New season, same inconsistencies: Bobcats 83 – Bucks 76

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John Henson defends rookie Cody Zeller (Photo credit: Jim Prischler/AP)
Charlotte Bobcats 83 Final
Recap | Box Score
76 Milwaukee Bucks
John Henson, PF 34 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 10 PTS | -5

With Ersan Ilyasova and Ekpe Udoh sidelined, John played heavy minutes at power forward and center, especially as the big man in some exceptionally small lineups. For a while it worked well, especially matched up against some of the smaller lineups trotted out by the Bobcats. He showed a commitment to the lefty hook, trying it multiple times throughout the game. Some of them went in, but he needs some more work to consistently make that shot and become a real scoring threat.

Caron Butler, SF 33 MIN | 7-16 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 18 PTS | -7

This is what the Bucks brought Butler in to do – he was never the focus of the offense, but he was there to make open shots and give the team starters’ minutes at the small forward position. He led the team in points, but don’t expect that every night.

Larry Sanders, C 28 MIN | 0-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 4 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -5

I know we don’t laud Sanders for his offense, but he has to be better than 0-8 if he’s going to be a starting center in the NBA. Meanwhile, Charlotte’s starting center, the immortal Bismack Biyombo, pulled down 20 rebounds. His only saving grace was that he managed four blocks in 28 minutes and kept himself out of foul trouble.

Brandon Knight, PG 30 MIN | 1-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 9 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | -5

From his stat line, Knight looked like the breath of fresh air that Bucks fans have longed for after the Brandon Jennings era left them with bad memories of shoot-first point guards. For the majority of his time on the floor, he was able to avoid turning the ball over and was effective in the drive-and-kick game. It remains to be seen, however, if he can balance scoring and facilitating to take his game to a higher level.

O.J. Mayo, SG 34 MIN | 5-13 FG | 2-3 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 15 PTS | -7

He came on early and scored some quick points on threes. However, the sub-40% shooting percentage wasn’t a great look in the end.

Screen shot 2013-10-13 at 1.51.35 AM Olek Czyz, SF 16 MIN | 4-5 FG | 2-5 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +9

Another game, another training camp squad hero. Czyz scored three points less than the entire Bobcats team in the second quarter, adding a steal and some solid defense. He scored on jumpers, layups, and one alley-oop that he called for (and received) from Ridnour at half court.

Luke Ridnour, PG 24 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | -8

Speaking of players fulfilling the roles they were brought in to play, Ridnour spent significant amounts of the game as the primary ballhandler and showed off the midrange game that he’s known for. 4-5 from three point range was icing on the shooting cake. It’s starting to look like Ridnour may see extended time at the point even in the regular season.

Four Things We Saw

  1. The Bucks continued their streaky ways from last season, opening up a 21-point lead at one point in the game and then giving it all back and more before losing by seven.
  2. After the game, Larry Drew expressed concerns about the “sense of urgency” he saw from his team when the Bobcats started on their eventual game-winning run. It seemed like the same old Bucks story – look good at the beginning and fade away at the end. Hopefully this doesn’t continue to be a trend.
  3. This is the second time in three games that a training camp invitee looked great in a preseason game. First Stephen Graham, now Olek Czyz. However, it’s still unlikely that either – or Trey McKinney-Jones for that matter – has a shot of making the regular season roster.
  4. Jannero Pargo and Bismack Biyombo – not exactly big names in the NBA had huge games in separate ways (24 points for Pargo, 21 rebounds for Biyombo) that ended up sinking the Bucks. It’s hard to win letting near-unknowns have career days against you. The Bucks defense improved tonight compared to the other two games, but it needs to be able to lock down in crunch time if this team is going to improve in close games.

Next game: At Memphis on Tuesday night.

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  1. Quick notes…Giannis had a crazy put back dunk and Oly had a real dirty oop dunk. Graham and Oly have both played pretty well.
    Back to Giannis, Greek Freak is a lame moniker. We have creative people here, we can figure it out.

    The Alphabet

    Maybe I’m not creative since I only came up with Abracadabra.

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