|Ersan Ilyasova, PF Shot Chart 49 MIN | 2-10 FG | 7-8 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | -5
It almost seems like everything Ersan is doing is being done because he knows he has to do it, but doesn’t think it will work. He looks slower than usual. His shots aren’t falling or all that close to falling for the most part. He hasn’t been keeping as many balls alive on the offensive glass. When he gets an opportunity to finish and anyone is around him, he falls down or fades away at least half the time. There’s no power or confidence to his game right now. That’s bad.
|John Henson, PF Shot Chart 51 MIN | 7-14 FG | 6-10 FT | 14 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 20 PTS | +2
It will be refreshing when Henson gets a big man next to him who can handle playing center. When he was matched up with Tyson Chandler tonight, things looked very difficult for him. When Chandler wasn’t on him, he seemed to thrive. His tip-in sent the game into a second overtime and was symbolic of his solid job on the offensive glass.
|Khris Middleton, PF Shot Chart 52 MIN | 8-22 FG | 2-4 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | -4
It’s like he was able to have two okay Middleton games in one night, given his stat line in 52 minutes. He gets extra points for helping to harass Carmelo Anthony into a tough shooting night (9-29 FG). Anthony isn’t a terrible matchup for Middleton, who has some strength, but lacks quick change of direction foot speed. I think Anthony thought he could bully Middleton in the post, but KM stood up well.
|Brandon Knight, PG Shot Chart 50 MIN | 13-25 FG | 4-6 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 8 TO | 36 PTS | +3
Larry Drew was excited about his aggressiveness, speed and strength after the game. Well, maybe not excited. He seemed happy about it, with a caveat: Knight needs to learn how to use it better. Knight had a career high 36 points, which was great. But he had just three assists and turned the ball over eight times. He often finds himself over penetrating or flying out of control in transition, unable to reel himself in in time to find a teammate successfully. When he over penetrates, he either turns the ball over or has to get up a bad shot. Knight has so many physical skills and an ability to make shots, but he looked nothing like a point guard against the Knicks.
|Giannis Antetokounmpo, SG Shot Chart 42 MIN | 2-3 FG | 6-7 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 10 PTS | -1
Giannis got all nasty with Carmelo Anthony and generally had a lot to say to both Anthony and Metta World Peace in his first start. His comments when he was asked why he played with more attitude this game:
“The reason was Carmelo. I respect him, he is one of the best players. But he can’t come out and start bullying my teammates, me, talk to me all the time, say stuff. So, I try to not react back to him but, you have to respect him, but, if he do it all night, you can’t focus on your game, so you have to respond, tell him something, to stop. When you go out there, I don’t care who you are, for me, you’re just a jersey. So I’ll play you defense and push you back.
He make me be more aggressive.”
Unfortunately, given Knight’s hot hand and Giannis’ place in Milwaukee’s pecking order, he didn’t get many opportunities over the fourth quarter and overtime periods, but when Giannis was involved, he attacked the rim as usual and again dropped off a couple of nice assists. He might have to force himself into the action a bit more going forward though, find a way to get the ball into his hands, because that’s where he really thrives.
|Ekpe Udoh, PF Shot Chart 16 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -9
Solid rebounding night. He had a big one late in the game after Beno Udrih missed a jumper that could have given the ball game to the Knicks before overtime. Outside of the boards, not much from Ekpe.
|Luke Ridnour, PG Shot Chart 17 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -13
Indistinguishable game. The kind of night where you see Ridour played 17 minutes and you think, “Really? No lie?”
|Nate Wolters, PG Shot Chart 14 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -3
His most notable moment was a complete refusal to attempt a three as the first half ended. He has no interest in shooting threes right now, as he is now 2-24 on threes this season after missing one Wednesday.
Three Things We Saw
- The Knicks attempted 41 threes! JR Smith took 17 himself! It seems like maybe they were out of control, but New York only turned the ball over 14 times, while the Bucks coughed it up 22 times. That explains New York’s hefty 101-82 advantage on shots.
- Larry Drew on Bargnani’s crazy shot: “What I thought? I’m curious what he thought.”
- After the aformentoined Ekpe rebound late in the fourth quarter, the Bucks had a chance to win with a last second shot. The shot ended up being a John Henson 19-footer. D’oh. Larry Drew felt like there was a breakdown in concentration that led to that shot.
“All five guys have to be on the same page and there has to be total team execution and total team focus in what we have to do from a last shot stand point,” he said. “The play has to be run with pace, precision, everybody has to do their part and you get the shot that you want and you live with it. And that was not the case. We had a breakdown. We had a couple guys out of spots and we just did not get the shot that was drawn up in the huddle.”