Something in reserve: Pacers 104 – Bucks 102
|Jeff Adrien, PF 37 MIN | 6-14 FG | 1-2 FT | 17 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 13 PTS | +5
Time and again Adrien snatched up offensive rebounds. Time and again, he failed to turn them into points. That’s how one ends up with six offensive rebounds and a sub-50% field goal percentage. He finished two of his five offensive rebound chances. But he hit the defensive glass as well and was, as always, quite physical.
|Khris Middleton, PF 36 MIN | 6-14 FG | 3-3 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 16 PTS | +2
This was one of his finer games that I’ve seen of late. He had a nice backdoor cut that he finished with a dunk. There was a fast break where he spaced himself exceptionally well and caught a Giannis pass for a clean 3-point look (though he missed). He recognized his mismatch late in the game and got Ian Mahinmi up in the air, leading to a foul and three free throws to tie the game. From a “smarts” standpoint, Middleton was complete. He was subbed out in an offense/defense situation with Chris Wright thanks to his five fouls, if anyone was wondering why Wright was guarding Evan Turner late.
|Zaza Pachulia, C 33 MIN | 6-10 FG | 3-4 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | +10
Combined with Adrien to give Milwaukee a strong presence inside, though neither of them did a very good job sticking with stretch four Chris Copeland, who got loose for 18 points in 17 minutes.
|Ramon Sessions, PG 38 MIN | 6-15 FG | 6-7 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | +1
Sessions just keeps making threes. He’s made 18-46 (39.1%) of his 3FG with the Bucks. He just a 31.1% career 3-point shooter, so this is a pretty nice extended run for him. We could theorize as to what’s helped him out, but it could just be a prolonged hot stretch, which wouldn’t be completely out of the ordinary for him. It’s certainly helped make him a fairly dangerous offensive player though.
|Brandon Knight, PG 39 MIN | 8-21 FG | 8-12 FT | 4 REB | 10 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 25 PTS | -3
Another above average game for Knight, though this one could have really been something had he been able to stick a few more threes. He’s dealing with a legit slump from three actually: He made just 29% in March and has made just 5-of-24 in April.
|Chris Wright, SF 15 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | -6
He caught a nice alley-oop and finished it, as he is wont to do, but provided little else. He subbed in late in the game for Middleton thanks to the forward’s aforementioned foul trouble and struggled to stick with a quicker Evan Turner. Wright doesn’t seem to have the lateral ability to be much of a lockdown perimeter defender, despite his leaping ability.
|John Henson, C 20 MIN | 3-5 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | -9
Coming off a very strong game, Henson struggled for minutes yet again. I asked Larry Drew about this in his postgame presser and will have more on the matter in the next day or so. Basically, Drew wants to see Henson be more physical on the defensive end, the way Adrien and Pachulia often are. PUT SOMEONE DOWN, JOHN.
|Giannis Antetokounmpo, SG 21 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | -10
Wasn’t real noticeable. It’s a long season and that doesn’t seem to be playing into his hands.
|Larry Sanders, C DNP SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |
Started serving his suspension. For more, check out this piece from Tom Ziller clarifying his suspension situation.
Three Things We Saw
- Milwaukee did a fair job of executing down the stretch on offense, but were fortunate to be in the game, thanks to Indiana missing three free throws in the last 20 seconds. Defensively, the Bucks broke down time and again, allowing offensive rebounds and clean looks in the paint and at the rim. Same old, same old.
- Yes, the Pacers beat the Bucks without playing any of their starters. But to be fair, Milwaukee’s a mishmash of reserves, a 10-day guy, a rookie and a couple of impending free agents. Let’s not act like this is the lineup the Bucks totally want to be putting out there every day.
- Four more.