So much ninth seed: Wizards 121 – Bucks 112

Milwaukee Bucks 112 Final
Recap | Box Score
121 Washington Wizards
Ersan Ilyasova, PF 32 MIN | 3-9 FG | 7-8 FT | 11 REB | 1 AST | 14 PTS | -7

He had some help on the glass for once, but Ilyasova so often seems forgotten while Milwaukee’s guards and Drew Gooden all battle over shots. Meanwhile, Ersan spots up around the arc, leads the league in 3-point percentage and gets the majority of his shots on offensive rebounds. It seems like more could be done to get him looks.

Drew Gooden, PF 34 MIN | 7-16 FG | 7-9 FT | 12 REB | 6 AST | 21 PTS | -5

Gooden had a very impressive fourth quarter simply from a passion standpoint. He was screaming at teammates, hell bent on winning what obviously everyone knew was a crucial game. He’s a vet. He knows what it’s like to get to the playoffs and he knows what it’s like to sit at home. In that final quarter, he didn’t play like he wanted to be sitting at home. Nine points and six rebounds in the fourth quarter alone. 21 and 12 (with six assists too) on the night.

Monta Ellis, SG 42 MIN | 14-25 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 6 AST | 31 PTS | -13

He scored a lot of points again. That’s always encouraged. He has a different way of having big nights though. If someone like Lebron scores 35, a lot of times it comes on 18-20 shots. That’s what makes him a star. When Monta has had big scoring nights though, it’s just had a lot to do with his jumper falling. He doesn’t often seem to combine a nice shooting night with getting to the free throw line. That would be a cool thing if he did that. The Knicks game was something of an example, though that night had a lot to do with him making threes too. But until he combines accurate shooting with big free throw totals, his big scoring nights are often offset by high shot totals and less impressive.

Also, he didn’t really want it with Jordan Crawford. Goodness.

Brandon Jennings, PG 38 MIN | 8-19 FG | 6-6 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 25 PTS | -7

Scott Skiles harped on Milwaukee’s decision making and execution late in the Pacers game. If he was upset with it then, he probably wanted to explode when he saw Jennings rise and fire seven seconds into the shot clock for an off-balance pull-up jumper with the Bucks down four and 2:04 left in the game. Crucial miss that seemed totally unnecessary.

And while we’re here, Jennings is quick and he has some athleticism. But it’s crazy to watch him against guys like Westbrook and Wall. They are just on another level that I’m to sure he’ll ever be able to reach. Mainly because like one percent of the population is physically capable of being on that level.

Mike Dunleavy, SF 35 MIN | 4-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | -2

A pretty quiet evening for Dunleavy considering how he’s come out shooting everything in pockets of the last few games. He was one of the culprits defensively tonight, as he couldn’t keep the Bucks from losing sight of the Chris and James Singletons of the world.

Beno Udrih, PG 6 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | +4

He probably isn’t thrilled. Six minutes. Monta’s arrival hasn’t done wonders for his minutes per game. In the last seven games he’s been active for and played 15 minutes or less in, the Bucks are 1-6. The one win was a 95-90 slugfest with Charlotte too. Interesting.


I didn’t have sound on when watching the game, so I can only assume Larry Sanders was too ill to play.

Four Things We Saw

  1. Did the Bucks become a better version of the last few Golden State teams when they made the Monta trade? Or were they just playing competition so bad that they appeared like a better version? This all offense no defense thing isn’t such a great look. We saw it with Mo and Redd for a long time. It doesn’t end well.
  2. Milwaukee appears allergic to getting stops. The Wizards scored on 11 of their final 13 possessions.
  3. Sixers won, Knicks won. Bucks are 2.5 out with five to play. Things couldn’t look much bleaker.
  4. The Pacers loss last game and the potential Pacers loss Thursday, those can be lived with. This was the one that’s a real killer. Milwaukee probably, at the very least, had to win all of the games they were supposed to win. This was a game they were supposed to win. It will now take a near historic collapse from the Sixers for the Bucks to make the playoffs. Because Milwaukee couldn’t handle Jordan Crawford, Keven Saraphin, two guys named Singleton and Jan Vesley.


