Not hot enough: Heat 113 – Bucks 106 (OT)
|Ersan Ilyasova, SF 17 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -6Things are getting ugly.|
|Tobias Harris, SF 24 MIN | 4-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | +8He beat Lebron with a nice cut on the first possession of the game and scored the Bucks first seven points against the league’s best defender. Lebron looked fairly indifferent to Harris for most of the youngster’s time on the court, and he did his best to take advantage of that mentality. On nights when both Jennings and Ellis are struggling, you’d like to see more Harris off the dribble even, just so someone else is initiating some offense occasionally.|
|Samuel Dalembert, C 20 MIN | 4-7 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | +11For three! Guy can’t miss this year.|
|Monta Ellis, PG 39 MIN | 4-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 9 PTS | -10Ellis is having arguably the worst three point shooting season of all time through 10 games. More than four attempts per game, with less than 25% shooting isn’t something that really happens. So you’d think something will have to give at some point. Overall a very rough shooting night for Ellis, right down to his final shot in regulation. He had a lot of room to operate with, but apparently felt like he had Dwyane Wade where he wanted him for the jumper.
He made up for it a bit with a block on the other end when Wade attempted to win it for the Heat, but the Bucks really needed to win this one in regulation if they were going to do it at all.
|Brandon Jennings, PG 49 MIN | 9-25 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 6 AST | 19 PTS | -3He had some timely runs. With the Bucks down 16 and just three and a half minutes left in the first half, Jennings scored eight points, helping the Bucks cut the halftime lead to three. But his shooting was very sporadic throughout the game. With both him and Ellis shooting such low percentages, it’s impressive the Bucks were able to keep this as close as they were.
Jennings was solid in transition again, scoring nine points and making 4-of-6 shots, but that also paints a bleaker picture of his half court game on Wednesday.
|John Henson, PF 27 MIN | 7-12 FG | 3-4 FT | 18 REB | 0 AST | 17 PTS | -14What become a night where Henson was forced into action thanks to the ejection of Larry Sanders and continued ineffective play of Ersan Ilyasova ended up as a night where Henson grabbed all available minutes on account of his sterling play. He almost had the perfect ending too – Henson grabbed an offensive rebound of Ellis’ final miss of regulation and attempted a difficult put back for the win.
He failed to hit rim and the Heat grabbed possession with 1.4 seconds left. After the game, Henson said he wasn’t aware how much time was left on the clock and that he should have called time out. It was a learning situation, enabled by his strong night. Win, win in a loss.
|Mike Dunleavy, SF 29 MIN | 7-16 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 16 PTS | -15An uncharacteristically poor performance from behind the arc hurt an otherwise fine night from Dunleavy. He too played a bit of the hero role in the fourth quarter when he finished and was fouled on a runner to put Milwaukee up two with 1:23 to play after it looked like the Heat were starting to take over.
Dunleavy was 10-for-18 on spot-up threes coming into the Heat game, but went 0-for-6 in Miami. Bad luck for the Bucks.
|Larry Sanders, C 6 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -4Tossed with all of the quickness. Fouls do often lead to frustration and then arguments with the ref. If he doesn’t get the fouls under control, this will probably happen again.|
Three Things We Saw
- As I said before, this was a game that needed to be won in regulation if it was going to be won. The Heat are just so talented and have so many options offensively that the more possessions you play against them, the more like they are to win. Milwaukee fought hard, but I’m sure that’s little consolidation for Scott Skiles.
- 3-point shooting continues to be a problem and it’s not real clear where the answer is going to come from. In losses this season, the Bucks have shot 20% from three. In wins, 39%. They shot 17% (5-for-29) against the Heat.
- Henson’s stellar game makes things even more interesting in the Bucks front court. How long will Ersan Ilyasova hang on to the starting power forward spot if he continues to play as poorly as he has thus far? And who could end up losing some minutes if Henson gets more? Do they come from Ersan, who’s already down to 22.5 minutes per game, or is this suddenly a contest between Ekpe Udoh, Sanders and Henson for those backup four and backup five minutes?