Clip-clapped: Clippers 114 – Bucks 86

One time Ryan Hollins looked like he traveled. That was as good as things got for the Bucks on Monday night.  (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
One time Ryan Hollins looked like he traveled. That was as good as things got for the Bucks on Monday night. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
Los Angeles Clippers 114 Final
Recap | Box Score
86 Milwaukee Bucks
Ersan Ilyasova, PF Shot Chart 31 MIN | 6-22 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | -17

I can’t remember the last Bucks player that missed as many 1-foot jumpers as Ilyasova. He would probably be a better finisher if he wasn’t attempting to get shots up as fast as possible in attempts to avoid being blocked because he can’t get off the ground. He offers more flip shots and slapped up attempts at the rim than any other big man in the league, I’m sure of it. Somehow, he’s shooting 54.4% at the rim this season. I want a recount.

Also, Blake Griffin is a difficult guy for him to guard.

Khris Middleton, PF Shot Chart 38 MIN | 7-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | -18

Padded his stats a bit as one of the only players to still care about the basketball being played with less than six minutes to play. A few steals and a few layups and dunks led to eight easy points in some of the most garbage time you’ll ever see. Otherwise, he made no difference on the outcome of this game.

John Henson, C Shot Chart 27 MIN | 5-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | -21

He’s got a good left hook. That’s where the kudos stop for him on Monday night. DeAndre Jordan tossed him around like he was a dog with a chew toy. Jordan dwarfed the skinny Bucks forward masquerading as a center and looked like he deflated Henson early in the game. A highlight for Jordan seemed to be the first play of the second half when he knew Henson in the post would lead to a Henson left hook. As Henson made his move, Jordan jumped all of his left hand and almost took the ball out of it before Henson was able to launch it.

Brandon Knight, PG Shot Chart 28 MIN | 3-12 FG | 3-4 FT | 2 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | -29

Worst game in a while, made worse merely by the lack of Chris Paul and presence of Darren Collison. Having a bad game against Chris Paul is expected. Being so thoroughly outplayed by Collison? Less expected.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, SG Shot Chart 37 MIN | 3-7 FG | 2-4 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -27

He’s racking up fouls with increasing regularity and his turnovers are on the rise a bit, but that owes to his increased involvement in actual plays. His offensive movements are certainly unrefined, but he’s got the physical tools to make plays no one else can, as evidenced by the two GIANT steps he took en route to a reverse layup at one point.

Caron Butler, SF Shot Chart 23 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 11 PTS | -7

Could not veteran lead the Bucks to within 20 points for most of the game.

Miroslav Raduljica, C Shot Chart 23 MIN | 4-6 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | -5

He offered little resistence against Jordan, who illustrated what it looks like when physical tools meet intense passion. While Raduljica held up fine against the Pistons, who played with the energy of zombified zombie corpses (that’s right, DOUBLE ZOMBIE), he could not do the same against a focused, frightening Clipper front court.

Nate Wolters, PG Shot Chart 18 MIN | 1-6 FG | 2-4 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -9

Missed a 3-pointer by about a foot and a half at one point.

Larry Sanders, C Shot Chart DNP ILLNESS MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

Flu.

O.J. Mayo, SG Shot Chart DNP ILLNESS MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

Flu.

Gary Neal, SG Shot Chart DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

Flu. (As if he would have played anyway.)

Larry Drew

Out of options.

Three Things We Saw

  1. Dunks … by the Clippers. I believe the finally tally was seven, which wasn’t as bad as most expected. It could have been eight though, but Blake Griffin delighted the crowd by whiffing on this one.

  2. Losing to a depleted Hawks team is bad. Losing to a focused Clippers team looking to end a road trip with a statement during a season in which they are out to prove they are a legitimate contender … not as bad. The Bucks shouldn’t get used to losing by 28, but there will be nights like this when they play the best teams.
  3. I appeared on ClipperBlog Live after the game and exchanged jokes and notes with Andrew Han and Seerat Sohi. Go watch! It’s better than this recap.

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10 Comments

  1. Ersan grabbed an offensive rebound, tried a fall-away jumper from 5 or 6 feet with expected results. He had plenty of time to pass it back out. I obviously am still on the “Trade Ersan for anything” bandwagon. Playing Rads and Ersan together in the front-court had expected results as well, hard to put together a formidable frontline when Henson, Rads and Ersan was all you had to choose from. Agree with the ratings if I had to pick the Bucks best player last night I’d be stumped.

