Inside and out: Clippers 117 – Bucks 101
|Ersan Ilyasova, SF 31 MIN | 7-12 FG | 3-3 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 20 PTS | -5
A couple rough games defensively for Ilyasova in a row, but guys like DeAndre Jordan and Paul Millsap will forever be a problem for Milwaukee’s stretch four. Even if he gets his body into those guys, they are much stronger or more athletic, that it’s tough for him to keep them off the glass. He recovered nicely on the other end from a bad game at least.
|Larry Sanders, C 30 MIN | 5-11 FG | 1-1 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 11 PTS | -9
RIP Larry’s Block Streak.
James Harden was probably my favorite, though there were plenty of good ones along the way.
Blake Griffin had a huge night and Larry can take some of the blame on that. On a huge putback dunk, Sanders missed a box out. On a couple of post-ups, Griffin was just too good to stop and worked around Sanders’ length. He’s a great player, so sometimes great players are just great.
|Monta Ellis, PG 35 MIN | 9-15 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 22 PTS | -18
A fantastic start from Ellis, 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting in the first quarter, didn’t really lead to as special a game as the Bucks would have needed to win this one. He went just 4-of-9 the rest of the way – great, but not enough. And the Clippers got open constantly from three, just like the Hawks not long ago. Milwaukee’s guards were relied on to help out in the paint and the Clippers took advantage.
|Brandon Jennings, PG 39 MIN | 6-12 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 12 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 18 PTS | -7
His shooting remained in check and he continued to move the ball well. Milwaukee’s offense was not the problem by any means on Wednesday night, thanks in part to Jennings. Bombing away from deep and handing out assists is the way people in Milwaukee prefer their point guard. He now has the NBA’s season best total in assists over a three game stretch with 48.
|Gustavo Ayon, PF 4 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | 0
Minutes! Reverse layup!
|John Henson, PF 17 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | -11
His seven rebounds were his most since January 8. He hasn’t gotten a ton of minutes over that stretch, but six times he’s played at least 17 minutes and failed to grab seven rebounds. Even if he grabs five or six in 15 or so minutes that’s not bad, but the more he grabs, the more likely he is to stay on the court.
|J.J. Redick, SG 22 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -9
His fewest minutes as a Buck with both Jennings and Ellis playing well enough to stay in the game and the Clippers having the size that makes the three guard pairing less than an ideal fit on the court. The trio played less than two minutes together in this game.
Four Things We Saw
- What was really damning was that only one of the Clippers 12 made threes was in transition. The rest were spot-up opportunities where Los Angeles just out-executed Milwaukee’s defense or took advantage of guys getting lost. Having Blake Griffin around to draw double teams and Chris Paul to draw defenders on penetration didn’t hurt either. Matt Barnes owes those guys a Coke.
- It’s hard to blame the Bucks for packing the paint all night. When they lost to the Clippers in December, the Clippers got dunks on dunks on dunks. Milwaukee had defenders sinking all night and the Clips countered with a 12-for-29 three-point shooting night. That’s tough.
- There weren’t many rebounds to be had in a game where Milwaukee shot 48% and the Clippers shot 54%, but when the ball did bounce astray, the Clippers typically got it. A 42-34 edge on the glass for Los Angeles.
- The loss was Milwaukee’s first double digit final score difference, in either direction, since February 8. Milwaukee has not won by 10 or more points since January 29 against the Pistons.