Too small in Salt Lake: Jazz 100 – Bucks 86

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’.

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  1. “At one point he got to the line on back-to-back trips and made just one of four attempts.”

    He missed all four in the back to back trip.

    • Obviously a memorable moment in this game….It was at the beginning of the third quarter, score 43-51. Brandon missed four free throws in a touch over one minute.

      Kind of set the tone…. and the rest is history!

  2. Jennings is doing his usually February tantrum after not getting selected to the all star ballot. He’s not making much of a case that he should have been though. So much for being a lock for the playoffs, they are tied for 8th now with over 30 games to go. If they can get a decent trade for jennings or ellis id take it. Or:

    Dalembert, Mbah a moute(theyd get a lock down defender for playoffs, they already have offensive talent), and draft pick


    Jeremy Lamb, Perry Jones III, and Kendrick perkins

    • I dont think he’s having a tantrum, he already did that in the Nate Robinson game. It’s not as if he is not trying out there he’s playing very hard defensively, he’s just consistently inconsistent with his shooting particularly at the rim

      Thunder are the best team in the league I highly doubt that they would make any kind of trade to risk breaking up the chemistry that they already have developed from the Harden deal.

    • Why would the best team in the league want to shake up their roster with such a questionable trade? Not going to happen.

      • because Perkins hasn’t been producing like he has in years past and he still has 2 years left on his contract. This would save them long term money while still having a viable option in Dalembert

  3. I would agree with bucks 1988…playoff “LOCK” is certainly not looking favorable. I had previously been content with keeping backcourt in place- not so content now! Maybe a trade will be necessary to secure that dreaded 8th seed after all?

    Any extended injury time to Larry or Mbah A Moute will send the Bucks toward the draft instead of the playoffs.Hope for speedy recovery for both!!!

  4. Or Ellis and Dalembert and maybe throw in a second round pick to the Jazz for Jefferson and Randy Foye

    • But then the PF/C log jam gets even worse because you have to give Al Jefferson 30-35 minutes a game which means that minutes have to come from Sanders and Henson and they are the players that would benefit the most from further development. And Foye is the same size as Monta but wayyy less athletic and is even worse than Ellis is defensively and is under contract for an additional season. Jefferson is an expiring contract who is just going to bolt so why not just keep the expiring contracts they already have instead of shuffling the deck?

      I have no idea what John Hammond is thinking or what he is trying to do but I really hope he doesn’t make a trade just for the sake of making a trade. Bucks need help at the 2/3 but there really aren’t any players other than potentially Paul Pierce for sale at that position right now with the deadline approaching. Like I said I just do not see a viable trade scenario

      • Mr. Dwigglesworth

        Dump Jennings, Ellis, Dalembert, Udoh, and, (if we could Gooden).

        Deal with Przybilla being a foul magnet, hopefully we can get 12-15 minutes out of him O.o.

        In return, find a legitimate beefy PF, doesn’t need great offense/to split time with Henson/Illy/Sanders/Przy.

        Get a real shooter at the 2 (I wish we had Redd on this team. Or Allen…. remember his ‘knees were shot’ so we traded him for “the old glove” ugh… worst trade ever.)

        Finally, get a decent PG, any decent PG, there are a ton out there at cheap prices on benches. The whole reason being THEY ARE SHORT LIKE MOST OF US! So you have a much large genetic pool to choose from. Find a smart guy with a good basketball IQ,a decent 3 shot to just run the offense and move the ball. Ability to run the PnR with Sanders a huge plus.

        This is all pipe dream of course, but after watching most of the bucks games this year, not having sanders or a big body out there to stop them showed me a lot. If the opportunity presented itself, that’s what I would try to do.

        Would prolly take like 5 team trade though >.<

  5. ya but i would rather have jefferson at Center(to grab boards and be a clog in the lane) and Sanders at PF kind of like OKC with Perkins at center and Ibaka at PF. I would in the deal make sure to extend Jefferson so we wouldn’t lose him for nothing this offseason. And i know ellis is a better option but you have to give up something to get something in return. Ellis is probably opting out and foyes contract expires after this season too so we can go out and get someone through the draft like Hardaway Jr. or go after someone like OJ Mayo who will probably be looking for a new deal.

    • Mr. Dwigglesworth

      I like this much smaller change as well. Problem is we should dump Jennings. He won’t work out, Jordan was stubborn the same way, and said the same shit when he was younger, said it would “ruin his shot.” What happened after he started working out with weights. Awesome defense, better offense. Nate vs Brandon should have taught him that lesson. If he never learns it? I don’t want him on the Bucks.

      He could totally beef up a bit, so he could actually get a body into someone. Of course he would have to learn how to shoot free throws then…

      • Mr. Dwigglesworth

        Oh and on that note, the only reason I don’t like that trade is I forsee Sanders and Henson just guzzling calories over the course of the next 1.5 years to bulk up. Could work out as a 2 year plan to get Henson up to speed, otherwise it might constrict his growth.