“We put emphasis on, almost every team that has even a decent percentage from the corner, to get them off the corner. It’s not just the guy who has to run out to the corner, it’s controlling the penetration on that side of the court so you don’t have to give any help, things like that. We’re trying not to give up corner threes with any quality three point shooters.”
– Scott Skiles, before the game responding to a question about Houston’s willingness and ability to shoot corner threes.
Consider the mission not accomplished.
9-for-18 from the corners, 4-for-15 from everywhere else. Some of those corner threes were the result of penetration, as Skiles worried about before the game and some of them were the Bucks just not closing out hard enough on the Houston shooters. One way or the other, Milwaukee defensive breakdowns gave a team that’s really good at shooting corner 3-pointers, too many corner 3-point looks and the Rockets made them pay.
|Brandon Jennings, PG 38 MIN | 6-15 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 7 AST | 16 PTS | -11Overwhelmed in the second half. The communication and chemistry in the Bucks backcourt seemed absent for whatever reason as soon as the second half started.|
|Monta Ellis, PG 31 MIN | 5-19 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 7 AST | 12 PTS | -29The lowest point was probably when Ellis and Jennings had a two on one break. Ellis dribbled at the defender as Jennings ran a pattern indicating he wanted a lob. Ellis completely missed that idea and continued to dribble at the defender before throwing a late bounce pass to Jennings standing still near the hoop. Turnover.|
|John Henson, PF 27 MIN | 5-10 FG | 1-3 FT | 15 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | +2Another dazzling set of numbers for the rookie. He’s becoming quite a threat on the offensive glass, with seven of his 15 rebounds coming on that end. He’s been very slow and not so effective guarding pick and rolls though. He doesn’t really challenge the ball handler much and it takes him quite a while to recover onto the screener. It’s easy to see there’s work to be done here defensively. But on a glum night, he’s a bit of a bright spot.|
|Mike Dunleavy, SF 24 MIN | 4-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 12 PTS | 0One of the culprits with regard to Delfino. Dunleavy got caught over helping a few times thanks to James Harden’s general overall talent and Delfino made him pay.|
Two Things We Saw
- At one point in the second quarter, the Bucks led by 18 points. By late in the fourth quarter, Milwaukee trailed the Rockets by 18. A complete reversal of fortune, the likes of which few in the media had seen.
- The Bucks turned the ball over 19 times in the second half after committing just six turnovers in the first half. The majority of these turnovers led to easy buckets for a Rockets team ready and willing to run at every opportunity. Toney Douglas himself had at least four or five layups of the wide open, fastbreak variety.