|Marquis Daniels, SF 27 MIN | 6-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | -7
Hero ball should really be defined as Daniels efforts to stop Lebron James. ‘Bron had him in the post over and over and pulled out some ridiculous moves that led to fadeaway jumpers that had no business going in that kept going in. Not much ‘Quis could do about that. But he did his best and made things as difficult as he could. With Mbah a Moute out, he was literally the only Bucks player with a shot at stopping James.
|Ersan Ilyasova, SF 41 MIN | 10-20 FG | 5-5 FT | 17 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 26 PTS | -8
Very, VERY active on the offensive boards. Seven of his 10 rebounds came on the offensive end and in true “Look at Ersan hustling” fashion. Kudos to him for that. The Heat are not a great matchup for him on the other end. If he’s gotta chase guys out on the perimeter like Bosh or Battier, that’s tough for him.
|Larry Sanders, C 28 MIN | 2-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -14
Can’t be getting ejected and tossing around long jumpers like dice at a craps table. He’s got to reign both of those things in for him to take another step forward in his development. Larry’s been doing great in a little under 30 minutes all year and at about 30 minutes a night the past two months, but he should be a 35 minutes a night player. Cutting those two things out would help him be that, so long as his fouls stay low.
|Monta Ellis, PG 34 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 7 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | -8
Bad night for Bad Monta to show up. To be fair, I don’t think he played bad, so much as he just shot poorly and didn’t get a ton of looks because the Heat really keyed in on him. I can only wonder if Wade wanted to show Monta who really had it all.
|Brandon Jennings, PG 41 MIN | 6-15 FG | 6-7 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 21 PTS | -12
I always expect him to come out firing against the Heat, but he had just two points on three shots in the first half. I know he says the Heat are a good matchup for the Bucks, but they really aren’t. Their guards are very big and physical and they play small so much that Milwaukee’s big advantage, a slew of mobile bigs, can’t really be used very well.
|John Henson, PF 8 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -3
Two Things We Saw
- It’s tough to envision how the Bucks can stop the Heat from doing virtually whatever they want. Luc Mbah a Moute’s return would be huge if these teams play in the first round, as Milwaukee’s inflexibility defensively was difficult for them to overcome. But even if Larry Sanders has to check Chris Bosh, pulling him away from the hoop leaves Milwaukee very exposed. Bosh’s 28 points on 16 shots certainly made him someone Milwaukee had to run out at too.
- Certainly, if Milwaukee is going to have a shot to beat Miami, they’ll need a hot shooting night. And that was far from what Friday’s 37% effort was. Miami is very good defensively, so it won’t be easy, but Milwaukee need to shoot 45% + if they want to beat the Heat.