Insert a new cold pun, this one about playing poorly: Warriors 101 – Bucks 80
|Ersan Ilyasova, PF Shot Chart 31 MIN | 6-15 FG | 6-8 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 20 PTS | -18
He missed his last 20 3-point attempts heading into Tuesday’s game so for him, it must have felt pretty good to see a few go down. The problems with Ilyasova continued to be the problems with Ilysaova, as he wasn’t great on the glass and he was a part of a front court that had no answer for David Lee. Also he fades away constantly and often puts up horrifically weak shots.
|Larry Sanders, C Shot Chart 30 MIN | 2-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | -11
Failed to adequately defend the rim or earn his paycheck. HAHAHA. Really, he wasn’t much of a rebounder and lost most battles he engaged in with Andrew Bogut. Bogut suckered him into a few jump shots, which was clever by the Aussie. Sanders shouldn’t be shooting jump shots or be asked to create offense. Milwaukee’s pick and roll offense was completely non-existent, which is probably partly on Sanders and partly a credit to Bogut.
|Luke Ridnour, PG Shot Chart 26 MIN | 2-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -25
Steph Curry was a bad matchup for him.
|Brandon Knight, PG Shot Chart 36 MIN | 8-15 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 18 PTS | -7
Knight continues to attack, though it didn’t lead to much for anyone else Tuesday night. He’s been about the only semi-bright spot over the past month and Tuesday was no different.
|Giannis Antetokounmpo, SG Shot Chart 24 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -22
Get the ball and create stuff, Giannis. You’re one of the only hopes this team has right now creatively.
|Khris Middleton, PF Shot Chart 31 MIN | 4-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | -7
He finally saw some minutes again and had stretches where he looked like Milwaukee’s only offensive threat. I’m always unclear if he needs to be more assertive or if more needs to be called to get the ball in his hands while he’s on the court, but given how poor Milwaukee’s offense was on Tuesday, it was certainly a crime that he didn’t get more than seven shots.
Since his main function is off the ball, I think his lack of opportunities speaks to the Bucks not knowing what they want to do on offense and a poor job of keeping the ball moving from strong to weak side.
|Ekpe Udoh, PF Shot Chart 16 MIN | 0-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 1 PTS | -9
At one point, Ekpe grabbed an offensive board, which was encouraging … until he missed the wide open layup that followed it. That was just depressing. Sometimes he was an active rebounder, but almost all the time he was out there, it was tough not to wonder if his time would have been better used on Miroslav Raduljica.
|Caron Butler, SF Shot Chart 17 MIN | 1-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | -3
If he’s standing in his living room and someone tosses him his remote, I wonder if he would immediately throw it towards the TV. Or if someone asks him to take out the garbage, if he pulls it out of the can and tries to throw it outside without opening the door. He loves to shoot quickly or wait a long time and then shoot. Either way, he likes to shoot jump shots, likely because he can’t get to the rim anymore.
|Miroslav Raduljica, C Shot Chart 2 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -1
He made a beautiful hop step move led to two points. Fun.
|O.J. Mayo, SG Shot Chart 25 MIN | 5-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | -1
Word trickled through to me that, yet again, the visiting announcers wondered if Mayo was out of shape. He actually played well enough that I’m surprised this came up. As has been the case all year, Mayo shot the three well and that reflected well in his overall numbers. At this point, he’s almost as reliant on the 3-point shot as Ilyasova.
|Gary Neal, SG Shot Chart DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |
Not only did he not play, but the team is reportedly looking to trade him. Safe to say the organization and Larry Drew have sided with Larry Sanders in the great Sanders v. Neal Dispute of 2014.
Everything is not working. Drew said after the game he met with everyone on the team yesterday to clarify each player’s role. That did little to close the talent gap between these two teams. Milwaukee would have needed a heroic effort from a passion and intensity standpoint to compete with the Warriors for four quarters, but they gave more of a heroine effort.
Three Things We Saw
- Lee and Bogut combined for 30 points and 30 rebounds. It was impressive to watch Lee so easily finish shot after shot inside the paint. He did an especially great job of taking advantage of mismatches. When he felt a Luke Ridnour or Giannis on him, he quickly demanded the ball and attacked without wasting any time or energy.
- The Warriors, even without playing all that well, look so harmonious on offense for long stretches. Curry and Thompson combined to make just 11-36 FGs and Golden State still won by 21 points. If those two were hitting, this would have been a massacre, possibly as much of one as I predicted.
- It’s -2 degrees outside right now. Something about the Bucks being colder would go here if it weren’t too cold for me to want to come up with something.