|Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 20 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 7 PTS | +10
Personally, with Ilyasova so ineffective down the stretch, I would have loved to see Luc slide down for a while and see if he could put a stop to the Paul Millsap show, but it seems like he’s strictly a three in the Jim Boylan Era. He has not exactly flourished there though.
|Ersan Ilyasova, SF 31 MIN | 3-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | +1
He’s been doing pretty much everything right lately, so Ersan can be afforded a bad game. And a bad game this was. He couldn’t get many shots to fall, which isn’t inexcusable, we’ve all been there. But Ersan had nothing for Paul Millsap for the vast majority of the fourth quarter and overtime. And when Ersan would switch off Millsap, Enes Kanter would beat him inside for rebounds. Rough night on both ends.
|Larry Sanders, C 40 MIN | 3-9 FG | 2-4 FT | 16 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 6 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | +5
It was looking bad for the Bucks on defense late in the game … until the Jazz started attacking the guy who might be the league’s best defensive payer this season. Utah went at Sanders on each of their last three or four attempts. The Jazz were stopped each time. When you look back at this game, know the Bucks absolutely could not have won without Larry Sanders.
|Monta Ellis, PG 44 MIN | 15-21 FG | 3-5 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 4 STL | 1 BLK | 5 TO | 34 PTS | +8
Dude is playing crazy right now. He’s finishing, he’s hitting jumpers, he’s doing everything on offense anyone could ever have wanted him to do. He’s still doing some gambling on the other end, but it’s much easier to overlook that sort of thing when he’s getting four steals and shooting nearly 60%.
|Brandon Jennings, PG 47 MIN | 8-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 17 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 20 PTS | +4
If he hadn’t had 19 assists against the Raptors on Saturday, the 17 he had against the Jazz would be a new career high. So he’s certainly been impressive as a pass first point guard over his past two games. More impressive in that regard than he’s ever before been. We’ve seen short bursts of great from Jennings before, but never this type of burst or this type of great. It’s going to be very interesting to see if this sort of play holds up.
|Samuel Dalembert, C 22 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | 0
Dalembert was a help against a very physical Jazz front line. He moves slowly, but he has some serious power. When he fouls someone, he typically stops them from getting a shot off, which is one of those things you don’t realize is useful until Ilyasova nicks a guy and he gets an and-1.
|J.J. Redick, SG 30 MIN | 7-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 17 PTS | -16
What’s crazy about Redick so far is that he still hasn’t really hit his stride. He missed at least three WIDE OPEN threes that I’m thinking he’s typically about 60% on. When he really starts hitting, he’s going to be pretty lethal, especially if Jennings is still dishing out assists left and right.
Three Things We Saw
- It’s tempting to toss up a Mission Accomplished banner and celebrate the brand new Brandon Jennings after his ridiculous assist totals in the past two games, but I urge more patience. Everything looks great now and Milwaukee’s back court duo has quite literally never played a better game together. But they played against Randy Foye and Earl Watson who combined for – zero points. Not the stiffest competition. So let’s not kill Brandon Jennings when he has a bad week or deify him when he has a good one.Give it time.
- Milwaukee has now won four straight and sits two games above .500 heading into Los Angeles and Oakland to pay the Clippers and Warriors, a pair of tough Western Conference playoff teams. Golden State has struggled lately, so an opportunity rests ahead for the Bucks there.
- The Jazz were without three starters Monday night and Marvin Williams barely played. I don’t want to rain on parades, but that’s two straight games where the opposition was missing a critical piece or pieces and Milwaukee had to go to overtime to win. Something to be aware of.