At-Fail-iens: Hawks 98 – Bucks 90

The Bucks made lots of sad faces Wednesday night. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Milwaukee Bucks 90 Final
Recap | Box Score
98 Atlanta Hawks
Samuel Dalembert, C 18 MIN | 1-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -14

Dalembert has now played in nine games since the trade deadline. He’s averaged 15.3 minutes, 5.7 points and 6.1 rebounds. THANK GOODNESS the Bucks didn’t ship him out for anything of value. There’s NO WAY that Gustavo Ayon, John Henson and Ekpe Udoh could have made up such lofty production.

Larry Sanders, C 35 MIN | 9-19 FG | 1-2 FT | 14 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 4 BLK | 0 TO | 19 PTS | -13

The good: 19 points and 14 rebounds is statistically a very productive evening. He had 10 rebounds in the first quarter!

The bad: 19 shots?! If they were all dunks and layups, it’d be fine. They were not all dunks and layups. Larry was incredibly aggressive on offense, perhaps trying to take some of the burden off Monta and Brandon. But it’s safe to say he was a little too aggressive with some of his wild baby hooks and long jumpers. On a kickout, you can live with an open 19-footer from him once in a while. Off the dribble? Chill out, pal.

Monta Ellis, PG 40 MIN | 2-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 5 PTS | -8

One of those nights. Unfortunately, Monta typically doesn’t make up for rough shooting nights with stellar defense. It’s a bit more challenging to nail that sort of thing down, but the countless open threes Atlanta attempted on Wednesday indicates he didn’t do a fantastic job, especially in transition.

Brandon Jennings, PG 39 MIN | 8-18 FG | 2-3 FT | 1 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 21 PTS | -8

Another night of pretty good numbers for Jennings and absolutely fantastic numbers for his opponent. After doing a nice job on Damian Lillard, Jennings didn’t have much for Jeff Teague (27 points, 11 assists) on Wednesday. Perhaps he was burnt out from a long night of full court pressure just a day before.

John Henson, PF 14 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | +2

The youngster started hot with six points and four rebounds in the first half. He was attacking the offensive glass to dunk at every opportunity and landed a couple of those bad boys. He played just four minutes in the second half though, as the Bucks stuck with smaller lineups.

J.J. Redick, SG 30 MIN | 6-10 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 18 PTS | +8

I can’t tell if he’s going to be my favorite Bucks player of all time or if he just IS my favorite Bucks player of all time. I recognize that his presence isn’t necessarily making the Bucks much better than they were before, but that doesn’t stop me from loving the way that he plays. It’s very enjoyable.

Two Things We Saw

  1. Both offenses were brutal in the first quarter: the Bucks shot 25% and the Hawks shot 30%. Atlanta recovered nicely, shooting 54.2% the rest of the way, while the Bucks shot a pedestrian 43.3% the rest of the way.
  2. The Hawks dominated in transition for most of the night. They pushed hard and the Bucks just didn’t seem to have the energy or focus to counteract defensively. They didn’t match up or have a presence back at the rim before the Hawks got there.

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  1. Redick is enjoyable to watch…absolutely. When the three isnt there he attacks for top of key jumper-or in paint for layup attempt/foul. Smart basketball player. Unfortunately he lacks substantial defensive capability-so on a not so good offensive nite ,he hurts teams chances quite a bit. Fortunately, he produces enough offense most games!

    It is what it is…….an offense 1st squad. Anyone remember early season when the Bucks were creating offense on fast break out of defensive turnover(s)? That was what this team was supposed to be all about- gone now. been gone for months…

    We live with waht we have ’til offseason-5 games after reg season ends.
    Bucks win 1 against Heat opening round.

    Go BUCKS Go

  2. Only a B- for John Henson, even with
    6 points and 8 rebounds in only a little
    more than a quarter of play? Let’s get
    this guy some minutes!

    Only a B for Larry, even with a good
    shooting percentage for his 19 points,
    plus 14 rebounds and 4 blocks? Jeremy,
    I think you regularly grade this guy
    too low, although I share your concern
    about him getting shot-happy with the
    wrong kind of shots.

    Again with the monster minutes for
    Monta and Brandon! Again I ask: Is
    Ish so bad that he can’t fill in at
    least for 12-20 minutes a game?

  3. I don’t think Josh Smith is a max player by anymeans, but it would be nice to have him at small forward on defense and play him power forward on offense. Have illyasova play small forward on offense and power forward on defense

  4. oh and we need to draft Glen Robinson III. He has huge upside. If he continues to do as well as he is doing in the tourney, he may not be there at 15.