March Bucksness: Trail Blazers 120 – Bucks 115
|Ersan Ilyasova, PF Shot Chart 23 MIN | 6-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +2
Removed from this season’s context, this game was really enjoyable to watch. It was close all the way through. There were multiple lead changes. The game had a good flow. The Bucks didn’t win, but the ending was good. This is the only way to enjoy any Bucks games this season – removed from context. Because once you actually start thinking about this team’s situation, finding a reason to care about their games becomes a suffocating burden. So enjoy the good games as they come along because they have been few and far between this season. Kind of like good Ilyasova games.
|Khris Middleton, PF Shot Chart 40 MIN | 7-17 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 18 PTS | +5
After a miserable first half, Middleton followed it up with a hot second half. Then he caught fire in overtime to keep the Bucks close. But even with his overtime contributions, the Bucks couldn’t keep up.
|Zaza Pachulia, C Shot Chart 37 MIN | 7-14 FG | 3-3 FT | 13 REB | 3 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 17 PTS | +4
Solid. His best performance since his hot start to the season. Pachulia keeping up with Robin Lopez was a bigger factor in keeping this game close than the offensive production from the guards.
|Brandon Knight, PG Shot Chart 37 MIN | 8-20 FG | 5-7 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 24 PTS | -2
I don’t get to see the Blazers very often because of time zone differences. But I do have a friend that lives there that has yelled at me about how good they are. I am not as bullish on their playoff chances. Knight and Ramon Sessions put up a lot of points against the Blazers, but with how easily they got into the paint, I’m sure most adequate guards could have put up 20 on the Blazers last night.
|Ramon Sessions, PG Shot Chart 35 MIN | 8-16 FG | 6-9 FT | 5 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 23 PTS | -13
Sessions had it all in the fourth quarter. Except for two of his last four free throws that would have forced Portland to go for more than a layup in the final seconds of the game.
|O.J. Mayo, SG Shot Chart DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |
Not to beat a dead horse, because OJ Mayo certainly couldn’t. Haha, BOOM. Bucksketball, we got mean-spirited jokes!
The Bucks were close, but I will never be a fan of random-game-where-Henson-plays-less-than-20-minutes. Boo this man.
Three Things We Saw
- Important question:
A player who falls on his duff in NBA games more than Zaza Pachulia is _____ ?
— K L Chouinard (@AnaheimAmigos) March 19, 2014
- Giannis didn’t do much of anything tonight, except for this:
- Middleton’s hot streak comes with the caveat that he got swatted the hell out of the building by Thomas Robinson. After that, he never really went near the bucket again. Be brave, young man!