Big win on the roa…oh that was at home?: Bucks 113 – Lakers 103

Netface. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
Los Angeles Lakers 103 Final
Recap | Box Score
113 Milwaukee Bucks
Marquis Daniels, SF 30 MIN | 7-12 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | +14Without question, this was his finest game of the season. Defensively, he hounded Kobe Bryant as well as anyone on the Bucks could have. He absorbed Kobe’s body blows in the post and challenged all of his jumpers, turning some would be open looks into challenging fadeaway jumpers. And on the other end, Daniels provided a spark we typically don’t see. He found himself open in the paint over and over, with the ball in his hands and made his short shots. All the Bucks ask out of him is defense, but he went above and beyond Thursday.
Ersan Ilyasova, SF 31 MIN | 8-17 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 4 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 20 PTS | +20The Lakers are a challenge for Ilyasova. Especially when they force feed Pau Gasol as they did in the third quarter. Possession after possession, Kobe came down the court, passed to Gasol, got the ball back on a kick out after a soft double team came and forced it back in to his big man. He wanted him to attack Ilyasova. Gasol gave it a shot and had some moderate success. But he wasn’t able to take over on offense. Defensively, that’s enough out of Ilyasova, as he made the Lakers work on the other end, bombing away from outside and occasionally attacking off the dribble.
Larry Sanders, C 30 MIN | 8-11 FG | 5-10 FT | 13 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 21 PTS | +22A new career high without a shot coming outside 15 feet. In fact, 10 of Larry’s attempts came from within five feet of the hoop on Thursday night. It’s easy to score when the shots aren’t so difficult. Larry had been making things difficult for himself lately, launching long jumpers or attacking off the dribble with increasing regularity. He got back to basics on Thursday and it served him well, as teammates continued to find him heading to the rim.
Monta Ellis, PG 36 MIN | 8-16 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 9 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 18 PTS | +26Ellis had eight points, two assists and two rebounds in yet another strong fourth quarter as the Bucks opted for him at the point guard spot to carry them home. There’s not much to say about Ellis at this point, and that’s kind of a good thing. He’s producing the same stellar lines on a fairly consistent basis at this point thanks to much stronger efforts near the hoop. He was 5-for-7 within five feet on Thursday against a Lakers team that struggles to contain quick perimeter players.
Brandon Jennings, PG 32 MIN | 7-14 FG | 3-3 FT | 2 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | +11Another quick perimeter player that had success against the Lakers. Jennings again didn’t get the call late in the fourth quarter, but Jim Boylan went out of his way to make it clear it wasn’t because of Jennings. He was ready to go back to him when the Lakers went back to Steve Nash, but the Lakers never made that move, as Nash was struggling with a back injury. Boylan was effusive in his praise of his point guard after the game, after Jennings had a tough Wednesday.
Ish Smith, PG 7 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | -10“He’s a young player, he gets in there and he’s playing as hard as he can,” Boylan said about Ish Smith who, basically, made his Bucks rotation debut Thursday. “He’s quick, he made a couple things happen, he made a couple mistakes, but I thought all the guys that came in and gave us a little bit of a lift. I was happy to get Ish out there and let him stretch his legs a bit.”

I was glad to see Boylan’s approach, if only because it kept Monta Ellis under 40 minutes for once. Jennings and Ellis need a blow and Smith looked competent enough to give them one for 5-10 minutes.

J.J. Redick, SG 22 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | -5He’s still struggling with his shot. At some point, he’s probably going to start getting hot from three and that’s going to be scary.
Jim Boylan“You lose four games in a row, it’s time to shake it up a little bit,” Boylan said of his decision to insert Ish Smith and a very defensive lineup later in the first and early in the second quarter.

The lineup: Smith, Redick, Luc Mbah a Moute, Ekpe Udoh and Sam Dalembert, was incapable of scoring and was a net -4, but at least it gave a break to Milwaukee’s regulars. It didn’t cost Milwaukee the game and could have helped preserve the energy. What’s the harm in trying it? Well done.

Two Things We Saw

  1. These aren’t THE LAKERS. But Milwaukee still beat the Lakers, a playoff type team in the West, where playoff type teams aren’t easy to beat. So kudos to the Bucks on winning over a 50/50 home crowd by the end of the game with a pretty complete effort, at least once the first quarter was over.
  2. 12 different variations of Kobe Bryant jerseys. And some of these people were BEGGING for Bucks t-shirts when the crew threw them into the crowd. HOW DARE YOU, Lakers jersey wearing fella or lady. Have some dignity and self-respect. If you’re going to play the role of the villain, THEN PLAY THE ROLE OF THE VILLAIN! Don’t beg for a prize like a child at Chuck E. Cheese. Goodness. Bucks fans took great pleasure in seeing the many of these folks go home unhappy on Thursday night. At least they were unhappy until they got to their car and completely forgot about the game because they don’t really care about the Lakers or Bucks one way or the other.

