This was worse than the score suggests: Kings 124 – Bucks 107
|Ersan Ilyasova, PF Shot Chart 24 MIN | 4-7 FG | 6-6 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | -11
People always get on me for giving out what is perceived as a bad grade even though I have been JUSTIFIED every time. This game, especially, I feel like there is no ground for anyone to complain about any F grade I hand out. Don’t let the final score fool you. This game was a beatdown from tip-off – at some points, the Bucks were down by nearly 40 points. The starters are to blame. They came out flat and the Bucks quickly fell to a 39 point first quarter from the Kings.
|Khris Middleton, PF Shot Chart 24 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | -30
The Kings weren’t running anything particularly complicated. No one is confusing them for the Spurs offense. They got some switches for some really good mismatches like Demarcus Cousins versus Middleton or Ilyasova versus Rudy Gay. But for the most part, they were just killing the Bucks one-on-one.
|John Henson, C Shot Chart 24 MIN | 3-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | +11
In a game in which the Bucks were struggling with size and foul trouble, Henson could have played 30 minutes.
|O.J. Mayo, SG Shot Chart 28 MIN | 9-14 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 21 PTS | -1
I’ve made my share of OJ Mayo jokes this season, so it would be wrong of me to not mention that Mayo had a fine game. It was a solid, complete offensive game. This was pretty much what the Bucks were expecting when they signed him.
I think the best argument against tanking is that a potential future all-star is going to start with Larry Drew as his head coach.
Four Things We Saw
- There was a stretch in the third quarter where the Bucks had given up and just started throwing lobs for no particular reason and without very much success. Needless to say, I loved it. This is pretty much how I play video game basketball.
- DeMarcus Cousins is the man. I wish the Bucks had stayed at least partially competitive so he could have gone for 50.
- A quote from Rudy Gay upon seeing a heavier Mayo:”Was I surprised to see it? Little bit. I haven’t seen him, but we talked a little bit. He said he was hurt, and I guess when you’re hurt in Wisconsin, you eat.”1. This is the truest thing anyone has said about Wisconsin residents. Although, most Wisconsinites don’t need an injury to justify their eating habits. 2. This quote made me laugh and laugh and laugh until I died and my spirit floated to the heavens where I kept laughing at such length and volume that I was sent back to share my joy with the world.
- I have to put my thoughts on Chris Wright here because he played SO WELL that the HTML breaks just trying to talk about him. Wright was a true bright spot for the Bucks. He came out with fire and purpose which is something that can’t be honestly be said of most of the Bucks roster. He was flying through the air from the moment he stepped on the court – blocking shots and dunking. This is all we really want from Wright.