Come out and play: Bucks 109 – Warriors 102

Golden State Warriors 102 Final
Recap | Box Score
109 Milwaukee Bucks
Ersan Ilyasova, SF 35 MIN | 7-17 FG | 2-2 FT | 12 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 18 PTS | +4

Another terrific game from Ersan. He makes a big difference in the Bucks offense when he’s more than just a kick-out and move the ball option. If he’s catching and really aggressively looking for his shot, he’s a difference maker. Plus he’s been getting on the offensive glass more lately – five of his 12 rebounds were offensive Saturday night.

Larry Sanders, C 30 MIN | 7-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 11 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | 0

Run to front of rim. Tip in shot. Dunk shot. That’s where he made his living on Saturday and it’s where he’s been all season. Effective as ever. Golden State is an interesting team for him to defend, as they don’t attack the rim with the same relentlessness as some other teams, but he was very effective in defending post-up situations against David Lee.

Monta Ellis, PG 38 MIN | 7-20 FG | 5-6 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 20 PTS | +9

Very streaky game from a very streaky player. Ellis started out 1-for-8, then made 50% of his shots the rest of the way. His three with under a minute to play sealed the game for the Bucks, even though it’s one of the last shots anyone would want the Bucks to end up with in such an important situation.

Brandon Jennings, PG 38 MIN | 6-15 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 20 PTS | +1

One shot in the first half. Coach Jim Boylan said he was looking to get everyone else involved, possibly to a fault. Curiously enough, he only had three assists. Jennings can’t just move the ball, he needs to be aggressive with his shot-selection. When he is, the rest of his game, the steals, the assists, the rebounds, all seem to come along. His third quarter was something special: 17 points and all five of his threes.

Mike Dunleavy, SF 17 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +8

After a rough effort in Cleveland, it was to be expected that the real Mike Dunleavy would return. He and Udrih were a big part of a very strong start to the second quarter that kept Milwaukee alive while Jennings and Ellis were figuring things out.

Samuel Dalembert, C 19 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +7

Boylan went to Dalembert when Larry Sanders was called for two fouls in the first and got some production from his little used center. Against a smallish Warriors team, Dalembert was effective as a rebounder and back line defender in the instances when the Warriors did penetrate.

Jim Boylan

He went with a three guard lineup down the stretch that worked well. The Warriors don’t have much of a shot-blocker and they don’t have much size, so having three ball-handlers isn’t as difficult against them as it would be against other teams. He seemed to have a great feel for when to make subs all night Saturday. He got Sanders back in the game late and stuck with Udrih – both choices worked well.

Two Things We Saw

  1. The Warriors certainly had some chances to grab hold of the game, but it seemed like they missed a ton of open shots in the fourth quarter, Klay Thompson and David Lee especially. Lee had about five shots rim out – he’s a difficult big to defend, even for the nimble Sanders. But Larry continues to impress with his post defense.
  2. I compared Monta hitting a three to seal a win to a child getting dessert when he didn’t do his homework. Long term, Monta taking big shots like that isn’t a great strategy, but it’s one of the only ones the Bucks have. Yes, it worked for them on Saturday, but I’m not sure anyone should feel real comfortable about Monta taking huge shots in the playoffs.

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  2. LOL Watching Bucks is a series of holding your breath and then you’re either mad or shaking your head, depending on if the shot dropped. It’s not that I’m mad because he “made” the shot, I’m mad because he “took” that shot. Lucky for us we scored enough against Golden State.

    Much better job on the offensive boards. Can they continue this and not freak out when we play Pistons on Tuesday? It is our TURN to get a win against them.

    Go Bucks!

  3. I’m pretty sure Jennings missed his last attempted 3 in the 3rd. I remember him chucking one up without setting his feet. I remember because I thought he forced the shot. ESPN play-by-play says he missed a 25 ft 3 attempt with 5:13 left in the 3rd.

  4. Monta Ellis is the best option for the Bucks in clutch situations. He is the only one who can actually create his own shot (although I too watched skeptically as he put it up). Even though his percentage is low, at least he can get something on the rim. In the past couple years the Bucks have had many clutch situations where they turn the ball over or chuck up a prayer. Jennings is not better than Monta at creating his own shot.

    If not Monta, then who?

    Yes Jennings missed that fast-break runner 3-ptr in the third.

      • I think for the most part under Skiles/Boylan the Bucks have tried running plays at the end of games and they have not had good results. Teams seem to tighten their team defense in those situations and force the ball to weaker offensive players. I think that’s why we see a lot of teams go to one guy to beat his man one-on-one (Kobe, LeBron, Rose, Pierce, etc).