Didn’t this game happen last week?: Bobcats 92 – Bucks 76
|Ersan Ilyasova, PF 12 MIN | 0-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -6
Was as much of a non-factor as he’s always been this season before he injured his right hamstring and had to leave the game. It’s unclear if he’ll be available Saturday night.
|Khris Middleton, PF 30 MIN | 3-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | -6
Typical kind of night for Middleton, with a couple more steals peppered in and a few shots missed that he’s typically been making. Over his past 10 games, he’s averaging 27.8 minutes, which surely pleases Bucks fans.
|Brandon Knight, PG 30 MIN | 7-11 FG | 2-3 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | -7
By far, his best game of the season. He used his speed and athleticism for good and wasn’t turning the ball over every chance he got. The biggest difference for him was cutting out his outrageous pass attempts and the silly travels that have plagued him this season. Knight continues to try and push the ball up the court as quick as possible when he gets possession, which is great to see.
|O.J. Mayo, SG 31 MIN | 2-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 5 PTS | -18
Through 15 games, it’s pretty hard to believe the Bucks really thought Mayo could come in and function as a top offensive option every night. At the same time, it’s easy to believe that two other teams gave up on those hopes pretty quickly.
|John Henson, PF 24 MIN | 3-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 6 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | -15
Blocked a lot of shots. He’s also the only player on the roster who can flash a semblance of a post game. He had a nice series of moves on Cody Zeller early in the game that did not lead to a basket, but gave hope that he’ll continue to get more looks.
|Ekpe Udoh, PF 25 MIN | 2-8 FG | 6-8 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -8
Offense is very difficult for him, but I’ll give him credit for making his free throws count. Udoh has very little touch around the rim and doesn’t have much fluidity when he’s trying to create some space for himself near the hoop. I think it’s his lack of explosiveness that makes it impossible for him to get a clean look with a defender near him.
|Nate Wolters, PG 20 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | +4
Out of players who played important minutes, Wolters had the only positive plus-minus on the team, which seems like a pretty Wolters thing to do. His calling cards were evident throughout the game. Patience, ball movement and security. He had a nice steal in the half court that he converted into a transition layup as well.
|Giannis Antetokounmpo, SG 13 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-1 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -1
Giannis did a couple of cool things in his minutes. He made a nice baseline cut for a dunk and had a great dish to John Henson in transition that was a very instinctive moment. He wasn’t thinking when he made the pass, just reacting to what was happening. It was awesome. But he did a lot of standing around again, the cut for the dunk aside. He’s getting better at moving along the baseline, but he’s still learning how to play without the ball. It’s a work in progress.
|Gary Neal, SG 20 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | -11
Ten to twelve shots, ten to fourteen points. Rinse and repeat.
|Larry Sanders, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |
Picked up a technical foul, because it had just been too long.
At least for a few moments, he tried some different things. Giannis played early. Wolters got some run at the point guard spot again. Neither did too bad. Of course, Caron Butler was inactive, so it wasn’t so much that Drew was being creative as it was his hand was forced. Another issue: The Bucks don’t appear to have a game plan on offense.
Two Things We Saw
- This loss was nearly identical to the 96-72 beat down the Bobcats put on the Bucks on November 23. The Bobcats are a different class of a team than the Bucks right now. What has the world come to?
- I wish I could sort for different defenses the Bucks run and see results. Milwaukee kept slipping into a zone that alternately gave up open looks and offensive rebounds. Milwaukee has played more zone this year than in the entire Scott Skiles era combined, typically without positive results.