Another game, another lack of effort: Mavericks 106 – Bucks 93

This recap may seem a bit harsh for a 13 point loss. But I assure you, this was no regular 13 point loss. Milwaukee trailed by 20+ for the majority of the game and even 30+ for a while. The Bucks lost this game as they stepped on the court, even though the Mavericks were without Dirk Nowitzki and Rick Carlisle.

This was the Bucks’ final game in a eight games in 12 days stretch. That’s never any fun for NBA teams and of course guys are going to be a bit worn down by the end of that stretch. But this defensive effort couldn’t be chalked up to tired legs and moved on from. Dallas scored 38 first quarter points and did whatever it wanted offensively. When the Mavericks began trapping on defense, the Bucks handed the ball over and stood by like the stereotypical old woman who just had her purse stolen.

Not good times.

This was the game. Dallas calmly doing thing and Milwaukee always struggling. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
This was the game. Dallas calmly doing thing and Milwaukee always struggling. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Milwaukee Bucks 93 Final
Recap | Box Score
106 Dallas Mavericks
Ersan Ilyasova, PF 19 MIN | 0-2 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 2 PTS | -20

In his return to the starting lineup, he again showed why he was on the bench in the first place. To be fair, he looks a little off, especially when he attempts to sprint. I don’t think his ankle is right.

John Henson, PF 29 MIN | 8-17 FG | 2-4 FT | 13 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 5 TO | 18 PTS | -3

Offered little to no defense against anything the Mavericks did with Brandan Wright, though he got zero help from his teammates for 99% of the game. Gets bonus points for being on the court when positive things started happening late.

Brandon Knight, PG 24 MIN | 7-16 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | -26

A day after Larry Drew went on and on about how solid a defender Knight is, Jose Calderon obliterated him with four first quarter 3-pointers. Drew mentioned after the game that stopping Calderon’s shooting was in the game plan. Maybe Knight didn’t get a copy?

O.J. Mayo, SG 15 MIN | 1-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | -15

Mayo’s grandmother passed away on Friday, so he missed shootaround to make arrangements. Drew wasn’t sure he’d be available at all on Saturday. Family death isn’t a fun thing, so I imagine he was a bit distracted and wishes he could have returned to Dallas under different circumstances.

Ekpe Udoh, PF 18 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -12

The same game he has every game.

Miroslav Raduljica, C 14 MIN | 6-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +7

‘Slav looking useable! Spry certainly isn’t the word I’d use there, though it would have sounded better. He finished the hell out of shots inside and made a couple of nice catches on the pick and roll. Plus he’s a huge target when he gets position in the post and gobbles up passes with ease. He even caught a pass around the free throw line and attacked for a dunk. Big offensive night for him.

Nate Wolters, PG 28 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | +14

Wolters and Ridnour looked good in garbage time, though sometimes Wolters is so stunningly unwilling to shoot it’s an issue. He continues to get better attacking the hoop.

Luke Ridnour, PG 16 MIN | 3-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +15

He brought good balance to the backcourt with Wolters, as a guard willing and capable of shooting the three with success.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, SG 35 MIN | 3-9 FG | 7-8 FT | 9 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 13 PTS | 0

Led the team in all major important statistical categories, made all but one of his eight free throw attempts, always played hard, ran off a few curls, probably had his most active off the ball movement night. It was a good game for Giannis. He is really, outside of maybe ‘Slav, the only bright spot. As usual.

Larry Drew

How many times is Milwaukee going to be down 30 points in a game this season? How many times will Drew promise big changes and then have the same product in the end? I know he’s not dealing with a full roster, but his job is to prepare this team to play every night. This team, either because they didn’t listen or didn’t know what to do, did not seem prepared. That ultimately falls on him.

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  1. We just suck, how about that? Does it have to be about effort when you’re completely outclassed by your opponent? Keeping in mind Dirk didn’t play, but I’m not sure since 20% of our games aren’t even on FSWisconsin anymore in favor of friggin’ hockey games. Lots of giving up all around for this franchise, fans that cheer for the Lakers and Bulls when they’re in Milwaukee, players that don’t care, and an owner and GM who need to learn when to just give up and tank. Aaron Gordon, Julius Randle, Marcus Smart, Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, take your pick, just don’t screw it up because we’re running out of chances, it seems.

  2. Wolters

    Is the starting lineup I want to see until Sanders returns. Ellis had as many assists as the entire Bucks team in the middle of the 3rd quarter… 5.

    Wasn’t Drew’s offensive system suppose to be pass-first, high-energy and with an emphasis on team play? I’ve seen none of that, at least with the above starting lineup we’ll see a group of players who actually want to be out there.

  3. 5 assists? For the entire game? Well, there is your answer why the Bucks are occasionally completely uncompetitive.

    I almost get sick when Brandon Knight makes a shot … cause that means no passing or “running” of the team is coming up anytime shortly.

    It’s well past time to use Knight as a spark plug off the bench. Start Wolters who actually can run a team and reward Giannis with starting minutes. He’s playing really well and that’s a beautiful thing to see.

    Also, if the Russian can play a bit throw Henson a bone and let him go back to his normal position of power forward.

    Got all this Larry Drew?

  4. Ok, I will say the Bucks need a direction and the organization has sucked in that department for some years, but the one bright spot has to be drafting. The past few years we have gotten Sanders 15th, Henson 14th, and Giannis 15th. Go back and look at those drafts and tell me there are fifteen guys in each that you would rather have than them. 2010 with Sanders there are about 6 players and the other two if the drafts were done over Giannis and Henson would possibly be taken top 5. This is the bright spot I continue to focus on as we near the possibility of one of the biggest picks in one of the biggest drafts since 2003.

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