Finally, double digits: Bucks 116 – Sixers 106

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Khris Middleton: Shot Maker. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)
Philadelphia 76ers 106 Final
Recap | Box Score
116 Milwaukee Bucks
Ekpe Udoh, PF Shot Chart 26 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 5 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -6

Rebounds! Blocks! Those are two things Udoh will have to keep contributing if he’s going to hold off Miroslav Raduljica for minutes when (if) the team finally gets everyone healthy.

Khris Middleton, PF Shot Chart 36 MIN | 11-15 FG | 4-4 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 27 PTS | +14

He made all 10 of his two point shots and had a very impressive third quarter run in which he at one point made five consecutive shots. So much of what he did was off the dribble, heading towards the basket, which was particularly impressive. It seemed like his confidence was sky high by the end of the third and he was looking for opportunities to attack whenever he caught, which I don’t think we typically see with him. Huge night.

Impressive shot chart too.

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Caron Butler, SF Shot Chart 40 MIN | 8-21 FG | 4-6 FT | 11 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 22 PTS | -4

Early on, it seemed like Butler was intent on making up for all the shots he missed out on taking while sitting out the past 12 games with an injured knee. 13 shots in 20 first half minutes. He ended up with a moderately inefficient line, but he was virtually the only Bucks player motivated to collect defensive rebounds. All 11 of his boards were on the defensive end. It was surprising to see him get as many minutes as he did, but without Henson and all the usuals, Larry Drew was strapped for bodies.

Brandon Knight, PG Shot Chart 33 MIN | 7-13 FG | 5-5 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 21 PTS | 0

Back-to-back no turnover games for Knight. If this season amounts to essentially a season long position tryout for Knight, a game like this becoming more commonplace would be huge for him. He seemed to be in more control of himself and not so insistent on forcing the issue against the Sixers. Still, even in a game like this, where he played pretty well, it doesn’t seem like he goes to great length, or any lengths really, to set up his teammates. His assists seem more like coincidence than anything else.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, SG Shot Chart 35 MIN | 3-7 FG | 6-6 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | +11

Here’s an interesting difference between Giannis and Knight. When Giannis gets an assist, it seems like he’s often creating a look for a teammate rather than just moving the ball. He’s not a ball-mover, he’s a play creator. And he does all that in addition to the other things he does well: draw fouls, catch lobs, excite the masses. He’s attempted at least four free throws in five of his past six games and over that stretch he’s 29-35 from the line.

Miroslav Raduljica, C Shot Chart 22 MIN | 5-7 FG | 4-4 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 14 PTS | +16

Career high! If there’s one thing Miroslav does at an NBA level, it’s finish around the hoop. He has pretty good hands and if he isn’t fouled, he usually finishes plays. The speed of the game still seems like a lot for him at times, but he may catch-up eventually. Physically, he’s just a slow guy. That’s never going to change. But as he gets accustomed to the league, he may eventually start to react before things happen. He could stand to improve as a rebounder and I think the rebounding is related to the idea I was just referring to.

Nate Wolters, PG Shot Chart 15 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +12

Capable, solid minutes. Until he starts making threes, it seems like there’s a pretty obviously ceiling on what he can contribute. Those Steve Nash comparisons seem very far away right now, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be an okay player.

O.J. Mayo, SG Shot Chart 20 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | +7

Didn’t really make much of an impact or have a noticeable game. I have near panic attacks when he see him preparing to enter, because it means Giannis could be coming out. Those are really the only times I noticed Mayo on Saturday.

John Henson, PF Shot Chart DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

Official word is a left knee contusion. He was actually announced as a starter against the Sixers, but was pulled from the lineup just before tip. Larry Drew said he got word that Henson couldn’t push off his knee and he’ll be day-to-day. They should know more tomorrow.

Two Things We Saw

  1. This is Milwaukee’s first double digit victory of the season and a 19-point fourth quarter lead matched the largest lead of the season. Today is December 21.
  2. Brandon Davies, Hollis Thompson, Elliot Williams … these are guys that play for the Sixers. Not particularly well mind you, but they are on the team. The Sixers won a few more games early on than anyone expected, but they are full on terrible now.

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2 Comments

  1. Great game. Games like these make the season tolerable, and makes the future look bright. A lot of young players getting a lot of minutes tonight and making the best of them, very fun to watch.

  2. Fun game to watch! I appreciate how Middleton finally got his due from the staff, but i prefer tough grading and they seem pretty fair on all players which is nice. Freaking Giannis guys! I was just telling someone even though his stat line doesn’t jump off the page at you the guy can play ball and is flat out FUN to watch. Bucks got the steal of the draft imo. And lets give Knight a break everyone. He’s a 2nd year player playing out of position that can drive, has nice shooting touch, rebounds, plays solid D(cavs game excluded), & most importantly has 2 straight game w/o a turnover. I say play him all year and let him grow. Go Bucks!