So much ninth seed: Wizards 121 – Bucks 112
|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.
|Larry Sanders, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS |
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
- 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.
- Milwaukee appears allergic to getting stops. The Wizards scored on 11 of their final 13 possessions.
- Sixers won, Knicks won. Bucks are 2.5 out with five to play. Things couldn’t look much bleaker.
- 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.