Staying competitive, at least: Clippers 106 – Bucks 98
|Milwaukee Bucks||98||Recap | Box Score||106||Los Angeles Clippers|
|Khris Middleton, PF Shot Chart 20 MIN | 2-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -6
I watched the entire game and I’m not sure I can identify one thing that he did. Absolutely invisible.
|Jeff Adrien, PF Shot Chart 32 MIN | 4-11 FG | 6-6 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | -14
Came out pretty hot in the first half, then dropped off after a while. Being a 6’7” power forward makes it pretty tough to finish around the rim and he really struggled in that area with Blake Griffin guarding him.
|Zaza Pachulia, C Shot Chart 35 MIN | 7-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 8 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | -6
Things we know about him: he’s a good passer. He’s not great at finishing around the rim. I’m not sure if he can physically jump any more. First Buck that came weirdly close to a triple double.
|Ramon Sessions, PG Shot Chart 44 MIN | 13-21 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 28 PTS | +4
The one good starter in the game, Sessions set a season high in points. Second Buck that got kind of close to a triple double.
|Brandon Knight, PG Shot Chart 35 MIN | 3-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 9 PTS | -14
Made it two bad games in a row while committing over half of the Bucks’ 10 turnovers. Unlike some former Bucks point guards, is aware enough to (somewhat) limit his shot attempts when he’s not shooting well.
|Ekpe Udoh, PF Shot Chart 10 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +4
Measurable stats! A few, anyways.
|John Henson, C Shot Chart 19 MIN | 4-5 FG | 2-5 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | 0
His role as the backup center limits his playing time, but when he and Zaza play together the Bucks’ spacing is nonexistent. Just a no-win situation for the team right now. His offseason work will be key for both his development and determining what his role is with the team going forward.
|Giannis Antetokounmpo, SG Shot Chart 28 MIN | 4-4 FG | 1-3 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -2
We all need something to feel good about. Like Giannis blocks. Or Giannis blocks followed by Giannis dunks. But mostly lots of Giannis.
|O.J. Mayo, SG Shot Chart 17 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -6
Still not given much of a role, but he’s playing competent basketball when he is given the time. Looked like he either rolled an ankle or pulled something later in the game and did not return.
Weird lineup decisions aside, Drew has been coaxing competent performances out of this team as of late, which is borderline miraculous when you consider where they were before the trade deadline.
Three Things We Saw
- Blake Griffin was his usual unstoppable self with 27 points, 14 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 blocks. He pretty much demolished anyone sent out there to guard him.
- Despite the appearance of a close game, the Bucks never led and never felt like they were in a position to really challenge for the lead. Several times I watched an ill-advised shot attempt or a dramatic Clippers fast break and marveled that the Bucks were only down by five or seven points.
- 11 more games.