Strong night from legendary Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova not enough: Hawks 109 – Bucks 104
|John Henson, PF 26 MIN | 3-8 FG | 2-4 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 8 PTS | -1Plenty of learning experiences in this one for Henson.
1. On a pick and roll, you have to show if you’re the big in Milwaukee. He didn’t do that on one attack by Teague late and it led to an easy layup during Milwaukee’s collapse.
2. Don’t put the ball on the ground on a catch within five feet. Just attack. He caught a pass from Ish in the fourth quarter, had an opportunity to go up strong, put it down and lost it. Seconds later, Horford was dunking and Milwaukee was out.
3. Don’t run into your teammates when they are heading to the rim with the ball. Ugh.
|Ersan Ilyasova, SF 28 MIN | 9-15 FG | 1-1 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 25 PTS | +2Too funny. I spent a portion of my Friday complaining about Ilyasova. It’s not that I think he’s a bad player, it’s just that I think he’s a fourth or fifth option and by acquiring a bunch of those and zero one and two options, a team will never be more or less than mediocre. Also the Bucks professionally make zero use of assets, so what does it matter if he’s an asset or not? Milwaukee will never get maximum value on an asset.
Anyway, then Ersan blows up and it looks like I’m an idiot. That’s fine. I’d gladly look the fool if Ersan kept having good games. Worth noting that he didn’t score in the fourth quarter and that he still can’t create shots. Asset!
|Monta Ellis, PG 44 MIN | 9-23 FG | 4-5 FT | 8 REB | 17 AST | 5 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 27 PTS | -1He’s been tossing up gaudy numbers regularly throughout the second half, so Friday night is hardly a surprise. His 3-point shooting percentage look like a Richter Scale readout, with Friday as something of a peak. Some terrible shots and truly horrible defense in the fourth quarter on a couple of 3-pointers allowed to Stevenson and Harris though. No one gets caught just wandering around more than Ellis.
Possibly his worst defensive game of the season and that’s saying quite a bit.
|J.J. Redick, SG 30 MIN | 3-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 10 PTS | -6It looks like it’s just not meant to be, that happy marriage of Redick’s shooting and Milwaukee’s generally capable ball movement. Redick is now shooting 40.8% from the field and 32.5% from three since coming to Milwaukee.|
|Mike Dunleavy, SF 25 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 7 PTS | -12At what point does someone else start inbounding the ball? He had a very difficult time on a couple of important inbounds passes in the fourth quarter, on the heels of a bad five second violation against the Magic on Wednesday. In general, he missed some crucial open shots and attempted some bad ones late too. Not his finest game.|
|Ish Smith, PG 22 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -5If nothing else, this was the game where Ish Smith showed Milwaukee he, at the very least once in a while, is capable of being a player who can play well on an NBA court. Of course, he’s behind two guards that for whatever reason are never removed from games, so that doesn’t mean much this season. But he’s guaranteed, so perhaps he’ll have a shot to absorb 15 minutes per game as a backup next season.|
|Jim BoylanAttempted at one point to counter Al Horford and Josh Smith with Ersan Ilyasova and Mike Dunleavy. I don’t need to write about how that went.|
Two Things We Saw
- I cite the fourth quarter quite a bit in these grades, because it was about as bad as it gets for the Bucks. Terrible execution on offense. Wretched defense. When does this season end?
- Good news: The Celtics lost. Bad news: With three games remaining, the Bucks need to win out and hope the Celtics lose out to get that seventh seed.So … eighth place it is!