Too much for tankers: Bucks 116 – Blazers 87

Milwaukee Bucks 116 Final
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87 Portland Trail Blazers
Carlos Delfino, SF 38 MIN | 6-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 16 PTS | +25

Early March for Delfino: 6-29 from behind the arc.

Last three games for Delfino: 10-19 from behind the arc.

Looks like he’s figured things out a bit. The ball movement Milwaukee has displayed lately should benefit Delfino as much as anyone. He can plant himself outside the arc and wait for his teammates to share.

Drew Gooden, PF 31 MIN | 8-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 19 PTS | +13

Gooden was unstoppable in the first quarter. He made six of seven shots and scored 13 points. He spent the rest of the game collecting a few rebounds and handing out some assists, as that’s what he does now I guess. 19 points in 31 minutes on 12 shots is hardly a bad way to follow up Eastern Conference player of the week honors.

Monta Ellis, SG 32 MIN | 4-8 FG | 5-6 FT | 3 REB | 9 AST | 14 PTS | +5

Skeptics (ME!), have felt very good about Ellis’ first two games.

He’s moving the ball and he’s a serious threat to other teams. He isn’t forcing up bad shots and more importantly, he isn’t holding onto the ball too long. A ball stopper could kill this offense’s flow. Ellis hasn’t at all been that. Ellis has had a pretty efficient two games and been a willing passer. This is not always who he has been. If he can keep this up … wow.

Mike Dunleavy, SF 22 MIN | 6-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 15 PTS | +14

Without question, Dunleavy is having one of Milwaukee’s finest seasons off the bench in quite some time. Every game he’s moving the ball and hitting shots.

Ekpe Udoh, PF 16 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 2 PTS | +13

We heard a lot about Udoh’s defense before he arrived and he’s made good on the talk through two games. Four blocks against the Blazers and surprisingly, six rebounds. He’s been more a quiet defender in his career – good plus/minus numbers, good rotations, but not much on the stat sheet. Tuesday was a very good numbers game for him.

Four Things We Saw

  1. The Bucks have gone over 30 assists as a team eight times this season and in those games are now 8-0. If Milwaukee can crank out one more 30+ assist game, they’ll match the 2003-04 season in which they had nine 30+ assist games. That team went 6-3 in those games. The 2000-01 team also had nine 30+ assist games and went 8-1.
  2. Eight straight games with an offensive rating of 100 or more for Milwaukee now. In those games, the Bucks are 7-1. Milwaukee is now ranked nine in the league in offensive rating. This is not last year’s Bucks team.
  3. Impressive balance. Six Bucks scored between 14-19 points. That’s the benefit of teamwork, a deep roster and playing a bad team. Milwaukee’s really capitalized on opportunities presented to them lately.
  4. The Knicks, the Raptors, the Nets, the Cavs, the Warriors and now the Blazers. All dispatched. More importantly, the Bucks got better as this six game winning streak has gone on. I mean, they literally got better. Ellis and Udoh have done a great job of fitting in so far. Now the true test begins. Three games in three nights coming up starting Thursday with the Celtics.

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  1. Didn’t I tell everyone to relax when the trade was made? Everyone was so focused on Monta and saying he is scorer and selfish player and it’ll never work in Mke. But like I said, put him in a different setting with a culture other than run and gun and players, esp. smart ones like Monta, will know how to adjust. He’s making all of our players better. All we needed was a player of his caliber. It wasn’t Monta’s fault he jacked up a lot of shots in GS. That’s because that offense in GS encourages you to do so.  

      •  @MatthewSchwendinger I know the competition has been bottom-tier lately, but isn’t it nice to watch a few blowouts wins every once in a while, as opposed to either being the one blown out or having every game go down to the wire?

        •  @Marq  @MatthewSchwendinger Here here!  Can’t remember the last blowout win.  Too many blowout losses…

  2. PattiRafalskiDavison

    I know the idea here is not to grade everyone on the whole team, but that’s not to say that BJ and Beno didn’t also turn in performances deserving of high marks.  We talk about everyone getting assists, but also worth noting is that everyone is rebounding too.  Ersan looked like he just got over bronchitis.  I hope that he can make a contribution these next three games, however limited it may be.  
    What a wonderful thing a DVR is since Thursday night I will want to watch Marquette, Wisconsin and Bucks.  On Wisconsin!!!!