Bull Shot: Bulls 91 – Bucks 90
|John Henson, PF 36 MIN | 6-9 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 4 BLK | 2 TO | 15 PTS | -6
Every game is another reminder that I’m anxiously awaiting the return of Larry Sanders, if only to see what happens when Henson moves back to the power forward spot. Again, he was over-matched trying to hold the Bulls off the glass essentially by himself. Other than fighting a losing battle on the glass, Henson played pretty well, doing a lot of the things that have made him successful.
|Khris Middleton, PF 24 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | +1
For a moment, it looked like he had won the game for Milwaukee. His left-handed floater gave Milwaukee a two point lead with 29 seconds to play. After the play broke down, he was able to get a clean look off the dribble from 12-feet out. Sure, it was a tough look, but he’s capable of creating something for himself, just not great looks for himself. Another fairly solid game from him otherwise. He’d be smart to watch the HELL out of Mike Dunleavy tapes, specifically tonight’s tape.
|Ekpe Udoh, PF 33 MIN | 3-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 3 TO | 7 PTS | 0
This is not the rebounding partner Henson needs. Udoh was blown away by Boozer and Noah all night long. He is not good at rebounding. He’s a minus. Also, he isn’t much for offense either. Disaster. I suspect Ersan will be back in the starting lineup sooner rather than later.
|Brandon Knight, PG 29 MIN | 3-9 FG | 5-5 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 11 PTS | -11
Half the time, Knight looks fantastic. The other half of the time, he looks completely out of control.
|O.J. Mayo, SG 29 MIN | 6-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | -9
Mayo was having an okay game, until there was about a minute and a half left. First, he fouled Mike Dunleavy shooting a three, which meant he gave the Bulls three points. Then, he came down on the other end, with the Bucks up two and shot a quick, errant three. It was a terrible shot that came out of nowhere, completely out of whatever flow the Bucks could have had on offense. Outside of those two moves, he wasn’t bad, but those were two TERRIBLE plays.
|Ersan Ilyasova, PF 24 MIN | 1-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +5
One time he hit a jump shot. A bunch of other times he faded away from the hoop, praying he could get up a shot. Sometimes he got those shots up, sometimes they were blocked by Carlos Boozer, of all people. Either way, they never went in.
|Gary Neal, SG 19 MIN | 5-9 FG | 5-6 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 17 PTS | +5
His complete offensive arsenal was on display. He made a couple of forays into the paint that went pretty well, he hit a couple of threes, he drew some fouls. This was a very good Gary Neal game. He even threw a lob to Giannis one time. Late in the game, Milwaukee inbounded the ball to him right on the sideline and he was tied up by Joakim Noah. I’m hesitant to blame him for catching in a bad spot; that was just a terrible job by everyone.
|Giannis Antetokounmpo, SG 24 MIN | 2-4 FG | 4-4 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +1
Larry Drew said Giannis played his most complete game of the season. He was an aggressive rebounder, he was calling for lobs and getting to the line. He faked a handoff and spun into the paint, then drove for a dunk. A pretty solid game overall, though he still stood to the side frequently on offense.
Drew said four guys were in the right spot and one player was out of position on the shot that led to Khris Middleton’s miraculous jumper. He wasn’t sure if he needed to be more clear about who should be where coming out of timeouts or if guys needed to focus more. One thing he was sure of was that everyone needed to do a better job executing down the stretch or else this team would continue to blow any leads they have late.
Three Things We Saw
- So many Bulls fans, as usual. Losing to the Bulls in Milwaukee is always a bummer, because everyone wearing red and black just feels a little too good about themselves afterwards.
- Chicago outrebounded Milwaukeee 44-38 and had 17 offensive rebounds. That’s a problem. Noah, Gibson and Boozer were way more physical than anyone the Bucks trotted out at center and power forward and probably swung the game with their intensity and physicality.
- Oh, how did Chicago win, you ask? Mike Dunleavy banked in a three with five seconds left with the Bulls down two. He came off a double screen and Henson was a split second too late in jumping out to contest the shot. Of course that’s how it ended.