Nomentum: Cavaliers 92 – Bucks 82
|Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 24 MIN | 1-7 FG | 2-3 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 4 PTS | -12
One night removed from a sterling 20 point effort in Boston, Mbah a Moute struggled badly. He legitimately missed the rim on more than one look at the rim and looked out of sorts, tired, whatever you want to call it. On consecutive possessions with Kyrie Irving guarding him in the third quarter, Moute posted up and passed when Tyler Zeller came on the double. Both times, his pass went directly to a Cavalier defender.
|Larry Sanders, C 30 MIN | 0-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 12 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -20
12 rebounds and five blocks are good numbers. Sanders didn’t really get much of a chance to do anything on offense, as most of his work there relies on catching and dunking. Milwaukee’s guards didn’t do a great job of laying the ball off at the rim off for him. On the occasions he tried to create offense off the dribble, he was a mess.
|Monta Ellis, PG 39 MIN | 15-27 FG | 5-6 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 37 PTS | -8
His 37 points were a season high for a Bucks player and he was very good about getting to the basket – 16 of his 27 shots were in the paint. Simply put, he made a number of shots that he doesn’t always make in the paint. That would explain the shooting percentage. He was all the Bucks had going for most of the game, but he only scored 2 points in the fourth quarter. As he went, so did the Bucks.
|Brandon Jennings, PG 38 MIN | 3-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 7 PTS | -13
At some point, Ellis just took over all ball handling and shooting duties and it’s not like Jennings was locking anyone up on defense either. Brutal night.
|Ekpe Udoh, PF 18 MIN | 1-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | -4
Udoh does great little things, but he does big, huge giant things really poorly. When he shoots, whether it’s by the hoop, from the elbow or wherever, I’m almost always shocked when it goes in. He had a very good stretch in the third quarter, but his absence of offense was painful in this game.
|Ersan Ilyasova, SF 20 MIN | 2-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | +4
|Mike Dunleavy, SF 29 MIN | 3-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 8 PTS | -11
Milwaukee could use him to get hot for a long stretch.
|Doron Lamb, SG 11 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | +2
Lamb more or less just runs around when he’s on the court. He’s in a really unfortunate spot, having to play point guard. He has little feel for it and it limits his ability to spot up and be able to catch and shoot. Almost all of his shots seem to come off the dribble and that’s not a recipe for success.
|Samuel Dalembert, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS |
He still is at games, if you’re wondering.
Three Things We Saw
- Milwaukee was playing its fourth game in five nights for the first time all season and it looked like it. The Bucks had very little energy until the bench was cleared with four minutes to go. But beyond that, they played terrible too. Luke Walton out-played nearly everyone on the team, so that’s an idea of how this thing went. When Kyrie Irving was out for the first seven minutes of the second quarter, the Cavs went up 12. WITHOUT IRVING!
- Milwaukee’s made a habit of not playing especially well against bad teams, even though they’ve come out of those games with wins more often than not. I’m not sure if its a preparation issue, an assumption of victory or what. Whatever it is, they need to address that, because this isn’t a team that can skate by on talent.
- If this game isn’t a sign that momentum is pretty tough to carry over from one game to another, I’m not sure what is. Even in the Celtics game, Boston made a huge run in the final 30 seconds and dramatically took the game to overtime before fading again. It’s hard to even have momentum in a game, much less from one game to the next. I do believe there are times when momentum can be a factor, but I think it takes more than one or two games or plays in a game for that to be the case.