If there’s such a thing as moral victories, then this was a moral defeat: Wizards 102 – Bucks 90
|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
MISS YOU SO MUCH LARRY
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
- 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
- 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.