Detroit ruins everything: Pistons 103 – Bucks 87

Oh, the agony. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

It’s not so simple. The Milwaukee Bucks aren’t a bad team. They just have some bad team habits.

Like the habit of throwing away everything good about their offense once things start to go downhill. And things go downhill at some point in every game. The NBA is a game of runs, that’s what people always say at least. I agree. Both teams can string a few solid possessions together in any given game. Then we find out how the other side reacts and that’s often where games are decided.

When the Detroit Pistons started stringing together possessions, the Bucks did not react well Friday night.

“We started dribbling too much and everybody wanted to make a play,” Coach Jim Boylan said after Friday night’s loss. “Good intentions, but not necessarily the way we play, the way we’re successful.”

Detroit Pistons 103 Final
Recap | Box Score
87 Milwaukee Bucks
Ersan Ilyasova, SF 27 MIN | 4-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -10

He certainly has to keep firing, but he has to find a way to get on the offensive glass a bit more too. He has one offensive rebound in his past 53 minutes. Put-backs were a staple of his offense last season and always seemed to be the catalyst for further production from him.

Larry Sanders, C 19 MIN | 1-3 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 3 PTS | -3

About as quiet a game as Sanders has had this season. When Milwaukee fell behind after that bad third quarter, he didn’t re-enter the game in the fourth. Still had three blocks though. Crazy. Block total aside, he had nothing for Greg Monroe.

Monta Ellis, PG 27 MIN | 6-12 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 13 PTS | -10

Ellis and Jennings were both guilty of trying to create too much for themselves late and not trusting their teammates. When Ellis is shooting threes off the dribble, you know the Bucks are searching.

Brandon Jennings, PG 29 MIN | 5-13 FG | 4-5 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 15 PTS | -14

As aggressive as he was trying to hound Brandon Knight up and down the court, he was as shaky with his own offense. Even though Boylan came in and fixed all of Jennings’ flaws and gave him the confidence to be a super-hero in the two games prior, Jennings wasn’t able to propel the Bucks offense in the same way.

Ekpe Udoh, PF 15 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -8

The opposite of Drew Gooden? Avoids stats at all costs, is occasionally productive.

Drew Gooden, PF 12 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -2

On Twitter, someone referred to Gooden’s style as that of someone playing the My Player mode in NBA2K. He’s out there looking for numbers, looking to make crazy passes and grab as many boards as possible. He wants to make big, giant impacts. He ends up making none.

Samuel Dalembert, C 12 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-4 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | +2

Is everyone happy now?

Beno Udrih, PG 27 MIN | 7-10 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 15 PTS | -6

He had a terrific second quarter but was otherwise often invisible on the court. His aggression seems to wane sporadically. Perhaps thats related to his frequent grumbles regarding minutes in the past?

Jim Boylan

ROTATIONS! Pretty much everyone got their shot Friday. Gooden and Dalembert played almost the entire fourth quarter after Milwaukee was outscored 33-11 in the third. Boylan was searching the way Skiles used to. I wonder if he’ll get taken to task for it.

Three Things We Saw

  1. A tired team.
  2. A group that still has flaws and inconsistencies, the same way they did last week. Only there was no 3-point shooting to bail the Bucks out this time. Just a 1-of-16 effort from behind the arc for Milwaukee.
  3. The Pistons are the Bucks biggest fear apparently.

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  1. Ugh. Tough game to watch, at least starting in the 3rd… I’ve mentioned this before about a week and a half ago (via podcast) maybe Udoh doesn’t deserve all the minutes he gets. I know a lot of Samuel’s stats were in garbage time, but he rebounds…Udoh doesn’t consistently and when Udoh does have a good rebounding night, we’re talking “Wow! Udoh got 6 rebounds!! Ballin’ out of control!!!” I think however Boylan might have to pick his battles, Udoh does get blocks and he’s a good free throw shooter, but lately Udoh is fouling a lot and subpar rebounding (from his usual 4…yikes!). Samuel is the better rebounder and can block, but not as well as Udoh probably. Last 4 games, Udoh has 14 boards. For his position and the amount of minutes he gets, he should be pulling 6 consistently. He’s huge too! I think Boylan just needs to tweak it a little, say Ersan starts and gets 30+ mins, Udoh should get maybe 12-15 depending on how he is performing while Samuel relieves Ers and Udoh for 5-7 minutes. Thats all. This is also leaving alone that when Larry is gone, John Henson is replacing him (like he has been lately) with occasion shifts between those listed above and Luc every once and while per game moving down to PF. I know, I know…minutes are hard to come by & split up…

    Anyone else have an opinion on this?

  2. Everyone on the team suffering from the flu that game? Box score tells the tale. NOBODY could score. Dunleavy, LRMBM, more of the same. I would give Ellis (3 TO) and Jennings (4-5 FT) the same grade tonight. Since they really didn’t have any help the from team, let’s give them C-.
    Ersan too high at C+. Bang for our buck, he should be held to the same standard as Ellis and certainly as Jennings.

    Pistons have been playing good and they have some incredible talent on their team. They just had 5 days off to rest & practice. Bucks looked tired.

    Whoever put the third quarter curse on all teams from Wisconsin this weekend…give us a break, pleeeeeeeeeeeeeze?

    • I agree!!! How about a mercy rule today since we’re probably all still brokenhearted from last nights Packers loss…