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  1. Still waiting for that “some point” where Redick starts doing the thing we got him for. It’s making the loss of Harris harder and harder to swallow with each missed catch-and-shoot three.

    • Agreed. Remember, though, that if Harris were still on the team he probably still wouldn’t be playing, and Redick has hit plenty of nice shots and been a nice lift for the second team offense, but yeah. Seems like every game we get a “one of these days…” comment on his performance, when it’s starting to look more and more like he’d prefer to start and have an opportunity to get into a rhythm as opposed to being a seventh man and security blanket expected to drain at a moment’s notice.

      Now, THAT said, if he were to start heating up…

      • It’s just depressing when you give up so much for a guy, have a job for him to do, and he doesn’t do it.

        I’ll take it all back if he starts hitting threes, especially in the playoffs. But for now I’m just sitting here waiting for the “wow” and outside of like 2 games, I just don’t see it.

    • agree 100%. I don’t miss Harris as much most, but it is plain to see these 3 guard line ups that feature zero perimeter defenders are pointless. All I ask is that we get perimeter size in the offseason. Size who can shoot from deep, and defend, and penetrate, and infinity…

      • AMEN. I was happy about JJ because I thought it would give BJ & Ellis a chance for a good three guard rotation, JJ with a little more size to go inside and a good 3 pt shooter. Stop playing guards 48 minutes.

        When Boylan took over I liked that he was not afraid to rotate a lot of players and often. Then he got into this “small ball” strategy while the bench was lined with PF’s & Centers. I cannot understand WHY Boylan thinks it’s such a good idea to put all three in at the same time making JJ play SF and worse, Dunleavy at PF is just crazy.

        That was one of the better COACHED games in weeks.

    • The trade was impossible to swallow from the get-go. We’re still not making it out of the first round of the playoffs so we traded a couple young guys for a rental for no reward.

      But I was less pissed off about the trade than I was all the Bucks fans (especially on here) cheering the trade on like it was an awesome deal.

  2. I agree with most of the comments. One note on Marquis Daniels – a hobbled Kobe still had 30 pts. I do believe that Kobe would have had 40+ without Daniels (so – Daniels was effective). Kobe was clearly annoyed with him too. Daniels also had a couple late baskets that hit at the right time.

    Your note on the Lakers fans was right on. We had a guy behind us who was the ‘loud drunk’ guy chearing on the Lakers (with his 6yr old) – who almost killed us trying to get one of those BMO Harris parachute bears. It was nice to see him shut up as the game went on. As Nash wasn’t playing (toward the end) and Kobe was slowing down .. he switched to bashing D’Antoni …. while dropping food & spilling beer on us – – I thought Cubs fans were bad … geesh!

    • The bulk of Kobe’s points came at the line. It’s okay to give Marquis some credit. I promise.

    • Yeah…that was soooooo funny I had to read out loud to my household Pistons fan and it made our day.

  3. happyfeethustle

    Marquis did a solid job on Kobe-and some BONUS offense-it was an amesome move from Boylan to keep him on the floor as much possible.

    I too am starting to have buyer’s remorse with Redick/Harris deal. Watching J.J. shoot, he looks confident-just lots of rattle in an outs. Still, feel better Redick shootin 3s instead of Monta-and always think J.J. shot is going to fall.

    How AWFUL to hear soooo much adoration for the Lakers in BMO BC- I understand that Kobe is one of top 10 of all time, but geez…cant you get behind your HOMETOWN squad. If you love L.A. that much- pack your bags and get the F@CK out!!!!!

    Ish Smith- loving the hustle style defense-hounding the ball handler! maybe he can improve his offense skills, wouldnt that just make ya :)


  4. It’s always great to beat the Lakers and the Knicks,
    and nowadays the Heat, too! I hate it when the Bucks
    beat one of these teams but ESPN and the NBA
    channel still obsess over what the other team is up to
    and pay very little attention to the Bucks. At least
    the NBA channel shows highlights of all the games and
    gives the Bucks a little acknowlegement. With ESPN,
    one would hardly know that the Bucks exist, while
    we learn what Kobe had for breakfast, what’s his favorite
    color, whether he has the sniffles, and on and on and
    on and on…

    It’s also cool that we had five guys score between
    16-21 points. I love that. Sometimes a guy gets hot
    and you go with him more, but generally I really like
    balanced scoring. It gets more guys involved and lifts
    the whole team. Also, like to see the minutes for Monta
    and Brandon down to about 36 per game, with some time
    for Ish and J.J. — less is more!

    Even though I’m a huge fan of Tobias, I’m still rooting
    for J.J. to come through for us and maybe stick around
    a few years. Gotta make the best of things. I just hope
    we don’t forget about John Henson in the same way. I
    think he could contribute significantly right now with
    about 15-20 minutes per game.

    Way to bounce back Brandon!!!