Four in a row: Grizzlies 102 – Bucks 99
|John Henson, PF 34 MIN | 3-6 FG | 2-4 FT | 12 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 8 PTS | +1
When Sanders fouled out late, Henson slid over to center to take on Marc Gasol. A key possession was wasted when Henson didn’t set a strong enough pick and the Bucks got forced into iso mode with a short shot clock. Gasol also bullied him for a three-point play just when the Bucks were about cinch a win. He was mostly solid when Gasol wasn’t involved though.
|Caron Butler, SF 23 MIN | 1-5 FG | 1-1 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | +2
In one preseason game, Butler looked like the real deal. In the others, including this one, he mostly just existed. Presumably he’ll be ready on Opening Night.
|Larry Sanders, C 27 MIN | 5-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 11 PTS | +13
Except for the fouls, Larry was terrific on defense. On the other hand, the offense that he creates for himself on rebounds and fast break finishes at the rim is completely negated by the halfcourt possessions he wastes. He also got another technical foul.
|Brandon Knight, PG 27 MIN | 8-16 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 19 PTS | -1
His jump shot may not have the quickest release, but Knight almost always shoots it balanced and with well-squared shoulders.
|O.J. Mayo, SG 30 MIN | 4-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 14 PTS | +3
O.J. was all kinds of splashy from three-point land, but not from anywhere else. Five turnovers ruined his return to Memphis. Bucks are definitely looking to him as the go-to guy at the end of games.
|Khris Middleton, SF 25 MIN | 7-14 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | -2
Middleton didn’t do much much beyond the arc or at the rim, but his midrange game was fluid and fantastic.
|Olek Czyz, SF 14 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | -5
Czyz played aggressive denial defense, actively overplaying the passing lanes. Question: If he’s eating a cereal and you toss him an orange to complete the breakfast, does he dunk it whole in the bowl because alley-oop?
|Miroslav Raduljica, C 10 MIN | 0-0 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -7
Getting the 25 team assists per game that Larry Drew desires will be easier if Raduljica and Henson keep up the heady passing. They had 22 in this game.
|Luke Ridnour, PG 24 MIN | 3-7 FG | 5-5 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 13 PTS | -6
If I had to grade just Ridnour’s offensive performance, he would get an A.
|Giannis Antetokounmpo, SG 19 MIN | 2-3 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -13
His three shots were two dunks and a missed dunk. The Bucks brought him off the bench in the final minute to pressure the inbounds pass and it nearly netted a turnover. For the second straight game, he kept things relatively simple and ended with 0 turnovers.
Three Things We Saw
- The Bucks shot well, better than Memphis did, but 17 turnovers sprinkled throughout the game sunk their chances at a first win.
- On offense, is there a more frightening sight than an overdribbling Sanders isolated with the ball at the top of the key? When it happens, you know it’s going to end badly, but you can’t quite look away because you have a morbid curiosity to see exactly how it will happen. Or is that just me?
- The Bucks gathered 33 of the available 45 defensive rebounds in this game — 73.3% — a number that wouldn’t be terrible if it didn’t look like their best work of the preseason. With 19, 17, 13, and now 12 offensive rebounds allowed in the four games, at least the trend is headed in the right direction. Get well, Zaza?