Surviving Sacramento: Bucks 115 – Kings 113

24 points, 10 rebounds and one ejection in 28 minutes for DeMarcus Cousins. Don’t mess with Mike. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Milwaukee Bucks 115 Final
Recap | Box Score
113 Sacramento Kings
Ekpe Udoh, PF 25 MIN | 4-7 FG | 2-4 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 4 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -9

HOLY EKPE STATS. With Sanders out and Mbah a Moute largely absent in the second half, Udoh responded with one of the finest games of his season.

Samuel Dalembert, C 26 MIN | 4-6 FG | 2-4 FT | 11 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | -7

He did all of the things he usually does: Grab rebounds, block shots and hit some of those fairly reliable jump shots of his. Also, moved slowly. But as a backup center filling in when one of the league’s best defenders goes down, he did a great job. Dalembert’s got to be one of the better backup centers in the league, even when he’s moving at a glacial pace.

Brandon Jennings, PG 37 MIN | 4-11 FG | 7-8 FT | 1 REB | 8 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | -8

He didn’t have the dominant performance he did against the Warriors or the assist extravaganza he had in the three games prior to that, but for the most part, Jennings played a solid offensive game. He took a couple of bad shots out of pick and rolls that he had been avoiding over the past four games, but he didn’t do it enough to be damning.

Monta Ellis, PG 42 MIN | 9-24 FG | 11-12 FT | 4 REB | 9 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 29 PTS | +5

He can be afforded an off-night from the field, especially when he knocks down 11-of-12 free throws and attacks as aggressively as he did against the Kings. Without Redick, the Bucks were going to win or lose this one with Jennings and Ellis. They won it. Defensively though, this game was a bit of a step back for him, as he allowed some hilariously easy penetrations throughout the game.

Gustavo Ayon, PF 14 MIN | 6-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | +19

Goose got loose in the second quarter. Ayon got his first extended opportunity with the Bucks and took advantage of it. He attacked the hoop repeatedly and grabbed a couple of rebounds on both ends. He scored eight points and grabbed four rebounds in nine crucial minutes with the Bucks thin in the front court. He’s already had a more productive Bucks career from a return on investment standpoint than Drew Gooden.

Mike Dunleavy, SF 27 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-4 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 16 PTS | +7

Milwaukee needed productive minutes out of Dunleavy without Redick and he delivered. Over his past seven games, he’s 14-for-30 on threes.

Marquis Daniels, SF 26 MIN | 3-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | -4

He’s been buried pretty far down the bench pretty much since Jim Boylan took over, but he clearly kept himself ready and delivered a very good game for an eleventh man. That’s what most people saw Daniels as when the season started and that’s a role he can provide plenty of value in. Coming in for one game here and there and providing defense and a bit of ball-handling. Well done, ‘Quis.

Two Things We Saw

  1. The Bucks lost an hour to daylight savings, had a bus trip to Sacramento from Oakland, played without two starters and their top reserve and survived a spirited late run. That’s all that could really be asked of them.
  2. Kings guard Isaiah Thomas carved up any defender placed in front of him all night, en route to attempts within 10-feet, but he couldn’t finish on many. And when he’d drive and kick out to open shooters, the Kings spent most of the night missing out on those opportunities too. Defensively, this was not one of Milwaukee’s finer games, which probably owed to the lack of Sanders and this game being the second night of a back-to-back on the road. But at some point, the Bucks will need to take care of some of their perimeter defense leaks.

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  1. First and foremost, looking at the glass as half-full,
    the Bucks won back-to-back road games, and both on the
    West Coast, which is great! Kudos to the whole
    team, with special shout-outs to “Mike, Marquis
    and the Goose” (soon to be a rollicking television

    Lots and lots of shots and minutes for Monta, which
    might have been okay for last night — although it might
    be that Monta’s low shooting percentage and lousy defense
    almost cost us the game.

    Whatever the case, I hope coach Boylan gives him and
    Brandon more rest for the next two games, which will
    make four games in five days. Let’s see some Ish, as
    well as more Goose and John, and let’s keep the starters
    fresher for the end of the game.

    When guys start slacking-and-jacking
    (lazy defense and loads of shots),
    that’s the sign to take them out. When the minutes are
    selective, the players are effective. Plus, it’s a good
    way to keep the bench players involved during the season
    and ready when needed.

  2. I told all y’all dat nigga Ayon could ball. All y’all been cryin’ ’bout losing Tobias. We got the better deal. Anyone can fill up the box score on a bad team. Tobias is just the forward version of Gerald Henderson. The Heat streak ends in Milwaukee.

  3. Curse of the Jimmer

    Do you realize that we essentially traded Jimmer for Redick? Pretty sweet! That being said, I think I would’ve puked if the Kings had executed that last play.

    And Patti, you’re a terrible human being

  4. with no Redick on the floor, BJellis reverted back to the old them.. not that my point needed more reinforcement, but with no challenges to their playing time Monta and Brando went SAM(Soft as a Motherfucka).. lucky for the Bucks the Kings are the Kings, and the only reason they came back in the 4th is we were on cruise control.

    extra point.. the Boylan rotations strike again, deciding not to play Ayon almost at all in the second half.. he was in supposed foul trouble but that is no excuse for him not getting minutes in the 4th

  5. ya, whats the difference of Ayon fouling out and Boylan not playing him at all in the fourth? They both have the same result, Ayon sitting on the bench. At least have him grab some boards and maybe show off some of his offensive skills. I will say that Ayon almost scored as many points as Tobias last night in a 1/3 of the time and grabbed about as many rebounds too. Even tho Tobias is doing well, i still say that Ayon+Reddick>Tobias and Lamb. Fear the Deer!

