Too much talent: Heat 107 – Bucks 94

Dwyane Wade got hurt, but he returned and the Heat overpowered the Bucks Friday night. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
Miami Heat 107 Final
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94 Milwaukee Bucks
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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

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  1. It is worth pointing out that Dunleavy’s poor shooting is really hurting. The guy plays smart and takes open shots, but when they aren’t falling, the Buck’s usually aren’t winning. I really like Mike and I feel like he is one of a handful of players that play better than their contract.

    I’ve come to notice that with the new and improved Ellis, matched with Jennings is a worse fit than before. Ellis is at his best cutting, driving, distributing. He can’t do those things when Jennings is dribbling in circles, waiting for the shot clock to force something to happen.

    I don’t expect a lot out of this team as far as the post season goes. Their going to make the playoffs by default. I’ve started to look forward to the off-season and I want Ellis as my PG moving forward. I might be the minority, but Ellis is so much more down to earth and professional in his approach. Anyone that follows Jennings on twitter knows what I’m talking about.

  2. happyfeethustle

    Im somewhat with ya on your posting Patti…Heat were doubling down on Monta(our best scorer last 6 weeks), and gambling that the Bucks couldn’t keep pace without him-they were correct. Dunleavy was fed the ball outside the arc repeatedly in 1st half-open shot- CLUNKER! DOINK!
    BACK RIM! Dunleavy makes a few, Heat have to stay with him-more 1on1 for Monta. Painful to see good passing out of the double team for open looks that wont go,think the whole team was somewhat TIGHT…. :(

    As far as Ellis for the future- I admit my past dislike of his game-he has proven everyone wrong since all star break. Consistent scoring,willingness to take contact at rim,he clearly is a better option at PG. Will he stay here? Does he REALLY want to be a Buck going forward. I hope so…going to stay positive- Enjoy last 18 of reg. season

  3. Do you still want to play the Heat first round now Jennings? I would definitely take Ellis over Jennings this off season. Ellis at least tries to make something sooner in the shot clock whereas jennings wastes 15 seconds off the shot clock before trying to do something. I love Dunleavy but you can tell that he is starting to get fatigued. He isn’t getting his legs under his shot. We need to reduce his minutes if possible and save him for the future. Then in the offseason i think we should go after Korver. He’s a younger Dunleavy. I’m not sure how much he will cost but i would definately consider him.

  4. Quis was like a mosquito buzzing James all night…he doesn’t have the same physical prowess, but he was irritating as hell. Nice job of stepping up for the team.

    Now Larry, on the other hand, is taking a step in the wrong direction by getting ejected two games in a row…or any games for that matter. He might think it’s fun to give the refs a thumbs up as he walks to the locker room, but that’s where it ends. Not impressed.

    Actually, I was more disappointed with the Dallas & Wizard game losses. My expectations were higher. They put up a good fight and did a lot of things right, just need a little (a lot) more work.

    Go Bucks!

  5. I’m trying not to get too high or too low
    with either Monta or Brandon. They’re tough
    to figure out.

    The difficulty with both guys, it seems to me,
    is that for all their skills neither is a classic
    point-guard nor a classic shooting-guard.
    They’re hybrids.

    I think what we need most is a true point-guard,
    with commanding floor-leadership and the ability to
    break down tough defenses with the dribble and the
    pass. I’d go for an exciting young point-guard in
    the first round of the draft, and also try to get
    a good veteran at the same position, trading one of
    our many frontcourt guys, though not Larry or John.

    I would keep Monta or Brandon, but not both, and the
    choice would depend in large part on whether either
    one of them really wants to stay in Milwaukee. They
    both seem like good guys, but it would be important
    after the season to evaluate which one has the most
    upside in terms of talent and attitude.

    Either Monta or Brandon could contribute a lot as
    primarily a shooting-guard along with J.J. —
    if they are willing to embrace a role where they would
    not be the main guy, but rather one of the main guys.
    I could see either one playing 30-36 minutes; making
    $6-$8 million per year with incentives; contributing
    significantly to what I hope will be an improving team;
    and having a nice relationship with Bucks fans.