Not enough shots made: Celtics 96 – Bucks 92
|Ersan Ilyasova, SF 32 MIN | 3-12 FG | 3-6 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | -7In short, it’s kind of all bad for Ersan right now. In long, we’ll have more on what exactly that means later.|
|Tobias Harris, SF 10 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -9Is he still on the team? 10 of the most invisible minutes possible out of Tobias. That’s been a consistent theme since opening night for the second year forward. He probably isn’t going to get a lot of chances to score with Ellis and Jennings out there, so he needs to find other ways to contribute.|
|Samuel Dalembert, C 22 MIN | 6-8 FG | 2-4 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 14 PTS | -7Dalembert had nine points in the first quarter and five after that. He was diving to the rim as the roll man after setting screens early and he had a lot of success finishing when he was left open on those plays in the first quarter. The Celtics quickly adjusted and cut this part of the Bucks offense out after that and Dalembert was again left with a pretty limited role.|
|Monta Ellis, PG 38 MIN | 11-24 FG | 9-10 FT | 2 REB | 8 AST | 32 PTS | -4These are the type of free throw numbers it would be nice to see Ellis regularly put up. Late in the game he was attacking and cutting to the hoop with significantly more regularity. The jump shots are coming, one way or the other, but if Ellis could do less of the “float across the paint and launch a fading sideways jumper” and more of the “attack the rim and get a body into opposing bigs” that would be a huge improvement.|
|Brandon Jennings, PG 42 MIN | 1-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 4 PTS | -9Consistency. It’s absent.|
|Mike Dunleavy, SF 14 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | -3Foul trouble immediately plagued Dunleavy and he couldn’t escape it. A bummer of a night for Bucks small forwards all around.|
|Larry Sanders, C 26 MIN | 4-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 12 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | +4Five games, all in double figures, all with at least seven rebounds, two with double figure rebounds. Larry Sanders is the Bucks most consistent player.
|Beno Udrih, PG 17 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | +2If Udrih only got a third of Jennings’ minutes on a night when Milwaukee’s primary point guard was 1-10, there probably isn’t much hope he’ll be spelling Jennings any more frequently this year than he did last. Jennings is obviously a better player, but Saturday may have been an opportunity to see a little more Beno. He didn’t exactly tear it up himself, and defensively he probably was a worse matchup for Milwuakee, but the Bucks could sure use a bit more creation from their point guards.|
|Marquis Daniels, SG 24 MIN | 5-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | +7Daniels has responded well to increased minutes over the past couple games. He didn’t get too much of a chance late to get on Paul Pierce, as the Celtics future hall of famer torched Milwaukee, much to the chagrin of many in Milwaukee. He played a super controlled, physical game, as he did against Washington and late against Memphis. The Celtics spent a lot of time trying to post him up with Jeff Green and Daniels handled that very well|
Three Things We Saw
- After the game, Ellis said that the Celtics just made more shots. He mentioned that Pierce got hot late and said there was nothing they could do about it. The worst part about all that? He’s right. The Celtics have better players and when the game was close in the end, the team with players that were better, and more consistent, won.
- Pierce was the one that got hot, but the ability to go to either Rondo, Pierce or KG late is what makes Boston a better late game team than Milwaukee. The Bucks have to rely so heavily on Jennings and Ellis late, that they become pretty predictable. And on a night when Jennings couldn’t do anything right on offense, they became the Monta Ellis Shooting Show. Even when he tried to dish, the ball would end up in the hands of a terrified Ersan Ilyasova who just handed it right back. Troubling late game offense from Milwaukee.
- All things above being said, there are worse things than losing a close game to the projected second or third best team in the East. If they beat the bad teams, pull off a few wins against the good teams and stay competitive at home, the Bucks will be right where they want at the end on the year.
- For the second time in three games, the Bucks shot under 40% (39.8% to be exact). I did not suspect two of those types of games within the first five from a team with such offensive fire power late last season.