It’s pretty much unbearably cold outside. Last night, as I walked home from the Bradley Center, when I checked the weather, it “felt like” -4, thanks to a wind that hit me over and over like a trained boxer. It was miserable.
People couldn’t wait to get back into that weather last night and out of the Bradley Center though. Near the end of the third quarter, the masses started pouring out, having had enough of yet another truly embarrassing performance from the Milwaukee Bucks.
A lot of times when prospects have the physical talent of a Giannis Antetokounmpo or the apparent ability at a young age of a Lebron James, analysts remark about how they don’t want to put a ceiling on that guy. They don’t want to say what he could or couldn’t be, because he could blow away everyone that came before him. That’s kind of how I feel about the Bucks at this point.
I don’t want to put a basement on this group. Every time we think we’ve seen their worst, they come out and surprise us yet again with even worse effort, even worse execution and even worse basketball than we’ve ever seen before. This is the worst Bucks team that I’ve ever watched in my lifetime and I’m not sure it’s all that close. Earlier this season there was a lot of talk about how these guys were more fun than last year’s team, and I still would rather have this team than that team, because at least they are moving in a more logical direction now, but make no mistake, nothing about this team is fun to watch.
If every player on this roster, sans potentially three or four, isn’t shopped as aggressively as possible over the next month it would be a huge disappointment.
|Ersan Ilyasova, PF Shot Chart 21 MIN | 5-15 FG | 1-1 FT | 13 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | -23
Terrific at missing the softest attempts at the rim and then corralling the rebound to miss again.
|Larry Sanders, C Shot Chart 21 MIN | 0-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 1 PTS | -17
Unclear if he was aware basketball was happening.
|Luke Ridnour, PG Shot Chart 15 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | -10
Shouldn’t be playing.
|Brandon Knight, PG Shot Chart 36 MIN | 11-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 27 PTS | -25
Is the only player on this team capable of contributing mostly every night on offense. Doesn’t play the right position.
|Giannis Antetokounmpo, SG Shot Chart 25 MIN | 2-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 5 PTS | +3
Hobbled around with an injured back. Fouled everyone, turned it over often. Looked bad.
|Khris Middleton, PF Shot Chart 31 MIN | 5-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | -24
Makes shots. Does nothing else. Didn’t make that many.
|Caron Butler, SF Shot Chart 15 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -5
Veteran lead this team into another pathetic outing.
|Miroslav Raduljica, C Shot Chart 11 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +4
Couldn’t get off the bench early and contributed nothing when he did.
|John Henson, C Shot Chart 28 MIN | 5-8 FG | 0-2 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -19
Can’t find consistent minutes because colossal contract mistake Ersan Ilyasova is blocking his way. Is incapable of getting shots without guards creating for him or feeding him in the post and plays on a team without much of a point guard.
|Nate Wolters, PG Shot Chart 16 MIN | 3-5 FG | 2-4 FT | 1 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +7
|O.J. Mayo, SG Shot Chart 21 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -16
When he’s not jogging around, he’s throwing lazy passes that get picked off. That happened again tonight and he responded by heading down to the other end and fouling the guy who stole his pass to set up a four point play.
|Gary Neal, SG Shot Chart DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |
Luckiest man on the team.
No strategy is ever apparent. The team has no energy. He’s declared on at least three occasions that he was going to play the guys who played hard, yet he’s tried everyone on the roster in the rotation and keeps getting these outings. He’s lost. They are lost. Everyone is lost. Every game is lost.
Three Things We Saw
- Should be changed to the Bucks.
- Drew talked to his team for 20 minutes after the game, presumably about effort and pride and things like that. Maybe they will score 90 points in a 20 point loss next game and we’ll see that progress. When a coach apologizes to a city after three or four home games, he doesn’t really give himself much wiggle room. How soon can this season end?
- Odds are now that we’ve been watching the worst Bucks team in the organization’s history. Injuries are not to blame for that. It’s a complete failure on the players, coaching and organization in general at this point.