Crowned: Heat 96 — Bucks 77
|Khris Middleton, PF Shot Chart 33 MIN | 2-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 4 PTS | -15
After a season of overusing passive aggressive traps and double-teams, the Bucks’ defensive tactics left Khris Middleton alone to tangle with LeBron James. Middleton did a decent job of it, until James starting to emphasize the low post over stuff on the perimeter. All that work on defense left no legs for offense though.
|Jeff Adrien, PF Shot Chart 34 MIN | 7-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | -1
He elevated like a pogo stick for one nice dunk, scored some baskets in the paint and missed all his jump shots. He’s such a non-factor on the defensive end that the Bucks could get equivalent (or better) production from Drew Gooden.
|Zaza Pachulia, C Shot Chart 25 MIN | 3-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 16 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -14
He had 16 rebounds in 25 minutes, including 6 on the offensive end.
|Ramon Sessions, PG Shot Chart 45 MIN | 6-12 FG | 6-6 FT | 3 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 19 PTS | -13
He is a professional point guard. Like Knight, he had a lot of turnovers, but at least he had a handful of assists. After turning down a lot of good chances to throw Giannis a lob this season, he finally let loose with one and it wasn’t good, so maybe I was wrong to wish for them or maybe he just needs more practice.
|Brandon Knight, PG Shot Chart 42 MIN | 4-11 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 5 TO | 11 PTS | -27
Miami seems to know how to defend Brandon Knight better than everyone else defends him. When he goes to his right, there’s always an extra body waiting for him — usually with arms up waiting to deflect an ill-conceived pass. His 4/11 FG shooting line is made even worse by the fact that it was padded in fourth-quarter meaninglessness.
|Ekpe Udoh, PF Shot Chart 16 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -12
Ekpe is a smart and strong defender. He has been hurt a lot this season, and I suppose those injuries robbed him of a chance to improve upon the weaker aspects of his game (catching the ball, rebounding, scoring in the post). I am irrationally afraid that he is going to go somewhere next season, get healthy, and become an absolute defensive maestro again.
Giannis tried to throw him a behind-the-back pass, which I suppose is the folly of youth.
|John Henson, C Shot Chart 15 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | -19
His footwork is the low post is phenomenal. I want to see him play more that 15 minutes. The Bucks started the fourth quarter down 20 points, and Henson spurred a 6-0 mini-run to get the lead to the point where it looked like the Heat were going to have to bring LeBron back in the game when they clearly had no desire to do so. Then Norris Cole his a lucky running jump shot and the comeback train went in reverse.
Also, see below.
|Giannis Antetokounmpo, SG Shot Chart 22 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | -6
In the second quarter, Giannis caught a short outlet pass on the far free throw line. He quickly amped up to full speed and gently placed in a soft layup — having traveled nearly 80 feet in three dribbles. Did he travel at the end of it? Yes, but it’s fun nonetheless.
Two Things We Saw
- Ekpe Udoh took the brunt of LeBron’s dunk at the end of the first quarter (see pic above), but it was John Henson who should be chided. His positioning on the pick-and-roll play wasn’t just bad, it was wrong. Chris Andersen is setting a pick to Middleton’s right, and Henson has set up to give him help on the left. After one dribble to the pick side, LeBron had all the space he could ever want.
- His phone was probably lit up with texts and messages after the game, but Ekpe came to grips with getting dunked on as a well-adjusted person would.
Sheeesh…. It happens. Have a great night!!!!!
— Ekpe Udoh (@EkpeUdoh) April 3, 2014