Down in the Bayou: Hornets 102 – Bucks 81

Milwaukee Bucks 81 Final
Recap | Box Score
102 New Orleans Hornets
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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. The Bucks will probably win in San Antonio on Wednesday because they like to play with our emotions.

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  1. Pick and Roll defense was absolutely terrible Jennings got torched all game…Larry Sanders played pretty well and did a great job protecting the rim. With as easily as Lopez was able to roll to the basket (Mostly on Ekpe’s watch) he probably made a good call going with what one would think is the lesser of two evils backing off and letting the Vazquez Jason Smith combo do the pick and pop however after several made shots in a row maybe showing on those would have been a good idea.

    Also I know LRMAM needs to get conditioning back but he is primarily a defensive stopper and when you are playing a team that doesn’t have anyone you need to focus on individually like the Hornets I think that is the game when Tobias Harris should get more playing time at the 3…just my opinion.

    With Udrih out and Dunleavy still clearly hurting the Bucks need someone as a legit 3rd scoring option because Ellis and Jennings cant do it on their own and 2nite supports that evidence. Players not named Monta or Brandon shot 14-41 2nite for 34% that is terrible..especially when the majority of those shots are either close to the basket or come off passes from Monta or Brandon creating shots for them.

    Scott Skiles is a proven successful NBA coach but it would be nice to know what he is thinking at times

  2. Sigh.

    There cannot be a worse defensive back court in the league than Monta/Brandon. Brandon Jennings = average on offense at best, terrible D, gets out played by every guard in the league.

    16 games into the season and I personally am ready for the tank. Shabazz Muhammad would make a nice addition to Harris, Henson and Sanders next season.

    This team is in desperate need of consistent (even if average) point guard play and an actual good shooter. Only way Milwaukee can get either of those things at a high skill level is through the draft.

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  4. UDOH leave Lopez unguarded!!! Puns using Udoh’s last name is fun.

    UDOH score like you should.

    great fun!

  5. From one night to the next, UDOH know what you gonna get.

    That was a mess and I don’t think anyone on that team deserved more than a C-.

    Everyone was taking bad shots and not making them. Turnovers and bad passes like these guys never played together. Defense? If you’re standing in front of the guy with the ball, at least put your arm up!


    • WhiteWhaleHolyGrail

      Yeah, why isn’t Dalembert playing? He could have helped clean up the penetration into the paint, and also put a big body on Lopez. The Bucks made Lopez look like Shaq. If not Dalembert on Lopez, why not try Pryzbilla? Skiles, Hammond, and the players have made comments about lack of size the last few years, now they have it and aren’t using it. Frustrating game.

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