|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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.