ve ever seen LRMAM hit several shots 15-18 feet, if he can continue to make that corner jumper, then he will earn his 5 mil a year paycheck
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    • PattiRafalskiDavison

       @Teddddd There have been times when LRMBM has been money with that corner jumper…nice to see it falling again last night.

  3. Monta did what he was brought the Milwaukee to do. I have no problem with him taking over in the 4th quarter. I think it is still too early to make a call on the back court being able to mesh into something special.  For those questioning LRMAM’s contract, remember that he wasn’t re signed for his offense. 

  4. PattiRafalskiDavison

    Why does BJ mark go down as a function of Ellis mark going up?  The success of one guard is dependent on the other.  One draws defenders to leave another teammate open.  Shots were dropping, the guys played aggressively, and we put a much needed game in the ‘W’ column.  Yahoo!

  5. I didn’t see the game last night so I can’t tell if you Sanders/Udoh comment was sarcastic or not. Defensively it seems like they would complement each other well, please tell me next year we get to call the Bucks ‘Block City’. But can the Bucks stay up tempo with both of them on the floor on the offensive end?
    ‘Block City’ alternatives: “Pop Up Zone Nightmares” and “I Ain’t Afraid of No Post”

    • PattiRafalskiDavison

       @Wombat02 How about there was reason to be optimistic for the future?  A little light at the end of the tunnel?

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  7. 4. The new guys, Udoh and Ellis, kept talking about passing, passing, passing in the post-game interviews. But the game was won because a guy just decided to not pass. Regardless of what anyone says, Ellis took bad shots tonight. Sometimes it works, most times it’s better to pass it off.??????
    – This is ridiculous. If Ellis would have pass the ball to another teammate more, then Bucks would not have won the game. He was in the zone tonight so that’s why he took so many shots and MADE them. I don’t think you’ve seen any Monta Ellis’s dominating games. He’s as great of a clutch player as the best of the game today. Did you see how many assist he had? 8 and your still implying that he’s a ball hog? Come on man… Oh yeah by the way, keep an eye on Udoh, he’s game just keeps getting better and better.