If there’s such a thing as moral victories, then this was a moral defeat: Wizards 102 – Bucks 90

Washington Wizards 102 FinalRecap | Box Score 90 Milwaukee Bucks
Samuel Dalembert, C 17 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-1 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | +8

Hey, who’s up for some Dalembert defense?

Monta Ellis, PG 43 MIN | 9-21 FG | 6-9 FT | 7 REB | 8 AST | 6 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 24 PTS | -11

This is about the best it’s going to be, right? Twentyish points at a fortyish percentage, leaves his man open for a big night. Within the context of this season, that’s not a half bad night from Ellis.

Brandon Jennings, PG 39 MIN | 3-17 FG | 0-2 FT | 1 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | -3

Some games, Jennings gets in trouble because of his deliberate brashness (“If I gotta take 20, 30 shots to win a game, that’s just what I’m gonna do”). Tonight, he was a victim of his unfortunate inconsistency. February compounds these two Jennings’ traits together into a vortex of hopelessness.

Ekpe Udoh, PF 23 MIN | 2-7 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | -8

Udoh had a very muscular and emotional and-one. It was the stuff of fist-pumping legend and myth.

John Henson, PF 14 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -11

You can solve a math proof through sheer brute force. Creating proofs that are massive and seemingly bereft of any real principle behind it; held together by a few thousand coincidental cases. Or you can solve a proof in a few, elegant steps: a few, repeatable steps that never fail. Henson’s post game looks like the former.

Joel Przybilla, C 5 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -8


Jim Boylan

Good tidbit from Howie Magner: When Scott Skiles left, the team had lost four games as and dropped down to .500. The Bucks have just lost four games and are at .500. It’s almost as if this team has issues that supersede most coaches’ abilities.

Two Things We Saw

  1. Trevor Ariza had a really enjoyable sequence where he missed a three, ran back on defense as his team got the rebound, ran back, got the ball, then threw a terrible pass to Emeka Okafor. He was 0-3 shooting and naturally was +19
  2. It’s one thing to lose, but a completely other thing to lose with very little sense of urgency. Larry Sanders wasn’t just the anchor for the defense. He was the energy of the team as well.

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  1. All you jennings supporters, you still supporting your boy now?lol. If only this was an outlier of his inconsistencies, and unfortunately there probably wont be much movement at the trade deadline.

  2. you serious? im giving up on this site, you guys are all just un paid critics there isnt one single bucks fan on this site. jennings and ellis are clearly the most talented on this team yet all you people do is bitch about them and its no wonder why nobody wants to be in milwaukee and we will be the next to go

    as far as tonights game, sure it was a shitty game for jennings if you just look at the fact that he went 3-17 which is all you guys do. he missed 6 3’s thats bad i wont defend that but the other 8 shots he missed were all tough shots around the rim that he couldnt really pass on, he was being aggressive and id rather see that than him just shooting deep 2’s.

    if you watched the game you wouldnt dare say ellis had a bad game even looking at his stats he had a very good game,the 3’s are the reason for his shooting percentage but he preformed accrosed the board 8 assists 7 rebounds 6 steals

    • But, Jennings can’t finish at the rim. His percentages (that were already low) at the rim have gone down this season. He found himself open on 3’s and long 2’s but was extremely passive, which is rather remarkable consider he took 17 shots. You can tell what type of game he’s going to play based on his body language, and that’s not what I want out of the leader of our team.

    • I was at the game last night, and boy did Jennings look like shit. I like the guy a lot, and I wish he’d grow up and assume the leadership role he wants to be paid to assume, but nights like that are terrifying. I could forgive an off shooting night if they were all jumpers, but he must have missed six or seven lay-ups in the first quarter. Sure, they were contested, but he seemed more intent on drawing contact or looking sweet than making the layup when A) he’s too slight to get that call consistently unless he earns it, and B) no one gives a crap how sweet he looks if he doesn’t make the layup. I want him to succeed, but he’s got to earn the fan’s trust back if he wants to be a Franchise. He’s in a funk, and he needs to get going.

      Ellis had a fine offensive game, but Beal went nuts on his watch and that can’t be ignored. Overall I had a lot of fun, but this was an unfortunate game and hopefully close to as bad as it’s going to get this year. If not, we’re looking at a long final couple months once the Sixers get Bynum back.

    • @sp

      Please don’t give up on this site! Your posts are so insightful. The way you claimed 26 points on 27 shots is ok (comment on game vs pistons) was pure brilliance. Your ‘insight’ will be missed dearly.

  3. If you look at Brandon Jennings body language you can pretty much tell how the game is going. Tonight he looked very “off” not just with his shot which was evident but with his demeanor. He looked an awful lot like he did around the time last year when the stuff wit Jack was goin on. He did the thing also when he wears his headband in the 1st half, things dont go well and he takes off the headband because clearly that is the source of his struggles and he thinks that all will be solved and the game will come easy in the 2nd half. Things like these make me think that right now he is just a mess mentally and he probably will be until after the trade deadline. After that though I expect him to be ready and roaring to play again, not sure what teams uniform he will be wearing though

    • Everyone tends to focus on Jennings and the All Star games, but the trade deadline coincides with that also and everyone on the team has a stake in that. Athletes just have to play through it, but that doesn’t mean it won’t have an effect on their game. If you’re not comfortable it’s hard to make shots.

      Everyone is looking painfully uncomfortable, so even their best efforts are not paying them dividends.