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  1. I don’t want to make the playoffs with this team and just be whipped in the first round. It was nice seeing the effort from Gooden but that is how he always is. We definitely are getting closer to saying maybe next year

  2. I think it is time to play the young guys and build on the remainder of the season. 

    • PattiRafalskiDavison

       @ThisIsntUnicef We’re probably going to see more of Udoh and Sanders against Pacers tonight.  Skiles had Livingston in there last night playing more minutes than he’s seen lately.  It’s been three months since his surgery….put Kwame Brown in!

      •  @PattiRafalskiDavison 
        Nah, Kwame is totally unecessary at this point. He’s a seasoned veteran and a FA that won’t likely be back, and we know what we’d get from him at this point (next to nothing). I’d rather just play Brockman. Well, let me think about that last statement.
        I’m going to give Skiles the benefit of the doubt and assume Sanders was ailing, like Jeremy is. Maybe he had food poisoning or something.

  3. PattiRafalskiDavison

    Well that was a stunning loss.  Everyone had a moment of brilliance and then everyone had a total lapse of judgement.  We couldn’t hit a 3 while they rained 3’s down on us.  At least the Bucks did hit their free throws tonight…they did so at an 85% clip while holding the Wiz down to only 64% at the line!

  4. What coaches are available once the Bucks fire Skiles? Why did we ever get rid of Karl????

    •  @colmex 
      Because under Karl, we amounted to a jump shooting team with talented but incohesive guards, a porous defense, and no clear starting big man of the future on the roster. Oh, wait…

    •  @colmex Skiles isn’t the problem, but he probably should be the scapegoat
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  5. Man, feel real sorry for Bucks fans.  Looks like you guys are going to miss the playoffs.  too bad since although Bucks wouldnt win a series, they would make it very entertaining to watch.  

  6. Sixty games in and Skiles still doesn’t have a rotation down. I am a not-so-secret admirer of Livingston, but he should not be getting more minutes than Udrih, who should be getting as much love as Dunleavy for his contributions from the bench.

    •  @Marq Livingston is cool, but the issue is that he doesn’t help space the court. Makes it tough to count on him as a reliable guard when he can’t even attempt a three.

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  8. Just plain tired of the mediocraty(sp) of the team. Either blow it all up or go all in but stop this crap of fielding a occasional “oneround” playoff team and then a middle of the road lottery team.

  9. This is my first time posting on here.  I have to say I love the Bucks!  What a mystery they are!   To go from great defensive team to terrible is shocking!  Is it all because of Bogut’s absence?  That’s crazy if it is.  One person means that much!  But Bogut was slowing down the offense.  In his early years I was always wondering why the Bucks wouldn’t pass it to him (instead Redd would jack up something) but then ever since his injury I was hoping they wouldn’t pass it to him.  He simply had lost his shooting touch.  And oh how scared I was when he got it down low.  Please don’t foul him.  Please don’t foul him.  His freethrow shooting last year made Dan Gadzuric look competent at the line.  With that being said they guy who has replaced him Monta has has been a pleasant surprise in regards to his passing.  Last night against the Wiz he was really passing well to Ersan in the first quarter and then Ersan bobbled two passes in a row and a third one seemed to go high or he was not ready for it.  After that Ersan didn’t get too many passes I’m afraid.
    Go Bucks!!!!!!

  10. What have i been saying? These dipshits are going to miss the playoffs AND get a  crappy pick.
    They have NO CENTER, and over-paying for Ersan would be dumb. You think this season is disappointing?
    Just wait ’til next year. Drying paint wouldn’t watch THEM.

    •  @flyingking so now its a good thing to predict bad things…I’m sorry but after every lose I see you commenting stating how bad the team is. If you don’t like the team start following the Heat boards that way you can be happy as to how good that team is. We like to discuss things regardless of opinion. But just stating they suck is not constructive in any way, shape, or form.

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