Staying competitive, at least: Clippers 106 – Bucks 98

Playtime on the rims. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Playtime on the rims. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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.

Larry Drew

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 11 more games.

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  1. Bucks Fan In LA

    Was at game last night. What did you think of the unimpeded foul call against Giannis? Refs looked at it a long time and got it wrong. It was a crap hometown call (and there were a lot of those last night). Should have been a foul but not unimpeded call — by the ref’s logic, a lot of Giannis’ blocks are on players that are unimpeded to the basket.

    • Yeah, it was pretty silly. I always think that if you need to review a foul to determine if it was clear path, then it’s not clear path.

  2. I can’t take these grades seriously. Not when you give Giannis an A+.
    Entertaining, sure, but not as a true evaluation of performance.

    • If it’s that egregious to the sanctity of recap grades, then I can assure you that Giannis’ is the only one impacted by my excitement about him. The rest are true evaluations of performance in the game with no other modifying influence. I promise.

  3. It’s a little startling to say that I’m actually starting to miss Jon McGlocklin. Moncrief is alright, but he’s starting to become the annoying, biased commentator, like when he was calling for a flagrant on Matt Barnes when he fouled Giannis on the fast break.

    Anyways, fun game to watch. Age aside, I really do think Sessions should be re-signed if we can bring him back on a fair deal. He works well with both Wolters and Knight from what I’ve seen.

    Oh, and that block/dunk play from Giannis was beautiful.

    • I agree, Moncrief is really painful to listen to, he doesnt seem to offer much of anything to a broadcast. I wish Jonny Mac did all the games, I want to hear more about the pop up zone and the land of the giants!

  4. Actually that was not Session’s career high in points. I believe it was his season high. His career high was when he was on the Bucks the first time on February 7,2009 against the Pistons when he scored 44 points.

    • Thanks for the correction on that. I was writing this late last night and must have heard it wrong. My bad.

    • Anyone who looks at Sessions career highs is going to think he was one of the best. 44 points and 24 assists? Sheesh.