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  5. From a coaching perspective, it looks like Boylan had the guys focus on mistakes made in previous games:
    Offensive rebounds – check Turnovers – check Fouls – check Assist – check.

    But what does a coach do about shots taken vs made.
    37.9% fg 21.7% 3pt 59.1% ft
    There just isn’t enough time in a game to make it up with volume! Yikes!

  6. Admittedly I watched very little of this game. I didn’t feel like watching my favorite sports team lose to a bunch of clowns like the Wiz. But from what I saw, Udoh was terrible on both ends of the floor. How come that guy can’t rebound? Does he not understand what “Boxing out” means? Is position something that he only uses at night after the game? I confused…

    • He’s more infuriating in person. He just seems like a guy who is very tall and “athletic” but doesn’t have a mean streak, doesn’t enjoy contact, and doesn’t really understand the game. At one point, Ellis was actually showing him how to shoot a baby hook. Yes, a 6’3″ shooting guard toting a horrendous percentage on the year was schooling a 7-footer in how to shoot baby hooks.

      In Udoh’s defense, he’s still pretty young, so there’s upside here, but it’s clear he has no confidence in his ability and no idea how to make things right. He probably needs to take a step back out of the rotation while he figures it out. Unfortunately, Henson’s not quite ready/strong enough to get those minutes yet.

  7. Larry is so important to this team. Brandon Jennings is isn’t worth more than 8 million in free agency, and he will ask for more than that. There is other talent out there, the bucks need to let this ship sail and continue to search for real talent. I don’t understand how any fans would want to resign Jennings and or Ellis at this point given their clear limitations as leaders.

    • Personally, because sometimes Jennings is really fun to watch and if the Bucks aren’t going to blow it up and try to start over then I would at least like to be entertained. Since competing right now and fighting for the playoffs each year seems to be the plan for Herb Kohl and subsequently John Hammond I dont have a problem with them re signing him as long as it’s not more than Curry, Lawson, Holiday money.

      • I don’t think they have to ‘blow it up’ to make major improvements. The roster is pretty solid except for a real scorer probably at G or SF. We would be vastly improved if we had a guy that was decent all around and was excellent at creating his own shot AND converting at a high rate at either of those positions. Now I don’t know how we are going to get that guy but I think there is a lot of talent and emerging talent in the league and we need the financial flexibility to make a move when the time is right. Truth be told we don’t need Jennings as much as people think to make the playoffs. What he is doing is completely replaceable, there are other talented pgs out there. In fact the way he is playing this month is causing us to lose games. Then again I’m not much for flashiness, I much prefer to win.

        I mean doesn’t anyone else agree that the bucks are maybe one or two guys (I’m not talking Lebron James either) away from being legitimate. We can use trade assets on this roster to try to get those missing pieces or put us in position to get those pieces, it’s not necessarily a tank and rebuild. Brandon Jennings and
        Monta Ellis are two of our best trade assets the way I see it.

  8. Last night is precisely why I can’t understand why anyone would think we need to keep Dalembert. He puts up the numbers, sure. But his defense is AWFUL. Nobody seems to get that. People who don’t watch the games laugh at the Bucks for giving him so few minutes, and every time someone says that Dalembert is a good defensive player, my head is primed to explode from the idiocy.

    Just a bad night. No energy, and for all the offensive woes, the defense was even worse. Giving up nearly 60% shooting to the Wizards? In Milwaukee, no less? Inexcusable.

  9. This entire team struggles with mental roadblocks….lack of confidence is clear as day to anyone who’s actually paying attention. Body language is indicative of each games final outcome. This issue applies to ALL players on the floor. 1st quarter-Ersan was fantastic-shots dropping,offensive boards/putbacks,defensive boards. Once tide started to turn in 2nd quarter…hoop started to shrink for Ers…slouched shoulders for just about everyone else-this game was OVER by halftime and you true followers know it to be true!

    While I agree that BJ was awful… I dont want to see ALL blame put on his shoulders. Yes…trade deadline is “”shaky time”” for some NBA players, however; it comes EVERY season. Pro players need to be capable of handling it effectively.

    Most importantly… lackluster Defense, I thought were considered to be a competent team on that end of court. ?????

    • BJ certainly doesn’t deserve all the blame here, but he is going to demand a contract that doesn’t befit his performance as a player. Therefore he should be traded so that we reserve our limited cap space for players that really can make a difference. Players other than Jennings and Ellis should share the blame for our losses but they don’t stand to make as much come offseason and therefore they aren’t discussed as much when it comes to trades.

  10. I don’t think they need to blow it up. What I would like to see is for the young guys to play. Play Lamb, play Harris. Give Henson more run. I’d like to see what we have in the young guys. The Bucks will have some money this summer to add to that core.

    I don’t doubt that the Bucks will make the playoffs this year. The 7th or 8th seed isn’t going to save this franchise though.

    • Mr. Dwigglesworth

      If Sanders is hurt for a significant amount of time, you watch them find a way to the 9th seed. And yes, I am a huge fan, and I watch most of the bad games until they can’t possibly win.

      Average watch of a bucks game.

      Hey we are way behind/ahead, Oh snap, the game is tied. Hey we are way ahead/behind. Sweet/Ugh, the game is out of reach to catch up for our opponent/There is no way in hell we can win this turn this crap off. Oh, snap the game is tied. Finally, we either lose/win, when it seems to be the most illogical conclusion, if you have watched the contest in its entirety.

      >.< I guess I just enjoy frustration.

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