|Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 31 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | +8
With Ersan Ilyaosva out, Luc moved to the four. It was not the jump start I suspected it might be, but he was more than serviceable throughout the game.
|Monta Ellis, PG 36 MIN | 10-19 FG | 4-6 FT | 5 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 26 PTS | +10
Monta’s run continues. It could be that his numbers were just destined to even out after the worst first 50 games of his career or maybe it’s something else. Either way he’s finishing close to the hoop and making jump shots with much more regularity lately.
|Brandon Jennings, PG 43 MIN | 10-16 FG | 5-6 FT | 3 REB | 10 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 31 PTS | +11
I tweeted this last night and I stand by it: It’s jarring to watch how different he’s playing. Specifically in pick and rolls. He’s not looking for the terrible mid-range shotes he used to always take. He’s keeping his dribble alive and finding teammates or just moving the ball to the other side. Against Golden State, he hardly took a bad shot and constantly moved the ball. It was fantastic to watch
|Ekpe Udoh, PF 21 MIN | 2-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +7
Some of the Bucks best defensive moments came with Ekpe on the court, which really shouldn’t come as a surprise. As Ekpe got his most minutes in about a month, the Bucks had one of their best defensive games. Seems about right.
|J.J. Redick, SG 32 MIN | 5-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 2 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 15 PTS | +17
With the Bucks up just two points as the fourth quarter began to wind down, Redick tossed in eight big points in less than two minutes that helped seal this one up. He still hasn’t even REALLY got going from three in Milwaukee. If he does that … yikes.
Three Things We Saw
- This was a Jennings and Ellis win wit a fat helping of JJ Redick. The two centerpiece guards made shot after shot all night long and kept the Bucks from having any crucial dry spells and then Redick helped close things out with some big shots late.
- Milwaukee’s defense is far from perfect at this point, but it’s been good enough to keep them in games for the most part since the Redick deal. If they can stay in games, anything can happen. And their offense is starting to look good enough to be capable of stealing any game late, especially if Jennings and Ellis stay hot.
- 29 assists for the Bucks, the fourth straight game with at least that many. When Milwaukee got hot late last season and was blowing out bad teams, they did it with ball movement and shooting. Offensively, they are starting to really resemble that group, but with the fire power to challenge more talented groups too.
- I’m getting dangerously close to believing in this. It’s oen thing to stick around and pull games out in the end, but Milwaukee put Golden State away a bit as this one wound down. There were some tense moments, but after JJ’s two threes it never felt like the Bucks were in danger. I hadn’t felt that confidence in quite a while.