Strong night from legendary Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova not enough: Hawks 109 – Bucks 104

HE CAN’T DO IT ALONE! (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)
Milwaukee Bucks 104 Final
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109 Atlanta Hawks
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

  1. 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?
  2. 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!

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  1. Jeremy can you or anyone else think of an instance when a small market team did get maximum value on an asset?

    • San Antonio Spurs
      OKC Thunder

      Bad management has much more to do with the Bucks woes than being a small market team.

  2. happyfeethustle

    Im with ya completely……! UGH…when will this season end. 4 games into the playoffs -we will all be put out of this seasons misery. I somewhat disagree w/Ersan point of view. He has been SOLID since Boylan shifted him back into starting line up. Unlike his CRYBABY teammmates-he ALWAYS gives 100% effort, crashing boards on both ends and hustling ALL game long. I think Ers value is understated!

    Seems like the team is just fine w/losing- and keeping 8th seed by default. They seem to know this nightmare will soon be over-and those with means to move on will DO SO! Bye Ellis, Redick, Dunleavy,Dalembert.

    Major OVERHAUL coming this off season-and Im full of regret and sorrow at the LOSS of Harris, and even Lamb. WE LOST LOT OF FUTURE SUCCESS in that deal-and Redick will be 1st guy to head out of town after game 4.
    Geez….he just isnt coming CLOSE to what we expected, and I cant understand why….



    Monta Ellis plans to opt out and become free agent this summer, according to report by Gary Woelfel.

    So many thoughts…so few words…zip!

  4. Yeah Pat I find it kind of ridiculous that some people think that Ellis will stay the year because “he won’t get 11 million anywhere else next year.” That is very true, but his clock is ticking so he knows that his best shot of getting an extension is this year for maybe 8.5 mill a year, Cuban might pay him more. I assume a 3 to 4 year contract. If he has another off year like this past year teams will throw even less money at him. Should have traded Monta and BJ3 for crazy talent, really young upside players, or draft picks at the deadline. Instead we get nothing. This isn’t baseball or football where you get compensatory draft picks either, just beyond idiotic by the Bucks front office.

    • Not trading BJ3 was a mistake, not trading Ellis was probably due to little interest since he was playing so poorly at the deadline and is unrestricted this summer.

  5. @Jeremy Schmidt

    I agree Ersan is absolutely a 4th or 5th option, a solid asset but not a shot creator, not a guy you want to depend on primarily.

    But isn’t his annual salary (~7.5 million) market value for the type of player he is at the PF position? Hasn’t he played up to and at times exceeded expectations based on his contract?

    Guess I’m not understanding the criticism of having him on our roster, his contract isn’t preventing us from bringing in more talent.

    If we ever land an all-star or two, Ersan’s value will only increase because he is the ideal sidekick and team player. His hustle is inspiring and he’s a great guy to have on our team in my opinion, even if Henson supplants him in a year or 2. So unless you have a rebuttal stop h8in on Ers please.

  6. we should have traded BJ/Ellis/Dalembert/Illyasova/Dunleavy, any of those could have brought us back picks. Even a second round pick in the 2014 draft could be good. We should have held onto Harris. Played next year with Harris, Henson, sanders, and this years extra pick(s). Tanked next year(if we lost to the bobcats we could easily be the worst team next year), and drafted Wiggins or Parker with next years draft. It wouldn’t have been that long of a rebuild with those pieces in place. A lineup with Wiggins, Harris, Henson, Sanders, and this years draft picks is way more appealing than any combination of Sanders/Illyasova/Jennings/Ellis/Reddick