Glorious victory: Bucks 114 – Jazz 88

(Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)
(Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)
Utah Jazz 88 Final
Recap | Box Score
114 Milwaukee Bucks
Ersan Ilyasova, PF Shot Chart 30 MIN | 13-14 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 31 PTS | +31

SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS. Ilyasova was on fire all night. He made shot after shot. He finished near the hoop. He bullied the likes of Jeremy Evans around the basket. He popped after picks and put in threes. He even hit a step back jumper off the dribble. This whole game was like a best of Ilyasova tape (tape? tape!?) Youtube video on repeat.

Khris Middleton, PF Shot Chart 21 MIN | 4-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 9 PTS | +19

I like how he doesn’t really force things when other guys are playing well. The game was running smooth and he kept the ball moving and made some shots within the context of what was happening. I get on him about not forcing the action when the team is without Knight or other creators, but when other guys are going good, he’s a great complementary player to that.

Zaza Pachulia, C Shot Chart 26 MIN | 3-4 FG | 8-8 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | +26

Good to see Zaza made more than one shot for the first time in a little while. He was a very effective passer all night, especially when he caught the ball in the high post. He matched up well with Derrick Favors early on, but no one on the Bucks had much success against Enes Kanter.

Nate Wolters, PG Shot Chart 22 MIN | 4-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | +27

Two threes in one game! After a mini-funk that almost seemed to coincide with Ramon Sessions miniature rise to prominence as a backup point guard, Wolters looked better. He seemed especially active as a rebounder, where he jumped up right around the hoop and wrestled the ball away from some big guys. He’s fearless, this guy.

Brandon Knight, PG Shot Chart 26 MIN | 4-7 FG | 2-3 FT | 1 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | +26

Another night in which Knight didn’t have to do too much, another night where he was just fine handling that. Sessions is helping everyone, but he’s probably helping Knight more than anyone else. Finally, the Bucks have someone to help this guy.

Jeff Adrien, PF Shot Chart 20 MIN | 3-8 FG | 2-4 FT | 11 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -1

What more can be said thus far? Every rebound is his, unless he decides someone else is allowed to have it. Sometimes it seems like he can be a bit TOO focused on rebounding. I saw a player drive to the hoop (can’t remember who) past Ramon Sessions and Adrien was in decent position to contest the shot. He didn’t. Instead, he opted to try and grab the rebound on the miss, because he was in position. There has to be a balance. He had a few defensive struggles as well, especially when guarding the larger Enes Kanter. His size can certainly be a limitation.

John Henson, C Shot Chart 16 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -1

He just hasn’t looked great lately.

Miroslav Raduljica, C Shot Chart 4 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 0 PTS | -3

This was only his third game since the All-Star break and he doesn’t look great right now. He picked up a quick offensive foul and followed that with a travel. When he finally got a shot off, Rudy Gobert authoritatively sent it in the other direction.

Ramon Sessions, PG Shot Chart 24 MIN | 4-7 FG | 6-6 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | 0

As a Bucks player this season, he’s attempting .861 free throws for every field goal he’s attempting. THIS IS INCREDIBLE. He’s been great at getting into the paint, past defenders, then making the decision to either pass, shoot or draw a foul.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, SG Shot Chart 27 MIN | 3-9 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +7

Very fun.

Two Things We Saw

  1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was around and everyone was excited about it. He’s a great story teller and a very enthusiastic performer. He has more facial expressions than anyone I’ve seen in basketball since I’ve started doing this and he uses his hands to emphasize points as well. He does some old guy stuff, meaning he probably over emphasizes how great things were before the kids today with their computers and tennis shoes ruined everything, but it was fun to hear him talk.
  2. Milwaukee could win a second game in a row on Wednesday at home against the Sacramento Kings. Hopefully the city’s riot police are prepared.

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    Only going to happen maybe six or seven more times this year, but it always feels so nice (and they’ll still struggle to break 20 wins, anyway which keeps them on-pace for top three or four lottery position).

    And, don’t look now, but the last game of the year, at home against Atlanta, has been added to ESPN! Second-to-last game of the year was added to NBA TV, as well.

    National. Television. LOOK OUT, AMERICA!