The Odd Couple. Bucks 105 – Celtics 98

Nate Zaza
(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Milwaukee Bucks 105 Final  Recap | Box Score 98 Boston Celtics
Caron Butler, SF 27 MIN | 2-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -3

Butler did not play well early in the game, but he hit a game-tying three and made a clutch steal that sealed the game for the Bucks.

Larry Sanders, C 18 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 4 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -18

Vitor Faverani, who went undrafted in 2009 and wasn’t signed until this year, made Sanders look like a punk. Faverani had 18 rebounds (and six blocks) and pushed Sanders around all game. This time, it wasn’t foul trouble, but Sanders own poor play that kept him out of the game.

Gary Neal, SG 26 MIN | 4-11 FG | 4-6 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | -17

Neal scored 14 points quickly, but sputtered out shortly after that. As the starting point guard, he failed to create for other players on the court with him. With Neal on the court, the Bucks reverted to the same poor ball movement they had against the Knicks. Neal will work much when Luke Ridnour and Brandon Knight return.

John Henson, PF 25 MIN | 6-11 FG | 2-4 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | +28

Like just about everything in the first half, the Henson-Pachulia pairing didn’t work out very well. The first few minutes of them checking into the game saw the Celtics getting a lot of looks near the basket. We’ll have to take another look at the tape, but something definitely clicked for the two big men because Henson and Pachulia were definitely the defensive anchors for the comeback.

Zaza Pachulia, C 30 MIN | 5-10 FG | 10-10 FT | 9 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 20 PTS | +25

For the second straight game, Pachulia was arguably the best Bucks player. He brought steady production on the boards and stemmed the rising tide of Faverani. He has been a great safety valve for Wolters

Nate Wolters, PG 29 MIN | 5-10 FG | 3-3 FT | 2 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | +23

What is there to say about Nate Wolters that hasn’t been said about Meryl Streep’s acting. Wolters looked much more comfortable tonight which makes sense considering that he’s playing against a scrub Celtics team instead of making his NBA debut at Madison Square Garden. Wolters long three and floater early in the fourth started the game-saving run in the fourth quarter. He’s a good candidate to be everyone’s favorite Buck by the end of the season.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, SG 12 MIN | 2-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +11

A+ for Giannis dunks.

Larry Drew

There were points in the first half where I wondered what exactly Larry Drew had the team do during practices. He made good second half adjustments that won the game and that’s all that matters. The Bucks can’t keep falling behind by 20 though and I would like to see them go for transition baskets more.

Four Things We Saw

  1. The Bucks bench dropped 66 points tonight and all the bench players had a double-digit plus-minus. The bench looks better than the starters on both sides of the ball. Even without injured players returning, expect some lineup changes for the home opener.
  2. Wolters looks like he favors going to the left even though he’s a right hand shooter. Or it could be that defenses are forcing him left. Either way, he has to get his left-hand up to par quickly.
  3. Henson looked good in post-ups. He’s even more impressive since Pachulia and Sanders don’t create much space for him.
  4. Happy home opener!

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  1. I disagree about Sanders, he got no help whatsoever from Butler and Ersan. he wasn’t great but he wasn’t horrible.

  2. Henso has proven that, while he may never live up to the lofty expectations us Bucks fans have put on him, he does a lot more good than bad.. I don’t know if I’ll ever understand why his shot blocking hasn’t translated to the next level, even though his one block tonight was huge

    • 14 and 9 with a block in 25 minutes is pretty great and the kid is in his second year. I’m not sure why you’ve already decided that he won’t reach our expectations…

      • I didn’t mean it to be a knock.. just meant I don’t know if he’ll ever be an All-star type player.. I love having him on our team

  3. Again, watching highlights on SC this morning and it appears that, win or lose, the Bucks aren’t actually playing in these games. ZERO highlights from the Bucks perspective yet they somehow won. I saw Rondo sport a fake beard though so that’s something… I guess that’s more important than a KEY block from Henson late in the game, or a runaway dunk from Giannis, or even a clutch three from Butler to tie the game in the 4th.

  4. Calling John Hartzell:

    Please create a photoshopped depiction of the ultimate Bucks Hybrid big man, a player possessing:

    -Larry Sanders’ Defensive instincts and athleticism
    -Zaza Pachulia’s girth, toughness and savvy
    -John Henson’s smooth interior game and small annual salary
    -Ersan Ilyasova’s range, motor, and large devoted Turkish fanbase

    =best player of all time

    Zasan Sandson
    Zarry Henyasova
    Erza Henders
    Lohn Ilyachulia
    Ersohn Pachanders


    Call Kobe’s stem cell doctors and lets make this happen Hammond

  5. Oh and I forgot to mention how stupid the Bucks are for not making Monta Ellis sign a contract with them at gunpoint. Could’ve really used his 7-19 effort last night. Why did we let him make his own decisions. Stupid bucks. #swagtwinsforever

  6. Ugh… So much to discuss- NOT MONTA ELLIS THOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!

    Early season, young talent,unfamiliar with eachother, rookie PG, NO PRODUCTION from Sanders….down 20pt. In both instances, team D’s up and Scores their way back to a LEAD in 4th quarter. I will be 1st to admit- its difficult to watch and painful too. These kind of tests and victories ( even MORAL ) are tiny building blocks for the new squad.

    Please…lets try to SUPPORT our Bucks as hard as they been playing these games! They need fan support… GO BUCKS GO