Not hot enough: Heat 113 – Bucks 106 (OT)

Milwaukee Bucks 106 FinalRecap | Box Score 113 Miami Heat
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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?

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  1. Id rather not see Monta Ellis in the ballgame where possessions actually matter the dude is too reckless with the ball, I think theyd have been better off wit Daniels in at the 2 down the stretch

  2. Why on earth did they draft Lamb, Ellis continues to have these terrible nights and yet Skiles won’t even consider subbing in Lamb.

    Also, how do you let Udoh guard LeBron for a large portion of the game? Tobias was doing a good job on him on both ends and he ended up on the bench for all the important minutes.

  3. This game pretty much shows how talented the bucks are despite a bad performance from the supposed stars of the team. Jennings and Ellis shot pretty awful, Larry Sanders was ejected, and yet we still took the Heat to OT in Miami. As Jeremy suggested maybe we would be better off with a more boring but more steady handed Pg-G duo. I know one thing for sure, the core of this team is our young and lanky front-court, not our flashy and inconsistent back-court. Im excited about having Henson, Udoh, and Sanders on our squad and paying virtually nothing for them for the next couple years.

    • Why are ppl down on Jennings for last nights game? Dude ignited the run that even made it a game in the 1st place. He absolutely torched the Heat so bad that they were forced to put Lebron James on him. The guy played 49 minutes and had 0 turnovers that’s about as steady as it gets.

      He’s being guarded by a guy who is a 6’8″ All Defensive Team player and universally acknowledged as the best player in the world during the whole 4th quarter and OT I dont expect him to score alot of points when that happens so the fact that he was 1-8 in 4th quarter and Overtime (garbage shots towards the end) does not surprise me.

      • I guess Im a little hard on him but I don’t think 9-25 and 6 asts in 49 minutes is really that stellar of a performance.

  4. What was with the playcall at the end of regulation? Why would you go iso with Ellis who was shooting 4-12 at that point? I think they should of run a play to try and get the ball inside and if that didn’t work then try outside with someone other than Ellis.

  5. Hello everyone, how about losing to Cats?

    Ersan was the weak link last year.

    Ellis no jumpers past 15’puts him around 15 attempts per game.

    With team this deep, defense could hustle.

    My favorite lineup:
    backup guard whatshisname
    These guys play big defense to me (somehow throw Daniels in there.) All I need is to see better defense at end of game. I hate the feeling of trading baskets, and being lucky when the other team misses.

    Otherwise, I love this team. It deserves much optimism when above players finish game.

      • Thanks for asking. Ersan last year, this year, there’s no gumption in him. He’s slithery for rebounds, acting during the possession as the underdog. He’s not going to jump high, so he’s learned to keep that flattened nose in there for the ricochet. His boyish, handsome looks happened to be at the right place near the right person for a big paycheck for a long long time, which surprised me, because I was sure he should be moved away. I bet he was a bit miffed too. Did I hear he is not sleeping well? That could be anything of course, but he reminds me of players like the big “warrior” with the Wolves. I guess they are from circumstances where their shortened attention stops at money. (God forgive me for saying that.)

        Lots of people were saying Ersan filled in last year OK. This league is so talented, though, that one has to be faster, dribble well, generally be like a point guard at 6’10”. When a shot comes off the rim, I lose sight of Ersan. He’s chosen a demeanor to elicit sympathy or maybe pitty, and I think that means he’s already gone back home.? What will he do with this basketball interest for 2 or 3 or 4 more years!

        • So you are suggesting that Ersan just happened to have rebounds luckily fall into his lap for the entire season? Must have been quite the coincidence for him to be in the top 10 in Offensive Rebounding in the NBA.

          Oh and being in the top 10 in the league for advanced statistics such as win shares per 48 mins and Offensive Rating. And being 1st or 2nd on the Bucks team in every Major Advanced Statistical Category…Also he just by chance was the 2nd best 3 point shooter in the NBA last year…yeah I’d say he was definitely the weak link on that roster.

          • Hi Ted,

            I’m probably wrong about it, no big deal. He’s clever, I’ll grant him, perhaps to make up for a lack of explosivness or something. I thought as the year came to a close, coach chose to play him less and less in crunch time, starting like a month remaining? Perhaps I’m positing that he played for statistics last year in order to get a new contact from the highest bidder? As if I were in his position, I would.

            If Skiles lost faith in him, that may be one reason he’s doubtful or lacking focus. Like, “why did the organization pay me so much, and then not use my services?” He’s not playing real well, you may admit, especially now and probably for the next game. Maybe you have a guess to share?

            I hope he does get to playing better of course. He’s a durable, steady guy – just for the long regular season though. When it absolutely counts, like six minutes left, he’s not quick enough. Who do you like finishing the game, when the contest is won or lost usually? My list was mentioned earlier. Thanks for writing. Take care. (Is there a way to be signaled about the replies?)