Size-less Bucks lose sizable game: Pacers 105 – Bucks 99
|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
- 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.
- 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.
- Milwaukee now sits two and a half games back from the Sixers for the eighth seed.