Milwaukee Bucks 86 Final
Recap | Box Score
100 Utah Jazz
Marquis Daniels, SF 17 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | +7

With Luc Mbah a Moute out with a knee injury, Daniels stepped into the starting lineup. He didn’t make much of a case for himself though. On the surface, Daniels isn’t that far removed from Mbah a Moute. He struggles on offense but he’s a very adept defender. But he can really only defend one or two positions and he doesn’t have Mbah a Moute’s strength or size around the basket. Sometimes it takes a guy like Mbah a Moute being out to realize how good he is.

Ersan Ilyasova, SF 30 MIN | 6-10 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 17 PTS | -5

I have some thoughts on Ersan. I’ll share them in the next day or so. It’s a bummer to see him get so few shots, but I think that’s as much a function of his abilities as it is of his teammates getting him the ball. He can’t really create for himself. Also, Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter just tossed him around all night.

Samuel Dalembert, C 26 MIN | 4-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 11 REB | 0 AST | 4 STL | 4 BLK | 3 TO | 10 PTS | -1

Coming off the greatest game of his life, he was met with probably the NBA’s most difficult big man rotation. And Milwaukee’s other center was out. So, plenty of minutes and a big challenge awaited him Wednesday night. He wasn’t bad, as his numbers indicate. But he didn’t really change the game or anything. He was often as hopeless against the Jazz bigs as everyone else on Milwaukee.

Brandon Jennings, PG 35 MIN | 5-16 FG | 5-9 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 17 PTS | -5

He started out making 4-of-8 shots. Then he made just one of his final eight. Most surprising were his struggles at the free throw line. At one point he got to the line on back-to-back trips and made just one of four attempts. That’s unacceptable for a point guard so reliant on his shooting.

Monta Ellis, PG 33 MIN | 5-9 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | -8

Surprisingly few shot attempts.

Ekpe Udoh, PF 7 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -9

With Larry Sanders and Mbah a Moute out, in theory, some front court minutes were available. Udoh couldn’t grab hold of them. He did a bunch of nothing in seven minutes.

Mike Dunleavy, SF 31 MIN | 3-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 10 PTS | -17

Rough night.

Joel Przybilla, C 3 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -4

He avoided becoming the 19th player in NBA history to play one minute or less and pick up three fouls, which is something he did in the first half. So that’s good.

Four Things We Saw

  1. The Bucks are better when Larry Sanders is playing. As if we didn’t already know that, this game painted a pretty clear picture there. It’s not that they don’t have other guys who can block shots, but they don’t have another guy with his combination of explosiveness, quickness, strength and shot-blocking ability.
  2. Utah’s bigs absolutely dominated on the glass. A 50-37 rebounding advantage. Possibly the most impressive number of the night was Utah’s 17 offensive rebounds. They shot 48% AND STILL GRABBED 17 OFFENSIVE BOARDS. It’s not like there were a ton to be had. But when there was one, the Jazz often came up with it. They missed 42 shots and grabbed 17 back. Goodness.
  3. Milwaukee shot just 28% in the second half. The typically reliable Dunleavy was off, which is always a bad sign for Milwaukee. Jennings struggled and Ellis couldn’t find many openings. Just a disastrous offense for most of the game, but especially in the second half.
  4. Jennings is now shooting 35% in February. Just sayin’.