The Warriors aren’t really Warriors if you ask me: Bucks 120 – Warriors 98

Milwaukee Bucks 120 Final
Recap | Box Score
98 Golden State Warriors
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, SF 33 MIN | 10-15 FG | 2-4 FT | 17 REB | 2 AST | 22 PTS | +35

Ersan didn’t play, but Luc Mbah a Moute had things covered. A new career high in points and back to back double-doubles for the first time in his career. Over and over Mbah a Moute cut into the paint and found himself open at the rim. With his current set of teammates so into passing the ball, Luc kept catching passes and finishing. He made 10 field goals, all of them at the rim. Terrific job finishing by him, terrific job of passing by his teammates and pathetic defensive effort from the Warriors.

Drew Gooden, PF 28 MIN | 6-14 FG | 4-4 FT | 11 REB | 4 AST | 16 PTS | -2

He’s drawing more and more attention from the opposition and he seems to be more and more willing to take advantage of the situation to find teammates. Really impressive work from Gooden again, the lower shooting percentage notwithstanding. He might really benefit from the speed of Jennings and Ellis.

Monta Ellis, SG 39 MIN | 6-15 FG | 6-6 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 18 PTS | +33

Well, Monta joined the team and Milwaukee’s offense kept running smoothly. Credit him and the Bucks for putting him in a position where he wasn’t going to disrupt the flow. Monta was coming off screens all night and had a lot of success of curls. He didn’t shoot a great percentage, but that’s going to come and go. What’s important is that he fit himself in and he’s being put in a position to succeed.

Brandon Jennings, PG 30 MIN | 6-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 7 AST | 13 PTS | +16

Not much of a test for the Jennings-Ellis combo tonight, but whatever the test was, they passed. Both guys played well enough to help put this one away early. It was good to see Jennings stay as the primary ball-handler with Ellis playing off of him. I really see that as an opportunity for each to have some more success. Less shooting off the dribble for both of them would be ideal.

Mike Dunleavy, SF 19 MIN | 7-8 FG | 6-6 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 24 PTS | +18

*Pump fake.* *Defender flies by.* *Dunleavy takes a dribble and knocks down a shot.*
Over and over. He threw in a few catch and shoots coming off screens and contributed to the ball movement party too.

Beno Udrih, PG 20 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 9 AST | 5 PTS | +3

Udrih and Dunleavy are pretty good players to pair with Jennings and Ellis. They make a lot of smart plays and they can both catch and shoot very well. Each is capable of getting in the paint and pulling out a finish despite a lack of elite athleticism too. Once again, Udrih led the team in assists too.

Three Things We Saw

  1. Milwaukee absolutely carved up the Warriors defense. 33 assists and 52 points in the paint. The Warriors had some brief success with a zone defense, but as soon as the Bucks figured that out, this one was over. Milwaukee was way too talented for the Warriors – made too many shots, moved the ball too well and defended too strong. Simply a dominant effort.
  2. Bad teams are often going to lose. But good teams really crush bad teams. Milwaukee was a very good team tonight. The margin of victory really could have been more like 30 if not for some garbage time buckets. We’ll have to see if the Warriors are really this bad and the Bucks are really this good, but this was a great start to the Ellis Era.
  3. Really, Milwaukee couldn’t have asked for new players to come at a more ideal time. Just two games in six days, so the team has plenty of time to practice. Plus the Bucks are playing the Warriors and Blazers, two teams openly tanking right now, so it’s like they get two live practices for the new guys too. Milwaukee should be good and ready for their three games in three days stretch late next week.

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  1. Bucks very fortunate to have Ellis learn the offense against 2 teams that are in fresh rebuilding mode, Portland should also be a breeze, never a guarantee in the NBA tho still gotta show up to play. This is a scary team offensively now

    • PattiRafalskiDavison

       @Teddddd That Blazers game is scary in that Bucks might take it for granted with management blowing up the team.  They still have  several key players that they left in place, along with the week to play with players acquired in trade.  I think it’s a great opportunity for Bucks to show their playoff moxy…let’s hope that’s the Bucks that show up to play that night.

  2. Good first start but we will see if this was due to lack of effort by the warriors or the Bucks imposing their will

  3. PattiRafalskiDavison

    Well that was fun!  Seems to me that this has been the plan all along.  Bring in guys that know how to move …it…the ball..the pass…your a$$…  Jennings is small and quick and best asset so get guys to play to his strengths.  Actually, that’s the strength of our forwards too.  JH will get this team another ‘center’ or ‘power’ forward, but in the meantime this is a fun, fast team that I would not describe as run and gun.  They pass to find an open man, but it’s not without defense.  Size will be a problem against top teams, but if these guys show that’s all they need (bait) and we have the cap room (hook), well FA time just might catch us a big fish!
    Go Bucks!

  4. This game was over in the first quarter! Loved Ellis’s debut–you can already tell his presence is going to make life so much easier for Jennings. The sharing was outstanding again–and if things broke down, thank goodness we can get the ball into the hands of someone who can create. You can tell height mismatches on D may be a problem with Ellis though, that big 2 Golden State had hit 4 3’s when Ellis was on him (Wright). I’m so looking forward to watching this play out!!! And, hey, it’s good to be excited about the Bucks again, right?

  5. Wow. First time in a long while we have someone who can create some excitement by dribble driving and finishing with razzle dazzle.

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