Henson does it all: Bucks 78 — Bulls 74

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Milwaukee Bucks 78 Recap | Box Score 74 Chicago Bulls
John Henson, PF 41 MIN | 11-17 FG | 3-4 FT | 14 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 6 BLK | 3 TO | 25 PTS | +5

He did it all: lefty hooks, blocks, rebounds, a shot-clock-beating Hail Mary and a strip of Carlos Boozer in the final minute. He has developed a well-timed sense of tempo: quick enough to get his shot off, but careful enough to aim and fire.

Khris Middleton, PF 33 MIN | 2-6 FG | 3-3 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +13

When Middleton starts with Henson, Udoh, and Knight, the Bucks have four above-average defenders on the floor. They just need someone to get the rebounds. His team-high +/- rating of +13 is just one more game in a long string of evidence that the Bucks fall apart without him.

Also: Knight can’t shoot it 23 times and only get it to Khris for 6 shots. That’s not a good ratio.

Ekpe Udoh, PF 22 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +2

In one crazy minute of the fourth quarter, Udoh blocked a Carlos Boozer shot, corralled the rebound, then snagged another THREE offensive rebounds in a row on the other end. He also finished with 5 rebounds and 2 blocks.

Brandon Knight, PG 44 MIN | 8-23 FG | 2-2 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 19 PTS | +3

A double double? Terrific! 8-for-23 shooting, 2 assists and 6 turnovers. Zoinks.

Offensively, Knight isn’t much of a point guard’s point guard, but he defends well and he is a huge help on the defensive glass. He pushed the ball in transition, but he hasn’t quite figured out how to get in control enough to minimize mistakes and see open shooters for kick-outs.

Kirk Hinrich made none of his ten shots, but that looked to be at least as much about Hinrich as it was about Knight.

O.J. Mayo, SG 44 MIN | 2-12 FG | 3-3 FT | 1 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | +3

One thing he did well: A few times on offense he came around a pindown screen set by Henson or Udoh, then dumped the ball down to Udoh/Henson for easy baskets after drawing both defenders.

One thing he didn’t do well: defense.

Ersan Ilyasova, PF 31 MIN | 4-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | +3

He did a lot of the typical Ersan things, save for rebounding.

Nate Wolters, PG 13 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +2

He had a turnover trying to squeeze a bounce pass between defenders on a pick-and-roll. It’s amazing how jarring it is to see a rookie backup lose a turnover when most rooks do it all the time.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, SG 10 MIN | 0-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 1 PTS | -8

It’s really a shame Mike Dunleavy isn’t a Buck this year, if only for the education that Giannis would get trying to guard him in practice. The second quarter alone was a three-credit course.

Larry Drew
He started Nate Wolters in the second half and brought Khris Middleton off the bench — a move that didn’t have a payoff or a penalty.

He also tried a lot of defenders on Dunleavy in the second quarter, but it’s not his fault that none of them worked.

Three Things We Saw

  1. Mike Dunleavy outscored the Bucks in the second quarter, 18-15.
  2. With Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Jimmy Butler, and Luol Deng out with injuries, the Bulls used just eight players. Four of them — Hinrich, Marquis Teague, Nazr Mohammed, and Erik Murphy — combined for a scandalously brutal 6 points on 22 shots.
  3. Ekpe’s Amazing Minute:

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7 Comments

  1. I’m still excited about Brandon being really good for us in one way or another — but, please, let’s get another point guard.

  2. Looking at all the lineups that the Bucks have used; almost any that are positive in plus minus have Middleton in them. He really does hold this team together.

  3. And to think all it took was injuries to the entire team for Drew to figure out that Middleton and Henson are the two best players we’ve got (without Sanders that is).

  4. Did anyone else hear McGlocklin compare Antetokounmpo and Henson to unopened umbrellas? I’m assuming they meant an opened umbrella without the fabric part. It brought an interesting visual to mind. Hopefully Giannis, at least, can put on a bit of weight once he stops growing.

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