No love in New York: Knicks 96 – Bucks 86
|Ersan Ilyasova, SF 35 MIN | 7-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 19 PTS | -13
It’s kind of crazy to see Ersan attempt 11 shots while Ellis and Jennings combine to hoist, and I think hoist is the perfect word there, 38. Obviously he doesn’t create his own shot the way those two do, but you’d think they would try to find him a few more shots here and there.
|Larry Sanders, C 30 MIN | 0-6 FG | 2-6 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -6
He’s back! His finishing and free throw shooting skills are still day-to-day though.
|Monta Ellis, PG 37 MIN | 7-20 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 16 PTS | -11
Things are getting interesting with Monta Ellis. Is he just a 40% shooter suddenly? It’s hard to say that it’s this system or it’s his coaches. In 13 games under Boylan he’s shot 39%. Under Skiles he shot 40%. Aside from his rookie season, he’s never shot lower than 43% for a season. Ellis is either very due to get very hot or …. maybe he’s starting to become a worse shooter.
|Brandon Jennings, PG 37 MIN | 5-18 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | -11
Ruh roh. Defiant as ever, Jennings said Milwaukee’s second half struggles (31% shooting and a blown six point lead) were caused by the Bucks simply missing shots, not the Knicks defense.
|Mike Dunleavy, SF18 MIN | 5-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +1
Dunleavy lost some minutes to Daniels for defensive reasons, but still managed to make shots and score points. Given Milwaukee’s offensive difficulties in the second half, it was a surprise he didn’t get the call quicker in the third.
|Marquis Daniels, SF 29 MIN | 1-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -10
He received more minutes than usual and was tasked with defending Carmelo Anthony a great deal. He did a great job making Carmelo catch the ball far from the basket and only really got beat by him once. Unfortunately, defense is only half the battle. Daniels doesn’t do much for the Bucks offense.
Three Things We Saw
- Back-to-back bad losses to two of the better teams in the East. Fortunately for the Bucks, Orlando is in town tonight, so they have a strong opportunity to unleash their offensive frustrations.
- No Bucks players aside from Jennings and Ellis attempted more than three shots in the second half. I realize they are the ones who make things go very often, but they seemed to be forcing the issue more than usual. There’s tons of reasons to speculate for that, but none worth really mentioning. They just have to do better Saturday.
- At least the jerseys looked cool.