It would be challenging to find a worse loss: Rockets 115 – Bucks 101

“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.

Houston Rockets 115 FinalRecap | Box Score 101 Milwaukee Bucks
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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

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  1. Jeremy, thank you for not posting the first two or three drafts of this report. I appreciate your restraint. Buck bashing too easy…like shooting fish in a barrel.

    Your analysis is spot on. I like the perspective on defending the corner threes. Always gain insight from you. Hopefully, the Bucks gain some insight and make some serious adjustments in their (everyone’s) game. 19 turnovers in the second half (most uncontested) needs to stop NOW.

  2. One thing that I just want to add here, I was at the game and had great seats so perhaps I saw things a little too close up…but… I think this is the WORST OFFICIATED game of the season so far. We didn’t get hardly any calls. Beno got knocked down twice. …No whistle. Brandon when he was trying to make things happen was getting knocked around by Asik and Patterson like a pinball machine… ….No whistles.

    Look, our turnovers are inexcusable and lack of defense (especially on Carlos) was horrible, but those refs missed calls. Almost blatantly… how many times did they have to review or “double check” who last touched the ball or who it was out on last night. It was a joke. Again, I am not trying to justify our mistakes, but we were hammered with no benefits multiple times in that 2nd half.

    They better get these problems under control soon. Things aren’t getting any easier, our schedule is evenly challenging.

    • watching it on TV it didnt look all that unbiased to me personally, it looked a little one sided to the Rockets but it generally is since the Bucks dont draw many fouls, However I do agree that the game was poorly officiated they called alot of ticky tack fouls on the perimeter on moving screens both ways but swallowed their whistles as people drove into the paint Even Harden only got to the line 7 times which is 3 below his season average

      • also now that you mention it I do recall a time when Brandon finally did get a whistle drawn and usually he is very vocal about lack of calls, he complains alot, but when he finally got the call in his favor he just death stared the ref, so maybe on TV we didnt see all of what was going on on the court that u guys got to see live.

        • Yeah…lack of calls was getting under BJ skin. Ellis griped at ref about not calling fouls on him & BJ while going to the hoop, but Ellis got called on some dumb bump on the perimeter.

          Talk about giving someone the stink eye…how about that look on Delfino face as he ran past the Bucks bench after sinking his 5th or 6th 3pt shot?

    • i was there as well and completely agree. we were getting called non stop for moving screens, travels , and fouls some were good calls most were bad, but most importantly the rockets were doing the EXACT same thing and didnt get called for almost anything. the calls that went against us were the everyday nba plays that dont get called yet every single one got called on us.

      i had seats right at center court 2 row upper level, i saw everything on both sides it was ridiculous

    • Im not going to say whether it is fair or not but Jennings has been a starter for 3.5 seasons now and it is very clear he isn’t going to get the calls like other more prominent pgs would. I blame it on his small stature and finesse play.

      To tell you the truth I think we see enough phantom foul calls in the NBA, I prefer refs who call the game a bit looser.

      • i agree on a being a little looser especially with little bumps on perimeter that have no effect to the game but when someone is attacking the basket and their whole hand gets smacked or in jennings case if the guy completely gets his whole body moving in a different direction i would think nba refs would be smart enough to call those everytime