Call it a collapse: Nets 97 – Bucks 94
|Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 29 MIN | 0-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 1 PTS | -3
Either he has lost all confidence in his ability to make a jump shot or he’s hurt. There’s no in-between at this point. He’s barely hitting rim on jumpers. This is something that doesn’t stand out as a huge problem, but is certainly not helping take the pressure off Milwauke’s guards on offense.
|Ersan Ilyasova, SF 36 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 12 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | 0
Milwaukee needed someone else on the glass lately. It’s been all Sanders or Dalembert, with little help. Ilyasova stepped up on Wednesday while Sanders battled with Brook Lopez. It was still distressing to see Ilyasova’s lack of involvement offensively late in the game as things slipped away.
|Larry Sanders, C 29 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-3 FT | 13 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 5 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | -2
You will not see a finer defensive performance than the one Larry gave in the first half. By the end of the half, Brook Lopez was launching long jumpers because he wanted no part of Sanders in the paint. Nets big men had nothing for him. He missed a couple easy chances late, but also converted on a couple. All things considered, a pretty fine game for an incredible defender.
|Monta Ellis, PG 40 MIN | 5-15 FG | 4-9 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 14 PTS | +3
Down three, 2.4 seconds left, Ellis stepped to the line. He missed his first two free throws. He had to miss his third. It was a sad moment for a player who is really divisive. He’s a soft spoken guy who, on a personal level, you feel bad for when you consider how much heat he takes. But it’s tough to feel good about what happens with him on the court. If this was Ellis’ last moment as a Bucks player, it’s very unfortunate.
|Brandon Jennings, PG 42 MIN | 12-18 FG | 3-3 FT | 2 REB | 11 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 31 PTS | -3
He came out of the gate on absolute fire again. Made his first nine shots and 10 of his first 11. But Jennings didn’t have his second half takeover like many would have like to have seen when the game started slipping away. Hard to fault him for the total collapse, but with the way he had it going, didn’t Wednesday seem like a good night for him to launch 25 shots rather than 18?
Three Things We Saw
- Milwaukee again got very little from its bench, while the Nets reserves helped bring Brooklyn back from a double digit second half deficit. Brooklyn’s backups outscored Milwaukee’s 47-24 with Andray Blatche and C.J. Watson leading the way.
- Wednesday was the first time the Bucks out-rebounded an opponent in the month of February. And it helped them control the game for the most part. It wasn’t so much the rebounding that killed Milwaukee in this one as it was the inability to make shots.
- Milwaukee is now 2-8 over its past 10 games. Today is a big day. Deadline is 2PM, otherwise, these are your Bucks the rest of the way.