Feel good start suddenly not feeling so good: Bulls 93 – Bucks 86

Chicago Bulls 93 FinalRecap | Box Score 86 Milwaukee Bucks
Ersan Ilyasova, SF 30 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 6 PTS | -11Ersan got his 30 minutes. Everyone crowing for him to receive more playing time to work out of his funk can have a big party and celebrate his six points and six rebounds on another sub-50% shooting night.

Ilyasova also decisively lost postion in the paint to Carlos Boozer with about 30 seconds left as Joakim Noah was missing a layup. Boozer rose up and tip slammed the miss to give Chicago a four point lead and probably seal the game. It was Boozer’s eighth offensive rebound.

Tobias Harris, SF 20 MIN | 5-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | -5At some point, he’s got to get a shot at a few more minutes, right? Yeah, he’s still a bad rebounder, but some of that appears to be a function of him trying to bust out. Other times, he’s just guarding a guy who’s pretty far away from the hoop. He certainly doesn’t stick out as one of those guys with a great nose or hunger for the ball, but offensively, there’s something there that the Bucks lack in a lot of ways.
Joel Przybilla, C 17 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 0 PTS | -4I don’t know. Maybe we’ll find out eventually.

But, to say the least, Przybilla looks pretty slow when he’s out there for 17 minutes.

Monta Ellis, PG 36 MIN | 7-17 FG | 3-3 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 17 PTS | -7Milwaukee badly needed a guy to either get hot from deep or get to the line a bunch to stick with Chicago. Ellis wasn’t that guy. He missed his only three and attempted and made just three free throws. Sadly enough, he actually tied for the lead among starters with six rebounds. That says quite a bit about Ilyasova and Przybilla.
Brandon Jennings, PG 38 MIN | 10-20 FG | 2-4 FT | 1 REB | 7 AST | 23 PTS | -6Even with a loss, this game is still a success so long as Jennings isn’t seriously hurt, which he said he wasn’t after twisting his ankle late in the fourth quarter. If he has to miss a few games, that could be pretty painful.

Before his injury, Jennings was hitting an unusual number of mid-range jumpers, but still couldn’t stick more than one three. Jennings is 2-of-17 on threes over his past three games.

John Henson, PF 1 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -2So much for those extra minutes.
Mike Dunleavy, SF 28 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | 0Dunleavy is just 3-of-15 on threes over his past three games. This is a sort of slump the Bucks can hardly afford from their sole 3-point threat. Unfortunately, when Dunleavy is missing threes, his value plummets, despite how fun he is to watch. He’s been rebounding the ball well this season, but the Bulls took all of the rebounds Saturday, leaving only three for Mike.
Larry Sanders, C 29 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | 0Larry was an expert in dunking through the first five games of the season. We saw only one dunk in nine shot attempts against the Bulls. They wouldn’t let him get a clean look and forced him to throw up difficult floaters and running hooks that he had little success with. Defensively, Sanders had five blocks and was probably Milwaukee’s most effective big. He fouled out again, but two of those fouls came during the chase and foul at the end.

Four Things We Saw

  1. Chicago grabbed 20 offensive rebounds that led to 25 points. Milwaukee grabbed 10 that led to five points. Overall, the Bulls out-rebounded the Bucks 54-40.
  2. I was unable to attend the game, as I’m stuck with what could be the flu, or could be some strain of zombie. At this point, I’m uncertain and only sure that I’ve had it since Monday and can’t shake it. As I write this, I’ve just ingested NyQuil for the second time in my life and I’m impressed with the short term effects.But, from what those who were there say, it sounds like the decision to sit Dalembert was truly a “Coach’s Decision”. Very curious, considering how badly the Bucks were terrorized on the glass. Perhaps we’ll learn more down the road.
  3. Milwaukee shot 3-of-17 from three, continuing their recent trend of shooting poorly from three and then losing. It’d be interesting if someone like Michael Finley wanted to play basketball in the NBA again and was available.
  4. After the New Orleans game, people praised the Bucks ability to win in a close game. “Those are the wins that really mean something” seemed to be the jist of what they said. I disagreed and thought that was a game they should have won by more if they were actually that good of a team. Since that game, Milwaukee’s had three close games and lost all three despite being tied or leading at some point in the fourth quarter. THEY LEARNED NOTHING.

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  1. From what I heard, Dalembert was late getting to the stadium and so Skiles punished him by not playing him. I don’t entirely disagree with it, but it still hurt us.

    More than anything, I’m frustrated that he played Ersan for so long despite the fact that Boozer was absolutely destroying the Bucks, and that Henson somehow only played for a single minute despite putting up 17/18 against the defending champs in 27 minutes the other night.

    This is what ultimately makes me hate Skiles so much, and why I’ve been wanting him to get fired. He’s just too awful with his rotations and with handling minutes appropriately. Thank goodness this is the last year of his contract, and I’ll be thankful if I make it through the rest of this season without my head exploding.

  2. with LRMAM coming back within the next few weeks im not sure how the minute distribution is going to work but Im guessing Harris and Ersan will be the ones to suffer most from the Princes return

  3. I’ve been a Skiles fan ever since he came to Milwaukee. I figured he did the best with what he had(which hasn’t been a whole lot) However, Saturday night had me scratching my head all night. If you have zero intention of playing Dslembert, why don’t you dress Gooden? How long can you let Ersan get destroyed by Boozer on the boards? You would think Henson proved that he can at least rebound the ball and prevent Chicago from all of the 2nd chance points. At the end of the day, the Bucks are still above .500 and in 1st place, but watching Boozer over and over and over made me want to run on the BMO Harris Bradley Center floor and give Carlos a Stone Cold Stunner.

    [Austin 3:16]

  4. The Bucks cannot beat teams over .500.
    Luckily the NBA is chock-full of bad, under-achieving teams, so they can still get the 7th or 8th seed.
    But to what effect?
    C’mon, folks.
    The NBA is SO stacked in two or three teams favor it sucks.
    And rest assured LA will get another top player before the all-star break.
    Look at attendance around the league if you have NBA League Pass.
    It is decidedly down. Everybody knows there is no drama for the top spots.
    That HAS to change. David Stern is a horrible commish. He let all this BS go down on his watch. Baseball, with no salary cap is more competitive.

  5. “It’d be interesting if someone like Michael Finley wanted to play basketball in the NBA again and was available”

    How about we just let Doron Lamb play a bit more, kid can shoot