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Size-less Bucks lose sizable game: Pacers 105 – Bucks 99

| April 14, 2012

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Indiana Pacers 105 Final
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99 Milwaukee Bucks
Ersan Ilyasova, PF 21 MIN | 4-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 11 PTS | +4

His minutes have been a bit limited lately, seemingly due to some match-up issues. But at what point do match-ups become less of an issue and does it become a priority to get one of the Bucks better players on the court whenever possible. His size seems to be his biggest limitation from him ever taking another step forward. West and Hibbert were both far too big for him to be as effective as he can be on the glass.

Drew Gooden, PF 26 MIN | 2-10 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | -7

He was unable to recapture Friday night’s magic. The jumpers did not fall. Against the Pistons, he was 9-13 from 16-23 feet. The Bucks would have loved to see such accuracy against Hibbert so he’d have to come out and contest and quit grabbing boards inside. He ceded his minutes to Sanders in the fourth.

Monta Ellis, SG 38 MIN | 8-18 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 20 PTS | -2

This game was there for the taking throughout the second half of the fourth quarter. From 4:00 to 1:14 left in the fourth, Milwaukee trailed 99-96. Ellis attempted, and missed, one shot during that stretch. So much for the guy who was going to carry the Bucks at the end of games.

Brandon Jennings, PG 45 MIN | 6-19 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 10 AST | 16 PTS | -7

The numbers look fun at first glance. A near triple-double! Let’s go! But Jennings was 0-5 with a turnover in the fourth quarter. Not exactly prepping for a sequel to Reggie Miller’s documentary “Winning Time.”

Mike Dunleavy, SF 22 MIN | 5-8 FG | 1-4 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 13 PTS | 0

He looked like he wanted to take things over in the fourth. He took three of the Bucks first four shots and attempted a pair of free throws. Crazy thing was, he missed both free throws. And he missed a tech free throw earlier. 1-4 at the stripe for Mike Dunleavy?! Crazy night. But he did a good job of going to get rebounds outside of his space throughout the fourth quarter.

Ekpe Udoh, PF 14 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | -10

Udoh has good ability as a defender, but if he’s going to be a good rotation player on a good team he has to be a better rebounder. He played center for 14 minutes and failed to grab one rebound. Meanwhile the Pacers starting front line combined for nine offensive boards.

Larry Sanders, C 25 MIN | 3-3 FG | 2-6 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | -1

What a very Larry Sanders game. He was actually okay and looked pretty in control of himself, of the game, of a lot of things. But things kind of got away from him late. He racked up a couple fouls and he caught a pass on the top of the key and took everyone on an adventure. He first carried, it wasn’t called, then he eventually made a pass into the tunnel under the hoop. But he lasted 25 minutes, so there’s that.

Three Things We Saw

  1. Skiles was not thrilled with Ilyasova’s contested 3-pointer with the Bucks down three late in the fourth quarter. He didn’t want to single Ilyasova out, as he saw a number of poorly executed plays by the team throughout the game. That’s the problem he says the Bucks have. They are unable to come down, execute a play and finish it off. Maybe it’s a lack of practice or repetition, but whatever it is, we see it by the boat load game in and game out.
  2. Oh the free throws. 16-26 for the game and 0-5 in the fourth quarter. That is not the way to close out a game during a playoff push.
  3. Milwaukee now sits two and a half games back from the Sixers for the eighth seed.

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  1. JustinNixon says:

    Would you look at that? Anthony Randolph had 22 points, 11 rebounds, and a block against a team that we could not get inside on.. But hey.. what do I know about basketball? Amazing what happens when a guy gets some playing time

    • Teddddd says:

       @JustinNixon but he wouldnt get any playing time for the Bucks, he’s just another Power Forward and Skiles wouldnt like him cuz as documented, he doesn’t put forth any effort (certainly not enough for Skiles)
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      • PattiRafalskiDavison says:

         @Teddddd He wouldn’t get playing time unless he was performing better than Ersan, Gooden, Udoh, LRMBM….assuming we already gave up Sanders/Brockman & 2nd round pick in trade for him.

      • JustinNixon says:

        @Teddddd @JustinNixon you saying he wouldn’t get any playing time doesn’t disprove my stance that he is an underutilized talent.. again my position is based on fact and yours on speculation

        • PattiRafalskiDavison says:

           @JustinNixon When was this trade for Anthony Randolph offered to Bucks by Timberwolves?  Was it at this last trade deadline?  I never saw anything on it.

        • JustinNixon says:

          @PattiRafalskiDavison no Patti it was one of my what if Scenarios

        • Teddddd says:

           @JustinNixon  he might be an underutilized talent but knowing Scott Skiles and knowing Randolph it’s pretty easy to figure out that they wouldnt gel together well. If Don Nelson wouldn’t play him on a Golden State team that was notorious for being lackadaisical on the court and being buried in the depth chart behind Dark Milicic on the Wolves? I think that kinda speaks for itself
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  2. PattiRafalskiDavison says:

    THE STAT: The Bucks outscored the Pacers by two points from the field and both teams attempted 26 free throws. But the Bucks made just 16 of their freebies while the Pacers poured in 24.
     
    Looks like more free throw practice is in order!  Do you suppose this is a case of nerves?  Not relaxed?  The hurrier I go the behinder I get?

  3. DarvinHam says:

    WE NEED A CENTER!!! Isn’t it funny that we traded away the franchise center, and now the biggest need is center? Unofficial poll: how many of you don’t want the Bucks to make the playoffs, so we can at least have a chance (albeit a tiny, tiny chance) in the lottery? Being the 7 or 8 seed would be nice, and I am glad that the Bucks have really tried this hard, but, shoot, being in the playoffs means we are a tune-up for the Bulls or Heat.

    • Teddddd says:

       @DarvinHam they’ll get one this offseason, that was a good trade, got rid of 2 players that were basically rotting on the bench for an All Star calibur player. Lots of capable Centers in this years draft that will be in the 10-16 range, and several proven veterans in the FA market where the Bucks will have a good amount of cap room
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