    • The time to trade was 3 weeks ago… when the team was still showing some life, and the Bucks players still had a bit of value on the open market. That’s now gone. The players have packed it in for the year, the coach is out of options, and Hammond has blown it yet again by not trading when his assets were worth something. If we get anyone in a trade, it will be a late 2nd rounder, or someone you’ve never heard of.

      • Ridnour, Udoh, Butler have no value anyway. Remember we traded for Ridnour yet also received a 2nd and 1m in cash.

  2. In fairness to John and Khris and others on the Bucks, I wonder if they get the opportunities on offense for as many good shots as they would on more dynamic, or even more adequate, teams. My sense of Khris — and remember it’s his first full season — is that he is gradually developing a nice all-around game, as evidenced by his 2nd quarter Saturday against the Hawks. It also speaks well of him if he is putting forth effort in garbage time, especially when most of the Bucks’ season is garbage time, or close to it.

    It seems like Brandon does better when Luke starts, my theory being that Luke is the closest thing we have to a point guard in terms of presence on the court, and that Brandon might feel more comfortable at shooting guard.

    It seems like the Bucks put guys in positions to fail, such as when we put John on bulkier centers. Another possibility: Even though I’m not that excited about the way things have worked out with Gary and O.J., it might be that they are tempted to create too much on their own when they would be more effective as spot-up shooters, but don’t get many of those opportunities. Also, it seems like Luke is pretty solid this year of us, but is being asked to do too much in terms of responsibilities and minutes.

    Finally, if it’s true that Larry Drew is being puppeteered from the front office as to who to play, then perhaps he’s demoralized, which is affecting the players, which is a total mess in the fundamental operation of the team, at present and until such time as things change.

    These are basically impressions and hunches, and I’m very open to and interested in what others think. Please pardon my length.

  3. What is the under/over in terms of number of days before the Bucks completely clean house in the front office? No one can withstand the utter debacle this year has become.

    As of now …. I would say 7 days after the trade deadline is the current under/over figure. Especially if the team fails to pull a major deal which is all likelyhood it won’t.

    Jim Cleamons with be the new interim coach before February is out.

  4. Herb Kohl needs every penny he can get to potentially build this new arena, he won’t be buying out contracts to clean house..he’s probably still furious about paying Drew Gooden right now

  5. Guys, guys, GUYS! It’s always darkest before the dawn. As Jeremy said last post, this is better than last year, and the year before that, and anyway it’s too cold to be so sad. This is the team, and they are awful. But this is YOUR team, so embrace it. It’s not like flipping Juice Mayo and The Mighty Ers and Neal-ly Frittata plus one or two of those second round picks is going to net ANYTHING that matters right now, so party on, people.

    They screwed up hiring Drew, let’s face it. Should’ve gone with Sampson, and then this would at least make sense. As it stands, none of it makes sense, except that this is what had to happen, like a conflagration scorching a polluted countryside so that life can begin anew. Everyone will be fired, every player that can will be traded, and we’ll be starting over with the kids in time, and this will get better.

    This. Will. Get. Better.

    Take heart in the interim. It has to be this bad. They need picks at the tip-top of round 1 AND the tip-top of round 2. That’s when the healing begins. Until then, just enjoy this catastrophe for what it is. It’s unworthy of despair, and the Bucks are the only team we’ve got.

  6. JJ Redick was guarding Giannis most of the first 2 quarters. From what I remembered of Redick, he was one of the worst defenders on the team. I was hoping to see some plays towards Giannis where he could use his size and length against a smaller, slower Redick. But um, instead the Bucks played without a point guard and the strategy seemed to be having Ilyasova shoot and miss long jumpers.

    Also, I noticed a fair number of Clippers fans at the BC last night. I honestly didn’t know the Clippers were one of those “trendy” teams that Milwaukee area sports fans flocked to.

  7. Q’doba rocks. Much better than Chipotle (IMO). Great topic point to talk about in that Clipper chat Jeremy. I approve (because I know all you really wanted was an approval from some random person you’ve never met commenting on a message board).

    As for the Bucks, yeah, they are depressing. Next year will be interesting after the draft though. I realize there has been little talk on this site about the draft because its half a season away, but it is one of the few bright spots about this crappy play, right? Can you guys do a post/blog/discussion over who you each think the Bucks should draft if they were fortunate enough to land the #1 pick (*knocks on wood*)? It may be too early to be concerned with that aspect of roster management, but I think its a fun topic and can make this season feel a little less doom and gloom after the last few blowouts we have had.

    If not, that’s cool. Just an idea. I’m just looking for anything that can bright my current outlook on the Bucks.