Down in the Bayou: Hornets 102 – Bucks 81
|Ekpe Udoh, PF 27 MIN | 2-7 FG | 3-3 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 7 PTS | -6He looked over-matched by the much larger Robin Lopez from the beginning. He didn’t stop Lopez’s penetration on pick-and-rolls and this led to easy looks early in the game. His only break came after Lopez was pulled due to quick fouls. Offensively, he was equally unimpressive shooting 2-7 from the field with 3 turnovers.|
|Monta Ellis, PG 35 MIN | 5-12 FG | 5-6 FT | 3 REB | 6 AST | 17 PTS | -13Ellis started the game strong, with 5 points and 4 assists in the first quarter. He was penetrating and drawing contact. And then to end the first half he had the most Monta Ellis three-pointer of all-time. Moods were up! People were happy! But then the second half started and things got sloppy. Four turnovers on the night for Ellis to go along with allowing Brian Roberts to score 10 points.|
|Brandon Jennings, PG 43 MIN | 10-23 FG | 0-2 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 25 PTS | -18Would you like some cheese with that whine?? BOOM. Lots of complaining from Jennings early-on tonight. He drew contact around the rim and on his floaters, but this contact was while he was out-of-control and flailing. Hard to get a calls like that. He scored 25 points on 23 shots and only had 3 assists. Defensively, he showed an inability to guard a basic pick-and-roll and he was consistently late getting around screens. He probably ate too much gumbo.|
|Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 20 MIN | 3-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 7 PTS | -10Mbah a Moute was extremely active under the hoop, grabbing 7 offensive rebounds in just 20 minutes of play. He seemed confident in the post and showed some decent moves. He’s probably the best Buck under the basket. It’s nice having him back.|
|Ersan Ilyasova, SF 19 MIN | 0-2 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | -5He played 19 minutes?|
|Larry Sanders, C 26 MIN | 3-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -16A quiet 7 blocks from Sanders and only 2 fouls. Sanders now has 22 blocks in his last three games. Insane. He also had an alley-oop. More of those please.|
Five Things We Saw
- Just a gross game. The Hornets played well and made their shots, but they are still the Hornets without Anthony Davis. They should never be able to beat this Bucks team by 21 points. Also, the Bucks haven’t won in New Orleans since 2003. The Bucks leading scorers in that game were Ray Allen, Sam Cassell and Michael Redd. Oof.
- Beno Udrih is going to be a huge, huge, huge loss for this team. He was a needed break from the Jennings/Ellis mess and he was consistent. It could be a long couple of weeks.
- Ryan Anderson and Robin Lopez combined for 43 points on 17-24 shooting. They just seemed bigger and faster than the Bucks and they got easy looks thanks to penetration from Greivis Vasquez.
- Tobias Harris didn’t play until late in the fourth when the game was out of reach. Samuel Dalembert was a DNP-CD. Oh, Skiles.
- The Bucks will probably win in San Antonio on Wednesday because they like to play with our emotions.