      • Good point! I wonder if J.J. has any
        intention of signing with the Bucks.
        It might just be that he’s being diplomatic
        and polite.

        It would be interesting to compare Jimmer
        with J.J. when J.J. was in his second year.
        As I remember it, it has taken J.J. a few years
        to adjust to the NBA and become the good-to-very-good
        player he is now (with perhaps even more potential).
        It might be that the example of J.J.
        could be a good source of encouragement for Jimmer,
        and a lesson for teams to look for guys like J.J. while
        they are under-the-radar and available for a reasonable

  6. Great comments Jeremy. Glad to get out of the left coast with 2 wins while being short-handed. Now the fans need to support the team back home!!! Go Bucks!!! BTW, Stag Swag is growing on me…

  7. happyfeethustle

    To everyone… I dont believe thats the REAL Patti. Someone must have accessed her pc-or she is having a bad reaction to prescription meds-OR forgot to take her meds. Patti has always been very respectful, lets hope we dont see anymore of this.

    Bucks hang on- thank heavens. Clearly could see effects of tired legs-too much travel-not enough downtime betweeen games. The Bucks showed just enough to win. Sacramento steeped on the gas late-damn near stole it from us.

    Ayon makes a case for more minutes (even tho it was the Kings)-he showed hustle,effort, and a SOFT touch with the ball around the rim. Finishing at the rim is a challenge for lots of big men.He is looking like a huge BONUS in trade w/Magic. Will prove to be important as season drags on towards playoffs.

    I agree with ya Sfisch-lets see some Ish. Our guards need a bit more rest. Ish showed some Dfense in G.S. sat. nite- better flow with offense is needed from him, hopeful it starts to improve.

    Stay positive fans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Go BUCKS Go

  8. Wow! I am amazed at the lack of love for Tobias
    on this site! When he was a Buck, there was very
    little support for him, and even Jon Hartzell seemed
    tepid about Tobias when I posed a question about
    him a week or two before he was traded.

    Now it seems that posters have been going out of their way
    to diminish Tobias’ excellent start for the Magic. How sad!
    We could at least support the guy a little as he goes off
    into the future.

    As I understand it, Tobias is shooting about 50% from the
    field and showing range from the land of three. He’s taking
    in about 6 boards per game in maybe about 25 minutes,
    after Jeremy complained that he wasn’t rebounding well earlier
    in the season. And did you see his nifty behind-the-back pass
    last night, in a win against the team that the Bucks barely
    beat a few weeks ago and that has about the same record as the
    team the Bucks beat last night. (Tobias was also very good
    in a close loss to the Heat.)

    Before we get too giddy, the Bucks really aren’t that good, either, and it’s hard to tell if the guys who are leading us are just mercenaries auditioning for another gig and ready to break our hearts.
    Yet if fans are determined to keep putting down Tobias, after
    apparently not supporting him when he was with the team, we deserve
    to get our hearts broken by other players.

    • Unless he finds one thing he’s really good at I dont think he’s going to be anything better than above average in the league, his ceiling is probably Thaddeus Young but I bet he’ll end up more like a less trigger happy Michael Beasley.

      He’ll never have elite athleticism like Lebron/Gay/Josh Smith

      Never will be defensive Specialist LRMAM/Battier/World Peace/Marion

      Probably will never be great shooter Durant/Melo/Gallinari

      Doesn’t really leave him much else, to be above average at a few things doesn’t really translate to long term NBA success. I’d personally rather have a proven specialist in JJ Redick

      • It’s hard to know, especially when Tobias
        is only about 20-years-old.

        I see things differently, Ted, but sincerely
        appreciate your thoughts on the matter.

  9. P.S. I’m rooting for the Goose to take
    some of the sting out of the loss of Tobias,
    but not at the expense of putting Tobias down.
    I hope Gustavo gets 15-25 minutes in each of
    the next two games if he plays even close to
    as well as he did last night.

    • i think most people like harris and wish him well but also see the positive from the bucks point of view.

  10. this game proves what i have been saying all year, when jennings and ellis have decent to good players around them they put up better than all star numbers but when they are forced to do everything on their own since they are essentially both undersized guards they arent going to end with a high fg% and nobody should really complain about it either

  11. Well, please be assured that this is my first post and the earlier posts were by the “OTHER”. Actually, I was traveling yesterday heading to Milwaukee and I am going to the Dallas game tonight.

    That was a crazy game against the Kings and happy for the 2-1 trip to CA. Hope everyone is healthy again because as entertaining as that Kings game was I don’t think my heart could take that line-up against the Mavs (unless they pull it out).

    Peace, love and could you raise the temperature about 50 degrees?

    Go Bucks!
    Posted by the real Patti and not the one that posts wild things!

  12. Jennings can’t hang with Isaiah Thomas, unfortunate but not all that shocking. But when the slow white guy that no one wanted to draft because he can’t create his own shot (Jimmer) comes in the game and is defended by Jennings (arguably one of the fastest guards in the NBA). The slow white guy proceeds to destroy Jennings and go off for like 10 straight points beating Jennings off the dribble each time and knocking down shots.

    I’m convinced the guys I play pick up games with could shake Jennings and score on him consistently. There is no justification for paying someone who cannot guard his spot at all any sort of real money.

    He will never be an efficient scorer, but defense is pretty much all mental and just requires the effort. He should have the physical ability to defend in the NBA, he just can’t and isn’t willing to. Its shocking how terrible he is, no amount of scoring can off set his defensive liability.

  13. Everybody back tonight against Dallas. Sanders, Redick and Ersan all expected to play. Moute my not play however with a turf toe injury.

    How does one get turf toe in basketball?

  14. Forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is questionable with a turf toe injury. He started against the Kings but had to exit during the game before returning.

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