Going streaking: Bucks 98 – Kings 85

Sacramento Kings 85 FinalRecap | Box Score 98 Milwaukee Bucks
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 26 MIN | 6-10 FG | 5-7 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 17 PTS | +4

There’s one thing that Mbah a Moute does exceedingly well offensively. Cut to the hoop. Seven shots within the restricted area, three shots outside of the paint. Five makes inside, one make outside. Plus, he earned seven free throws on plays around the rim. All this while still getting his strength and wind back. This guy is equal parts tough and impressive.

Samuel Dalembert, C 23 MIN | 1-2 FG | 3-4 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | +1

Dalembert stepped back into the starting lineup on a pretty ideal night. The Kings were without DeMarcus Cousins and could really only throw Chuck Harris out there as far as center like players went. Dalembert responded with a reasonable rebound and block game, but didn’t get a chance to contribute much offensively. He still moves pretty slow and it seems like that limits his chances to catch and dunk like Sanders or Udoh do sometimes.

Monta Ellis, PG 41 MIN | 7-17 FG | 1-4 FT | 8 REB | 11 AST | 17 PTS | +23

It’s hard to tell if it’s by design or coincidence, but Ellis has dialed back the attempts in a nice way recently. 17 shots is still nothing to sneeze at, but alongside 11 assists and eight rebounds, those shots look much less abrasive.

Brandon Jennings, PG 42 MIN | 8-21 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 19 PTS | +9

For a guy who played 42 minutes, it sure didn’t feel like Jennings was making a huge impact. I know he hit a three to open things up. I know his almost steal led to that Jason Thompson technical foul. I know he attempted a wide open three from the corner. I know he had a breakaway almostdunk and that Ellis found him on another break, but it just didn’t feel like he impacted the game a lot. I don’t know what that means. Probably nothing.

Drew Gooden, PF 22 MIN | 3-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 7 PTS | +10

Drew Gooden kept himself ready. Give him a lot of credit for that. It’s possible that he had no more inclination that he’d be playing 22 minutes tonight t han we did. But he was Milwaukee’s sixth man against the Kings and he delivered a pretty solid night overall. Sure, he had some of his patented bonehead plays, but he gets a pass for that stuff when the Bucks win.

Tobias Harris, SF 13 MIN | 2-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | -2

Tobias Harris played 13 minutes and failed to collect a defensive rebound. TUNE IN TOMORROW TO FIND OUT WHY I’M MENTIONING THAT!

Ersan Ilyasova, SF 24 MIN | 7-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 14 REB | 0 AST | 16 PTS | +17

Reborn off the bench. He must have captured his rebound spirit too, because he jumped all over Thomas Robinson or Jason Thompson (can’t recall who) late in the game, grabbed the offensive rebound and put juuuuust enough on it to get it back up over the rim while he faded away. It was a classic Ersan board on a classic Ersan night.

Doron Lamb, SG 15 MIN | 0-8 FG | 0-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | -2

*tick tick tick tick tick*

The Beno Udrih Clock continues on.

Three Things We Saw

  1. Scott Skiles after the game: “My mind works like this: I’m concerned about the quality every … I don’t think about wins and losses. If the quality is there, most nights you’re going to win. Some nights you leave the building and you don’t play very well, but you win. So you feel better than when you lost, but if you really wanna be good at this you gotta focus on the quality of every single possession.”Well said.
  2. The Kings offense more or less consisted of average players pump faking, driving towards the paint, leaping into the air and passing to someone on the perimeter. Over and over that’s what happened. It wasn’t that effective. Even without two of its better defenders, Milwaukee was able to team up with Sacramento itself to limit the damage on the Kings offensive end. Just 37% shooting for the Kings.
  3. Milwaukee made 6-of-17 threes, their third straight pretty reasonable 3-point shooting game. I’m not sure that guys like Marquis Daniels and Monta Ellis can keep shooting well from deep (especially when Monta is canning half court shots), but as Ilyasova starts to come around and when Dunleavy/Udrih return, things could be looking brighter in the next 10-15 games or so from deep.
  4. Three straight wins, all with big leads involved. Milwaukee heads to Cleveland Friday, likely to continue its reign as the league’s most dangerous team.

