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Offensive execution: Bucks 119 – Cavs 116

| April 12, 2014

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Henson tries for the big dunk. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Henson tries for the big dunk. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Cleveland Cavaliers 116 Final
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119 Milwaukee Bucks
Jeff Adrien, PF 27 MIN | 3-10 FG | 3-6 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -6

Did some rebounding, missed some rotations, laid out a couple guys with fouls and shot too many jump shots. Yeah, he can make them sometimes, but four to five jumpers isn’t a good look for him. All of the Bucks bigs were horrible at getting back in transition in the first half and getting back after made baskets too.

Khris Middleton, PF 31 MIN | 7-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 17 PTS | +5

He’s been moving so well off the ball the past two games, but not only that, he’s letting guys know vocally that they need to get him the ball. Middleton seems like a much more confident player in April of 2014 than he was in November of 2013 to me, just in his interactions with teammates.

Zaza Pachulia, C 30 MIN | 6-13 FG | 4-5 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | +7

I think Zaza’s workload this season has been a bit much for him. He’s occasionally putting together nice games like this, but he’s definitely overextended at 30 minutes on most nights. (WHY DOESN’T JOHN HENSON PLAY MORE THEN WHAT THE HELL!?! I know, he probably should. But I don’t control the rotation.) It will be interesting to see him return to a backup role next season. He’ll have a fraction of these numbers, but I’m sure he’ll be more effective per minute on a nightly basis. All of the Bucks bigs were horrible at getting back in transition in the first half and getting back after made baskets too.

Ramon Sessions, PG 43 MIN | 6-12 FG | 8-9 FT | 3 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 20 PTS | -10

Drew called Sessions and Knight the “head of the snake” after the game. They make it happen and late in games, the Bucks can feel great about the two of them handling the ball with the lead. Both can get to the basket and finish and both can make free throws.

Brandon Knight, PG 38 MIN | 8-17 FG | 5-6 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 24 PTS | +15

Good to see him hit a few threes after his recent struggles. Knight was attacking the basket as usual and outplayed Kyrie Irving, which was fun to see. He tossed a sweet lob up to Chris Wright and showed some great awareness of when to push and when to pull back offensively too.

Chris Wright, SF 17 MIN | 7-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | -2

His energy gave Milwaukee a big lift in the first quarter. He caught two lobs, had three dunks and tacked on a layup for good measure. His athleticism is evident, but he looked even better Friday, adding in a couple of drives to the basket too.

Miroslav Raduljica, C 5 MIN | 0-0 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 1 PTS | +1

All of the Bucks bigs were horrible at getting back in transition in the first half and getting back after made baskets too.

John Henson, C 30 MIN | 7-9 FG | 1-4 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | 0

He came in and immediately scored on three straight postups, with three different moves. What a pleasure to watch that was. He continues to succeed as an offensive player. But, based on Drew’s comments after last game, I made a specific effort to watch him on the defensive end. He boxed out on two occasions in this game. Sometimes he wasn’t in position (for reasons good and bad) and sometimes he lost track of who was where around the hoop. There’s definitely work to be done here. But he is not without hope. Remember, Larry Sanders made his big leap in season three and Henson is SO FAR ahead of Sanders in season two. All of the Bucks bigs were horrible at getting back in transition in the first half and getting back after made baskets too.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, SG 20 MIN | 0-3 FG | 3-6 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +5

Aside from a sweet chase down block, Giannis continued to look like a guy who just needs this season to wrap up so he can take some time off and get back to work on individual skills.

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Jeremy Schmidt writes the Milwaukee Bucks blog Bucksketball. He founded it in January of 2009 because he hated his job. It’s like basketball, but with Bucks instead of basket. I know ... I’m sorry. He might come off as a bit negative, but I'm really not so bad. He just wants the Bucks to succeed, so he points out areas where they are coming up short. Someone has got to do it and he's ornery and opinionated enough to take on that task. He isn't sure if this should be in third person or not. Contact him at Jeremy@Bucksketball.com if you must use e-mail.

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  1. Gloria E. says:

    I am offended by this article’s failure to mention me. LeBron played in Cleveland, now he lives in Miami, and I live in Miami. Therefore, I should be the central focus of this article.

    ps – I hate Bucksketball.

  2. CanadaBucks says:

    This is very true, been noticing that as well.

    “he’s letting guys know vocally that they need to get him the ball. Middleton seems like a much more confident player in April of 2014 than he was in November of 2013 to me, just in his interactions with teammates.”

  3. Sfisch says:

    I thought Khris might get a higher grade and more recognition for hitting two clutch baskets in crunch time — but, hey, I’m not the kind of guys to quibble about that kind of thing.

    If none of our bigs are distinguishing themselves at getting back on defense, I’d just as soon see Miroslav get 20 minutes or more for the remaining games. It must be really depressing to sit on the bench so much for a team as poor as the Bucks.

    In all of my efforts, however misguided they may be, to stand up for Khris and John, I perhaps have not given enough appreciation to Brandon — although I have said nice things about him over the season and called him a potential star.
    Anyway, Brandon seems like a really good guy for talent and attitude. If we get a star in the draft and/or Giannis develops into a star, Brandon could be right up there with them as another star to lift the Bucks into prominence, perhaps the best of all.

  4. Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr. says:

    So funny that we are still breaking down the play of the Bucks with a critical eye. Look at the roster above. Hilarious. I guess it’s comical that it was happening at all this season. This tank has a rotating turret, secondary machine guns, heavy armor, all-terrain mobility, and with Milwaukee’s luck it will get the third pick in the draft. Larry Sanders doesn’t give a sh?t and either does most of “the faithful”, but next season, when we have _________ ____________ (any of the highly-touted-yet-probably-underdeveloped draft picks) people in green and red will be happy and hopeful again for 155 days. Bitter? I guess.