The Warriors aren’t really Warriors if you ask me: Bucks 120 – Warriors 98
|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.*
|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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.