The Wizards … they aren’t so good: Bucks 101 – Wizards 91

Milwaukee Bucks 101 FinalRecap | Box Score 91 Washington Wizards
Ersan Ilyasova, SF 22 MIN | 4-13 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 11 PTS | -8Almost every miss Ilyasova had on Friday was short. It’s possible he’s just working to get his legs back and get the NBA distance back in his muscle memory. It’s clear he’s struggled from the field so far, despite starting hot against the Wizards (four for his first seven). But Ilyasova took nothing but quality shots for the most part, largely off pick and rolls where he was left wide open. Shooters gotta shoot.
Samuel Dalembert, C 14 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -5It seems like we inch closer to the relegation of Samuel Dalembert to the second unit with each passing day. On the other hand, why mess with a good thing? Larry Sanders is playing the majority of center minutes anyway, what does it matter which one of them starts? Perhaps if Mllwaukee continues to get out to slow starts like the one they got out to Friday (12-0 Washington run to start the game) then a change will be made somewhere.The center position seems most ripe for that change.
Monta Ellis, PG 32 MIN | 8-15 FG | 5-6 FT | 5 REB | 5 AST | 22 PTS | +2By far, Ellis’ best night of the young season to date. He made a few long jumpers and a few layups to go along with a 5-6 effort at the stripe. Ellis continues to struggle with very difficult shots off one leg coming through the paint. Is that a surprising sentence? Probably not.
Brandon Jennings, PG 31 MIN | 5-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 7 AST | 12 PTS | -2Jennings was ejected with 23 seconds to play after he took exception to a flagrant foul from Wizards rookie guard Bradley Beal on his teammate Ellis. That capped an otherwise quietly productive night from Jennings.
Ekpe Udoh, PF 30 MIN | 4-4 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 9 PTS | +1830 minutes. Two rebounds. But the Bucks won the battle on the glass again, 38-31, so it’s hard to complain too much about Udoh’s rebounding. Especially when he’s a net positive and he scores nine points on four shots. Hoorah, Udoh!
Mike Dunleavy, SF 33 MIN | 5-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 13 PTS | +18Dunleavy is solid as ever through four games. I mentioned the other day that only, Beno Udrih Jennings and Ellis can really create for other people, which is still true, but there are few people I’d rather see created for than Mike Dunleavy Jr. And it’s easier to swallow Ersan Ilysaova’s rebounding struggles when Dunleavy is averaging seven a game.On possessions where he attempted a shot, excluding one where he grabbed the rebound and initiated the offense, Dunleavy took five dribbles yesterday. There is no wasted motion with this guy.
Larry Sanders, C 31 MIN | 4-7 FG | 5-6 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 13 PTS | +15What if this is just a thing that happens now? The rebounds and the scoring have been crazy from Sanders. This is the first time in his career he’s had double figure points in four straight games. Per Bucks PR, last season he only scored in double figures three times TOTAL.He’s playing like this season’s Nikola Pekovic, the Minnesota Timberwolves center who came on strong as a rookie last season because he was physical, scored around the rim and defended. 21 made shots for Sanders this season, 10 of them dunks. Most of the rest layups. Fantastic.
Marquis Daniels, SG 15 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | +10Daniels was fantastic in garbage time against the Grizzlies and was strong against the Wizards as well. He embarrassed Jordan Crawford by picking him and then taking it to the rim before leaving it for a Dunleavy layup. That sort of defense to offense play is what the Bucks want to build themselves on.

One Thing We Saw

  1. The Wizards without Wall are like the Cavs without Irving. Okay, they’re a little better than that, but this is not a group destined for big things without their star. Before the season we talked about the Wizards as a possible challenger, along with the Bucks, for one of the last playoff seeds.

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    • He doesnt play defense (other than rebounding and an occasional block), plain and simple. I am getting a little skeptical now of this move, when it’s Skiles show you either play D or not play.

  1. I think keeping Sanders coming off the bench allows him to spark the lineup that’s on the floor, as well as keeping him humble.