|Ekpe Udoh, PF 22 MIN | 1-4 FG | 4-4 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | +20All of the Bucks big men played better than the Bobcats big men. Udoh was apart of a stellar rebounding effort.|
|Larry Sanders, C 26 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +24More of the same from Larry. The consistency, that’s what’s nice. He had some truly wonderful blocks too. Brendan Haywood attempted a shot at one point and Larry blocked it before it even left his hand.|
|Monta Ellis, PG 31 MIN | 3-11 FG | 7-9 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 13 PTS | +22Ellis took his foot off the gas a bit. That’s okay. Only five first half shots for the quick to force the issue shooting guard on Friday night. But the Bucks were up 18 at the time, so it seemed like Ellis was probably making the right decisions with respect to this particular game by not shooting so much. Kudos to him on the nine free throws too.|
|Brandon Jennings, PG 36 MIN | 5-16 FG | 4-5 FT | 2 REB | 8 AST | 15 PTS | +18Pretty quiet night from Jennings, despite leading the team in minutes. Another low shooting percentage game, with most of his damage done at the rim or on the break.|
|Marquis Daniels, SG 28 MIN | 7-11 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 18 PTS | +27Daniels was key early with a couple of threes and a few nice attacks at the rim. He had 10 points in a decisive first quarter that really favored the Bucks. It was one of those nights where everything he was putting up was going in.|
|John Henson, PF 6 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -6Henson was apart of a nearly disastrous Bucks garbage time unit. The plus side? Scott Skiles pointed out that at least he’s got some tape to watch of these guys to work with them on some things.|
|Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 20 MIN | 3-6 FG | 3-5 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 9 PTS | -3Mbah a Moute has looked good against anyone smaller than him in the post. He’s been pretty aggressive. I talked to him after the game and he was less positive about how things have gone for him this season and about how he feels in general. More on this coming.|
|Drew Gooden, PF 8 MIN | 0-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | -10BACK. Skiles asked Gooden if he wanted in with eight minutes to play. He didn’t want to embarrass the veteran after all he’d been through this season. Gooden responded that he wanted in and enthusiastically headed to the scorers table to much applause from the crowd. Things didn’t go so well once he got in, but he did grab a couple of offensive rebounds.|
|Ersan Ilyasova, SF 20 MIN | 7-17 FG | 5-6 FT | 12 REB | 0 AST | 21 PTS | +5Ilyasova seems to be finding his rhythm. He hit a couple of shots early and had an active night on the offensive glass. Skiles pointed out before the game that when Ilyasova can hit a couple of shots early, he usually has some success. He did that and stayed aggressive all night on Friday.|
Three Things We Saw
- The Bobcats big men were so atrocious. Haywood, Desegana Diop, Byron Mullens and Bismack Biyombo offered little outside of a few blocked shots and a few mid to long range jumpers. The Bucks had little problem getting past them and to the rim. 52 points in the paint for Milwaukee.
- After getting smoked on the glass in San Antonio, Milwaukee recovered nicely as a team back at home. A 59-45 rebounding edge with strong efforts from Sanders, Udoh, Ilyasova and Daniels all.
- This was Milwaukee’s most complete effort since its evisceration of the Indiana Pacers a few weeks back. The Bucks controlled the game from start to finish and only saw a closer margin of victory because of some shaky play from the end of the bench. It’s good to get a big win over a team that’s struggling even more than the Bucks had been lately.