(AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)
(AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)
Milwaukee Bucks 90 Recap | Box Score 102 Chicago Bulls
Khris Middleton, PF 33 MIN | 2-4 FG | 6-6 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 10 PTS | -15He got called for the world’s crappiest technical foul ever: D.J. Augustin didn’t like Brandon Knight trying to tie him up for a jump ball. While getting off the ground after the whistle, Augustin threw a shoulder into Knight’s legs. Middleton came over to split it up and put his hand up when Augustin tried to push him away. Somehow the refs reviewed this play in slow motion on monitors and decided it merited a tech on Khris. Other than that, it was easy to forget Middleton was in this game.

Jeff Adrien, PF 37 MIN | 9-12 FG | 3-6 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 3 TO | 21 PTS | -8

Made 2 of 3 shots from outside and 7 of 9 shots in the paint. Those are good numbers and good ratios that pushed Adrien to a new career-high in points. In the second half, he was outplaying Carlos Boozer by playing exactly the way that Boozer plays: bumping around, grabbing rebounds, making bodies bounce off him.

Zaza Pachulia, C 40 MIN | 5-10 FG | 3-4 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | +1

He left the game to get a few stitches over his right eye, then later returned. He completely negated Joakim Noah — a top-5 MVP candidate this season — except for letting Noah nab 6 offensive rebounds. Noah shot 2-for-14 from the field and had more turnovers (5) than assists (4).

Ramon Sessions, PG 40 MIN | 4-13 FG | 6-8 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | -10

He and Brandon Knight combined for 1 of the Bucks’ 6 assists in the first half. The ball wasn’t moving particularly well and the offense had no rhythm whatsoever. He didn’t make shots either, but he did get his customary 8 trips to the free throw line.

Brandon Knight, PG 38 MIN | 8-17 FG | 4-5 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 22 PTS | -9

Like Sessions, he killed the offensive flow in the first half. But he’s a grinder and he fought to make it close in the second half. On one play, he coughed up a turnover to Mike Dunleavy, but scrapped back to erase Dunleavy’s layup — while drawing a foul moments later. He drew a technical foul in the fourth and fouled out soon after — the refs were shaky in this one, and particularly so with respect to Knight: He blocked a Dunleavy shot from the side and a ref in exactly the wrong spot to see the play whistled him for it.

John Henson, C 19 MIN | 2-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 6 PTS | -17

He never looks bad in the stat sheet (except with respect to the plus/minus stat; he was minus-17 in this one), but it’s the little things: making contact when he sets a screen, switching out on a jump shooter when his man sets a pick, hustling back on defense in transition. He can do more. He did make both of his free throws.

Screen shot 2014-04-05 at 10.17.28 AM D.J. Stephens, SG 0 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | 0

He got in for just 22 seconds of garbage time on a night when the Bucks were woefully short of bodies. After the game, he tweeted on the last day of his 10-day contract like a player who was leaving, “Grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of the Bucks organization… Met some great dudes. Just the beginning of a long journey”.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, SG 33 MIN | 1-6 FG | 2-4 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 3 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 4 PTS | -2

Giannis has gotten back to going at the rim. All but one of his shots was taken in the restricted area. When he finds the touch, he’ll be back to getting A’s. The Bucks were best when he was on the floor; he’s doing the little things that will eventually make him a 5×5 threat on a regular basis. On one play, he went HIGH to pluck what should have been an easy crosscourt pass by the Bulls out of the air.

larry Larry Sanders, Marijuana Advocate

Sanders picked the worst possible time to become the NBA’s most vocal defender of marijuana. As he told Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:“It’s something I feel strongly about, just to let you know something personal about me. I will deal with the consequences from it. It’s a banned substance in my league. But I believe in marijuana and the medical side of it.“I know what it is if I’m going to use it. I study it and I know the benefits it has. In a lot of ways we’ve been deprived. You can’t really label it with so many other drugs that people can be addicted to and have so many negative effects on your body and your family and your relationships and impairment. This is not the same thing.”

“Yeah I could [overcome that],” he said. “The recipe doesn’t change. It’s just more motivation to work harder. It’s something negative to deal with. But the recipe doesn’t change for me. I’m just as excited for the summer.”

“The stigma is that it’s illegal. I hate that,” Sanders said. “Once this becomes legal, this all will go away.”

“The great thing about that idea is that, then you could get prescribed for it and see a doctor and they could tell you,” he said. “You don’t have to self-medicate, you don’t have to over-medicate ourselves. Y’know, because we don’t know now. We can’t diagnose ourselves.

“Once it becomes legal … you sit down with a doctor and [he says], ‘You may need this three times a day. This dosage here.’ And you don’t over-medicate. It [addresses] those needs medically that you need. It’s natural.”

You could argue whether Sanders is right in his defense of the legalization of marijuana. What cannot be argued is that Sanders has the shittiest sense of timing and the tiniest sense of self-responsibility ever.

Also: where is his representation? Who is telling him when and what to say? Dan Fegan, where are you?

Larry Drew

After the game, Drew said, “I think the most important thing is that (Sanders) learns from his mistakes,” Drew said. “Hopefully, he can put them behind him, get on the right track and stay on the right track.”

He also said, “We’re all disappointed at the news. It’s unfortunate, but the organization has issued a statement and I would rather not comment on it.”

Three Things We Saw

  1. At one point, Nazr Mohammed caught a pass on the baseline, turned, and forced up a 15-foot fallaway that arced high and fell through the twine. So perhaps it wasn’t going to be the Bucks’ night. In another sense, though, it was: the 76ers lost giving the Bucks a three-game lead in the ping pong ball race.
  2. Gery Woefel tweeted that the Bucks are interested in Erik Murphy, who was cut by the Bulls this week. If Ekpe Udoh and Miroslav Raduljica are hurt for any significant time, the Bucks could use a fourth big man.
  3. Sure he went to VCU, but no one needs a Badgers win more than Larry Sanders. He needs to be saved from himself. On second thought, that is way too big a task for the Badgers.