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  1. Bucks team looks much better with Ellis facilitating the offense and Jennings as the Primary shot taker than vice versa. LRMAM has been solid offensively this year but he’s still not hitting anything from outside of 5 feet which is a bit worrisome to me. Nice to see Ersan getting his act together as well he’s been consistent as of late.

    Also it was great seeing Drew Gooden with extended minutes 2nite and he played exactly like we’d all expect him to play it was awesome. I couldnt help but smile as he pump fakes and attempts a pointless spin move/no look pass all in one motion and throws it out of bounds into the 3rd row

    • Totally agree, Ellis clearly seems better as the actual pg than Jennings. I feel real bad for the defender that has to chase jennings around off the ball.

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  3. What’s not to like about Drew? He finally gets play time, only he has to play center again. How does he handle it? He’s ready to play, gives it his all, and wears a big smile looking like he’s truly happy to help.

    Last three games Bucks getting their timing back. Ellis & Jennings play off of each other is the best since Ellis arrived in Milw. It’s giving the team better looks. This sure looks to me like credit should be given to coaching as well as players.

    Last night Jim & Jon commented on Samuel’s back bothering him. That could explain some of what we perceive to see in his play.

    Good Job. On to Cleveland. Go Bucks!

  4. Just my 2 cents worth….

    There has been a lot of talk about Milwaukee trading Ersan ($8M) and Ellis ($11M) for Pau Gasol ($19M)

    Ersan 16 pts/ 14 reb Ellis 17 pts/ 8 reb/ 11 asst. I know they don’t get those stats every night, but they can and they should.

    I was amazed at how many people thought that was a good idea. I see no upside to that trade, except for maybe Gasol jersey sales in the gift shop.

    • Ersan can’t be traded until January 15th anyway. The way LA’s season is going I dont think they would be patient enough to wait that long to move Pau, they’re reeling badly and I wouldnt even be surprised if D’antoni is fired this season still lol

    • We have plenty of talent at PF, we dont need an aging Gasol earning 19M/year that would just be a bone-headed move. Henson and Ilyasova have more potential than people give them credit for, and most importantly they can run with the our speedy back court which is vital to the success of our team.

  5. Flashbacks from last year – no one defending the paint. The Bucks were lucky to escape this one because Gooden and Illy are bad defenders.

    I grow ever tired of bigs who try to draw charges by falling over in the paint. That puts the game in the hands of the officials instead of the players. The tradeoff is either you get the call or the player gets an uncontested look at the basket. Bigs should challenge shots, not cede their position to the refs.

  6. Everyone seems happy here, and why wouldn’t we be. This is the potential of the team. Can’t think of much to say, when the evaluation is as concise.

    Ersan seems different. Last year he had to go fetch things. This year he feels a luxury pressing and helping him forward. How would he react? He’s showing he is a simple ballplayer who already knew the flow of the game. He’s making good decisions to me.

    Surprised with Monta too. He’s so young-looking, I never thought of him as part-leader. But don’t he have some maturity! The way Skiles believed in him up to this point, someone must have heard him speak maturely. Thing is, he is realizing his shooting-form must be bad. Even a guy with his skill, that never tires, is a jumping-bean, needs a shooting lesson from someone.

    What a great attitude Gooden has. That’s helpful for a team that’s, say, blue-collar? Fortunately, Gooden gets away with it because he also really hustles all the time. Wish he would’ve made some 15′ last night like last year.

    Lamb have long legs?

    I wouldn’t give up on Harris after this year. He deserves to be benched now, but doesn’t he remind one of someone smart enough to learn? Like Utah’s guy, what’s his nameo, he started slow, no?

    Luc doesn’t make much impression on me one way or another, you know what I mean. There’s a lot of confidence though, just looks like a competitor, if not a bonafide winner.

    So very proud of having seen their potential come to fruition.