A team in Wisconsin other than the Badgers played and was much less successful on Saturday: Heat 88 – Bucks 67
|Khris Middleton, PF 39 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -16
Virtually no one on the Bucks made an impact on this game, but per the transitive property (I think, I’m bad at math stuffs), Middleton did well. Lebron didn’t do much and Middleton largely guarded Lebron, so that means Middleton did well, right? I don’t know.
|Zaza Pachulia, C 18 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | -9He alternates between being a great passer and a guy who tries to lob the ball to another big, only to watch it float straight out of bounds, as he did on Saturday night. Another day in ZaZa Land.|
|Ramon Sessions, PG 41 MIN | 5-15 FG | 4-5 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 15 PTS | -19
So many minutes. Such is the life of a team with 10 active players and three active guards, I guess. Sessions is fun to watch, if nothing else. I’m reaching for things to write about after a game that didn’t have much worth writing about.
|Brandon Knight, PG 39 MIN | 6-18 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | -19
He only made one of his first eight shots. That was not very good. After that, he made five of his next 10. That was better. Without him making shots, the Bucks had no chance early, which was reflected in the team’s 12 point first quarter total. The game wasn’t over then, but it may as well have been. He kept attacking and trying to do stuff all game long, which, at the very, very least, reflects well on his ability to give a shit.
|Ekpe Udoh, PF 22 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -8
Most memorable moment: With the shotclock running down, the ball fell into his hands on the perimeter and he launched a long two, which was pretty much a direct line drive at the hoop, which absolutely airballed in a moderately comical and Bucks way. Other than that, he didn’t make much of an impact.
|John Henson, C 30 MIN | 6-11 FG | 0-2 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | -14
Stats! Henson collected a fair share of rebounds and scored some points around the hoop with a few putbacks and such. Good times for him. Nothing about his game stood out as especially interesting though. That was tonight’s theme.
|Miroslav Raduljica, C 3 MIN | 0-0 FG | 1-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 1 PTS | 0
|D.J. Stephens, SG 12 MIN | 2-5 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | -3
He doesn’t especially look like a guy who knows what he’s really doing as a basketball player, but sometimes he gets an opportunity to jump up and do something and it looks very impressive. If he could have more moments like that, he might even earn a picture in these recaps some day.
|Giannis Antetokounmpo, SG 22 MIN | 0-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 1 PTS | -12
He wasn’t going to play. Then he was. Then he did. He battled through an ankle injury and didn’t appear to look too bad, but he didn’t have much of a game. Points to him for playing, as ineffective as he may have been.
What’s he going to do?
Three Things We Saw
- Everyone on the Bucks was meh. Most of the Heat were kind of indifferent too. They did what they needed to do to win handily and not a bit more. To be fair, this wasn’t really THE HEAT, either. James Jones, Rashard Lewis, Toney Douglas, all these guys played over 20 minutes. Yikes. The Heat “fans” at this game probably had no idea who was playing.
- Vast majority of media watched the end of the Badgers game in the media room as Larry Drew stepped up to his post game press conference. The general feeling seemed to be, “What’s he going to say that we don’t already know he’s going to say?” It made me chuckle.
- Nine more.