But the momentum…Knicks 102 – Bucks 88

New York Knicks 102 FinalRecap | Box Score 88 Milwaukee Bucks
Tobias Harris, SF 10 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -3Unsurprisingly, Carmelo Anthony was unstoppable. He backed up Marquis Daniels too easily and he shot over Daniels for a few threes just as easily. His first step was too quick for Ekpe Udoh or any other big man that tried to guard him. Harris had the best defensive effort against Anthony because he’s a physically ideal matchup. He’s strong enough to not get backed up while being quick enough to not get beat. But Anthony is incredibly savvy and served a diverse meal of post-ups, spot-ups and isos against the young Harris. Harris couldn’t keep up and got smoked like everyone else. At least he stayed near his defensive assignment. That’s a step in the right direction.
Monta Ellis, PG 27 MIN | 6-11 FG | 5-6 FT | 2 REB | 7 AST | 17 PTS | -11When asked before the game whether the Bucks 27 point comeback against the Bulls could yield any momentum, Coach Scott Skiles said some guys were being a bit “pouty” because they didn’t get to participate in the comeback. Just an hunch, but those guys are probably Ellis, Jennings, and Larry Sanders. Ellis and Jennings expect/demand minutes in spite of themselves. And Sanders is an emotional guy. I bet he gets upset at a lot of things – a giant id realized on the basketball court.
Brandon Jennings, PG 29 MIN | 6-8 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 18 PTS | -24Offensively, Jennings and Ellis were fine this game. They had an efficient night. Ellis got to guard Ronnie Brewer all night so he didn’t have to do much at all. Jennings had to deal with Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni in the middle of a breakout game. Both guards roasted Jennings with some backdoor cuts and pick and rolls.
Ersan Ilyasova, SF 13 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | +4He has a breakout game against Chicago and then gets only 13 minutes against the Knicks. Is there something I’m missing here? Isn’t the goal to try to get him going?
Doron Lamb, SG 24 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -6He hit the first three of his NBA career! Awesome. Lamb looked less tentative to shoot and finally unveiled the vaunted shooting he was drafted for. Lamb definitely has upside, but don’t expect him to get anything more than garbage minutes this year. Skiles said that it’s not just about how well a guy plays, but who is he playing over.

Three Things We Saw

  1. It’s really hard to stage a comeback when one guy is completely unstoppable (Melo) and another guy never misses (Novak). This “go down by 20 and then make an outrageous comeback” seems like an unsound strategy.
  2. Rasheed Wallace went 1 for 5 from the three point line and the Knicks still shot 52%. The Bucks were getting broken down by cuts and pick and rolls from the very beginning of the game which lead to open Knicks shooters later and later in the game.


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  1. Is there something I’m missing here? Isn’t the goal to try to get him going?

    Jon & Jim made comment during warm up that Ersan was sick in the morning with flu, but he was going to try to play.

    I expect his limited play had much to do with not feeling well.

  2. I don’t know if any of you listen to the WSSP Post game but they had Gery Woelfel on and he suggested that they start looking to trade Ersan. At 7-6 and still being a first place, I don’t really understand the panic. I get the feeling that once they get away from the BMO Harris Bradley Center, we will feel better about this team. They always seem flat when they play at home.

    • I doubt there will be any significant trades made this season as Hammond is in the last year of his contract and I doubt he’ll be back with the Bucks. So Ersan is gonna be here to stay

    • Bucks struggled at home last year too. They are supposed to use home stand to their advantage, but this team somehow looses synchronicity.
      Perhaps they should all have to sleep on cots in gym the night before a game.

      • We never have any home fans. Most of the arena patrons pay to see the other team. It is sickening and unfortunate.

  3. Hello Bucks Fans

    I still like these guys very much. To me, they can beat any team in the league with a bit more accuracy, which is the case any night for the winning team. Against the Knicks, it got me wondering though. I think I will relax, take the losses since we will get into the playoffs anyhow. Everyone stay healthy, enjoy themselves and work on their game, like it is practice for the playoffs. I really believe in this team.

    Moving Ersan and Jennings? I would do it, the way Jennings seems to play. I wouldn’t have a clue about inside trading, so I don’t care. I like Skiles, and he sees well enough Udrih can play instead, and that Ersan knows he can’t play worse.

    I wonder about offensive “plays”. It appears to me, to start the 24 seconds, a bit of running around along with everyone getting a feel for the ball is the object when not fastbreaking. Then I think someone has the gumption to take matters into their hands, or, whoever hit recently is “known” to try again or, maybe Skiles calls out a code for who he’d like to shoot. I find that if there is some small incentive to be accurate, that makes a difference if the ball goes in. I could list these little “games”, and it would be interesting to list all of them, but is that boring? For example, “if your man just scored on you.” And, if one doesn’t win the challenge, one has a seat on the bench. Etc.

    Rotations, and Skiles getting out of town? I used to have my all-defensive team I wished would finish games. But this team is so incredibly deep, I don’t care, and Skiles knows who plays defense too. It seems at this point, there’s no pattern to the rotations. What idea did you have in mind? My favorite players are Monta, Udrih, Dunleavy, Udoh, Sanders, Daniels, Harris. Is that about right?

    I think we are fine, and flexible, even though our record doesn’t show it.

  4. A little off subject, but news nonetheless.

    Rondo will miss Friday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers and Sunday’s road game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

    Rondo was ejected from Wednesday’s 95-83 loss to the Nets in the second quarter when he shoved Nets forward Kris Humphries off the parquet to retaliate for a hard foul on Garnett. A shoving match ensued; Rondo, Humphries and Wallace were all ejected.

    Go Bucks!

  5. I’m curious as to why Udrih got no mention. 18 points off the bench on 8-12 shooting is something to talk about.

    Anyways, we couldn’t stop Melo, Chandler absolutely dominated, and we couldn’t stop the transition threes and couldn’t fight over screens to get a hand in their faces.

    The defensive effort really hasn’t been there this season, and that bothers me.

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