|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
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.