Always with the coming back: Bucks 104 – Bulls 96

One of Larry’s seven blocks. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Milwaukee Bucks 104 Final
Recap | Box Score
96 Chicago Bulls
Ersan Ilyasova, SF 27 MIN | 4-10 FG | 4-5 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 13 PTS | +5

Still coming around and looking like a safe bet to get more than 25 minutes pretty regularly. Defensively it looks like Ilyasova isn’t quite where he was in years past and he had a rough time with Carlos Boozer for sure. But if Ellis or Jennings is having an off night, he has the ability to counteract with his shooting. 13 points on 10 shots isn’t something that the Bucks hate.

Larry Sanders, C 31 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 12 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | +3

ALL OF YOUR BLOCKS ARE HIS. Seriously, Larry is almost blocking 10 percent of two point shots while he’s on the court. That’s Manute Bol level stuff.

Brandon Jennings, PG 40 MIN | 12-24 FG | 6-7 FT | 6 REB | 6 AST | 35 PTS | -1

Two games under Jim Boylan – two outrageously successful shooting nights, two nights where he seemed to swag out again too. That’s the guy Bucks fans will have no problem getting behind again. I’ll take the wait and see approach with Jennings though. We’ve seen these hot streaks before. I’ll enjoy it as long as it goes on, and I’ll hope this coaching change has something to do with it, but I’m not going to be convinced that he’s suddenly different until we have a better sample size.

Mike Dunleavy, SF 28 MIN | 6-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 16 PTS | +6

The nights where Dunleavy is feeling it from three are some of the best nights of my year. IT always looks good when he shoots, so I’m almost confused when he misses. When he hits 4-of-5 from deep, it just makes more sense to me.

Samuel Dalembert, C 2 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +2

The emotional return of Samuel Dalembert was everything everyone ever hoped it would be.

Beno Udrih, PG 16 MIN | 5-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 10 PTS | +3

His best game since originally returning from an ankle injury. Udrih’s health will be important the rest of the way. Jennings and Ellis both logged 40 minutes yet again, but it’s going to be tough for them to do that every night without hitting a wall eventually. Safe to assume he’ll climb up over 15 or 16 minutes a night eventually, and performances like this one will help ease Boylan’s mind about his health I’m sure.

Jim Boylan

He continues to reiterate that he’s just out to have fun this time around. I can’t imagine anything is more fun for him than a 20-point quarter from Brandon Jennings and back-to-back wins in his first two games. Milwaukee’s been terrific in the second half of both games – +15 against the Suns and +15 against the Bulls.

Three Things We Saw

  1. Led by Jennings five threes and Dunleavy’s four, Milwaukee made 10-of-22 from deep. They’ve been a bad 3-point shooting team, largely because Jennings is so unpredictable from night to night and Dunleavy missed some time with a knee injury But they rely heavily on those two to be the shooters. I trust Dunleavy will keep it up and I hope Jennings will. If this is going to be a really effective offense, both guys need to be high 30 percent shooters from deep at least.
  2. 15 blocks as a team for the Bucks. The blocks themselves led to about seven points for the Bucks. Not an overwhelming amount, but the difference in the final score. Chicago managed just two block shots, as the Bucks feasted so heavily from outside the paint.
  3. The Bucks are still playing quick. 97 possessions against the Suns and 100 against the Bulls. Boylan said his philosophy would be no different than Scott’s: Get the ball off the rim and get going before the defense can set up. He’s got his team playing just as fast as they had been all season, only with better offensive efficiency, thanks largely to great games from Jennings.

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  1. How many times have we seen Jennings dig in and get it done. He really seems to feed off the pressure. Always a good show when he does.

    Any word on Ellis injury?

    Pistons have 5 days off before our match on Friday. Maybe they all got fat and lazy? Hey, a girl can only hope!

    After these last two games I’m re-energized as a fan. Are the players going to be able to maintain this energy? Sure they will!

    Go Bucks!

    • I really think Jennings would be a star if he played in like NY or LA. He always seems to thrive off of the big atmospheres as you said. If he was only consistent in the nights the crowd is dead, he would be fine anywhere. Hopefully the coaching change leads to more night-to-night energy for him. Almost like a change of scenery, but still in the Green and Red.

  2. Pistons game tomorrow they are advertising $1 kids tickets and $1 hotdogs all game. Good time to get the kids and go. Wish I could…

  3. The energy difference has been the biggest change since Skiles got fired. A lot of that might have to do with the simple joy of something new, but maybe there’s something deeper going on, where Boylan is up front with players about their roles and they can just focus on playing their best within the system as opposed to whether or not they’ll have their minutes jerked around as “punishment” for upsetting their coach. The guys are playing like they just removed a forty-pound weight from each of their shoulders, and while I certainly don’t expect them to go undefeated for the season’s remainder, I do expect them to compete with a great deal more heart on a nightly basis because they’re all having fun again.

    Maybe that’s silly, but last night was a good road win against a good team. An easier atmosphere helps everybody.

  4. Doesn’t it seem like a no-brainer that at crunch time, we should have 4 guys who can score? At the end of this game, we had dunleavy, ellis, jennings, ers, and Sanders playing. Didn’t it seem like Skiles would always have defensive stoppers in at the end and we’d watch our lead trickle away? I like having players who can actually score play. AND, I think Ellis and Jennings really need to be playing with Dunleavy or Illysova at all times, because then you can take advantage of their penetration and kick out to a long-range guy…