All of the points: Bucks 131 – Bobcats 102
|Ersan Ilyasova, SF 31 MIN | 8-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 22 PTS | +16In his last three games he’s 10-for-15 from 3-point range. He’s averaged 23.6 points per game and he’s grabbed just under nine rebounds per game. A pretty fantastic three game stretch on the offensive end. He’s still struggling defensively, but the Bobcats couldn’t really expose that with a frontcourt of Josh McRoberts and Bismack Biyombo.|
|Larry Sanders, C 31 MIN | 11-19 FG | 2-4 FT | 13 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 24 PTS | +23He could not be stopped. Dunks. Baby hooks. Short jump shots. But mainly dunks. A career best 24 points for Sanders who seems to be getting better virtually every night. He has reached double figures in rebounds in 11 of his last 12 games and has double-doubles in all but four of those games.|
|Monta Ellis, PG 41 MIN | 7-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 14 AST | 6 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 19 PTS | +24A lot of minutes for a Bobcats game that was won by 29 points, no? I was surprised he played virtually the entire first half. Pedal to the medal I guess. Ellis set a new career high with 14 assists and kept taking the ball away from bad players on the Bobcats.|
|Ekpe Udoh, PF 18 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +12His rebounding was all the talk of Jim Boylan’s pregame meeting with the media. Then he grabbed one defensive board in 18 minutes. Maybe last game’s 11 rebounds was the aberration and the rest of his career as a poor rebounder was more indicative of who he is. Maybe.|
|Mike Dunleavy, SF 31 MIN | 6-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 15 PTS | +26He’d been struggling lately, so I’m sure Dunleavy was thrilled to see Charlotte. It’s always good to see him grab seven rebounds too, he did that with some frequency earlier in the season and the nights he rebounds well seem to be the nights he plays better. Perhaps it speaks to his level of engagement.|
|J.J. Redick, SG 26 MIN | 8-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 20 PTS | +18Apparently this was something of a slump buster game. Redick has now hit four of his last 10 3-point attempts and the rest of the game came pretty easy on Monday night too. If only Milwaukee could play the Bobcats every night.|
|Drew Gooden, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | The crowd chanted for him as the game wound down, but they did not get what they desired. He appreciated it though.|
Three Things We Saw
- The Bobcats … they aren’t so good. You can see a couple bright spots here and there: Kemba Walker has for sure taken a step forward this season. He has a great ability to handle the ball and can make some difficult shots in traffic. It looks like contact isn’t a big issue with him when he’s finishing. Gerald Henderson looks like a nice bench guy. Supposedly Michael Kidd-Glichrist is fun, but he didn’t play Monday night. Overall, it’s a pretty sad situation though. But, such is life building through the draft.
- So if the Bobcats are so dreadful, then how did they manage to carve up Milwaukee’s defense so bad in the first half?
They made a lot of shots. Looking at the above shooting chart of Charlotte’s first half, there aren’t a lot of warning signs. Charlotte made 9-of-12 midrange shots and 5-of-10 threes. Historically, they aren’t very good from either of those ranges on the floor and they regressed back to normal in the second half. Milwaukee’s defense was a bit lax in the first half, as we’ve become accustomed to, but against Charlotte, it’s easy to go on cruise control early and often.
- The Bucks offense wasn’t on cruise control at any point. Threes were falling (14-of-27 on the night), outlet passes were flying and Milwaukee did a great job of capitalizing on 20 Charlotte turnovers. The Bucks were supposed to win by a bunch and they did. Big point differentials on bad teams are more important as far as predicting how well a team will do in the future. It’s probably too late to read too much into this win, but it’s a good one nonetheless.