Alone in a quiet basement: Magic 113 — Bucks 102
|Ersan Ilyasova, PF Shot Chart 20 MIN | 4-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | -7
Ersan’s primary skill is scoring, and his secondary skill is ____? Is it rebounding? Drawing charges? Setting picks? All those other skills have diminished from last year. When he’s not making his shots, the returns are minimal.
|Khris Middleton, PF Shot Chart 25 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 10 PTS | -7
It’s hard to beat any team by shooting a bunch of 22-footers just inside the three-point line and sprinkling in a few turnovers for good measure. He was in the starting lineup instead of Giannis to guard Arron Afflalo, and Afflalo lit him up for 14 first-quarter points.
|Larry Sanders, C Shot Chart 33 MIN | 4-11 FG | 2-4 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 4 STL | 4 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -3
To his credit, he’s not forcing up a bunch of shots at the end of poorly-formed basketball forays, but he’s also not making enough of the easy plays that are there for the taking. He needs to catch the ball in traffic better. He protected the rim well, but last season he took a much more aggressive approach to getting back on defense in transition.
|Brandon Knight, PG Shot Chart 26 MIN | 3-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -11
Meh. He wasn’t spectacular, but he deserved to go to the free throw line more than twice. It’s hard to earn the respect of referees when your team goes 1-14 for the month of January.
|Nate Wolters, PG Shot Chart 41 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-3 FT | 7 REB | 9 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -13
One of the bleak positives was Wolters getting the nod over Ridnour and getting within a Giannis arm’s reach of a triple double. He put some passes in nice spots that probably no other Buck guard would, but at times looked like a rookie in awe of the speed of the game. His field goals came on layups and floaters; Nate went 0-for-4 on jump shots and the Magic defended him accordingly.
|Caron Butler, SF Shot Chart 29 MIN | 7-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 20 PTS | -4
He attempted six “above the break” three-pointers in the fourth quarter and made four — including a four-point play when he got fouled on one of them. His shot was falling, but it started falling when the game was essentially over, and Butler was yielding nearly as many points to Tobias Harris at the same time.
|Miroslav Raduljica, C Shot Chart 12 MIN | 3-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 6 PTS | -6
All night long it seemed like whenever Sanders or Raduljica would block a shot, the Magic would look around, find the ball, and put it back in. The only time it didn’t was when Miroslav did one of those no-jump block/steal-ball rip maneuvers.
|Giannis Antetokounmpo, SG Shot Chart 29 MIN | 4-7 FG | 5-9 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 15 PTS | -5
He made consecutive three-pointers late in the third quarter, so that was a nice touch. Just when I was going to note that he didn’t seem to be using his athleticism above either rim, he ripped off a ferocious baseline reverse windmill dunk.
|Gary Neal, SG Shot Chart 24 MIN | 5-10 FG | 3-4 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | +1
Neal got off the bench for the first time in a while and played like a competent offensive weapon — moving the ball and getting his points in the flow of the offense. The rust showed on the other end. He doesn’t move well and watching Orlando attack a pick-and-roll defended by Butler and Neal is not fun.
|Ekpe Udoh, PF Shot Chart DNP SPRAINED ANKLE MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |
Did not travel with the team – sprained left ankle.
|John Henson, C Shot Chart DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |
Did not play because of a sprained wrist that may keep him out of tomorrow’s Memphis game.
|Luke Ridnour, PG Shot Chart DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |
Did not play — coach’s decision of foresight
|O.J. Mayo, SG Shot Chart DNP ILLNESS MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |
Did not travel with the team — illness.
|Tobias Harris, SF Shot Chart 30 MIN | 7-18 FG | 4-5 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 18 PTS | +3
How did he sneak in here. Go away, Tobias Harris. GO AWAY.