|Khris Middleton, PF 15 MIN | 1-8 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | -28
Middleton did a solid job helping to hold DeMar DeRozan to a season-low seven points (1-8 FG), but he missed seven shots in 15 minutes, having arguably the worst offensive night in a game that featured A LOT of poor shooting performances. After shooting over 40% from downtown last season, Middleton sits at 29 percent through 13 games.
|Jabari Parker, SF 27 MIN | 5-12 FG | 4-6 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | -31
Coming off of a career-best 23 points against the Nets, Parker was one of few – very few – bright spots. He co-led the Bucks in minutes and was consistently aggressive on offense, repeatedly getting into the paint and finishing or drawing a foul. Defensively, he was a bit hesitant in pick-and-roll situations. On one third quarter possession, in particular, he didn’t help up on a Greivis Vasquez drive, and Vasquez scored easily on a runner. But that awareness will come. A 5-of-12 shooting performance certainly leaves something to be desired, but Parker’s night was among the least-bad, and he showed an ability to use his body to clear space along the baseline on multiple occasions.
|Larry Sanders, C 21 MIN | 3-3 FG | 2-4 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -28
Sanders wasn’t bad, but he wasn’t good. Jonas Valanciunas finished with 12 rebounds, but a lot of his damage came against Zaza Pachulia. Larry finished all three of his attempts around the basket, which is a bonus, but he’s now block-less in his last three games and hasn’t seen more than 25 minutes in the month of November.
|Jerryd Bayless, PG 9 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -18
Starting in place of Giannis, Bayless played the first six minutes of the game and did not see the floor in the second half with the game well out of hand. After a really solid night against the Nets, he followed up with a dud, making almost no impact on either end of the floor. His one turnover, a careless, cross-court pass, led to a fast break opportunity in the midst of a Toronto run that broke the game open.
|Brandon Knight, PG 26 MIN | 4-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | -25
Knight was never able to truly assert himself, but he was one of only three Bucks to make at least half of his shots. Interestingly, Jason Kidd started Knight out on Terrence Ross, while Bayless defended Kyle Lowry. For the most part, Knight was a non-factor.
|Ersan Ilyasova, PF 21 MIN | 5-9 FG | 2-4 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | -10
Ersan quietly turned in a decent performance, scoring 14 points off the bench. He knocked down a pair of threes midway through the first quarter that kept Milwaukee in the game (at the time), and he wasn’t afraid to battle with Valanciunas and Amir Johnson underneath the basket. Defensively, he was, well, Ersan, getting lost a on a few occasions, but it wasn’t for lack of effort. He also threw down a thunderous – I use that term rather liberally – dunk in the fourth quarter that slashed the Toronto lead to just 48.
|John Henson, C 18 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | -11
Henson played the entire fourth quarter and flashed chemistry with Kendall Marshall in the pick-and-roll. Other than that, though, there wasn’t much to see. Considering he was defended by Greg Stiemsma for most of the fourth, a 2-of-5 shooting performance has to be considered a disappointment.
|Zaza Pachulia, C 9 MIN | 1-3 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | -2
The Raptors had 21 second chance points in the first half, due in part to Pachulia’s inability to match Valanciunas’ energy on the glass. He was overmatched as a post defender and committed a careless turnover that led to a fast break and subsequent shooting foul. Still, he had the best plus/minus of any Bucks player (minus-2), so that’s… something?
|Nate Wolters, PG 27 MIN | 1-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -16
Wolters and Kendall Marshall played the entire fourth quarter and combined to shoot 3-of-15 from the field and 1-of-7 from beyond the arc. That’s not very good. I’m still not convinced Wolters deserves a nightly spot in the rotation, and this performance certainly didn’t help his case.
|Kendall Marshall, PG 24 MIN | 2-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | -15
Marshall started the third quarter in place of Bayless after sitting the entire first half. As mentioned with Henson, he and Marshall once again demonstrated that they’re a smooth pick-and-roll tandem, and Marshall flashed his elite passing ability on several possessions. However, his jumper was repulsively flat, and it’s hard to stick in a rotation with only one above-average skill. Defensively, he had a difficult time sticking with Lowry, which is by no means a surprise.
|Giannis Antetokounmpo, SG 15 MIN | 1-4 FG | 5-7 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | -9
Initially doubtful to play, Giannis willed his way onto the court, checking in off the bench midway through the first quarter. He didn’t appear visibly hobbled but was noticeably less aggressive than he was in Wednesday’s stellar performance. The big takeaway is that he got to the free throw line seven times in only 15 minutes. Kidd held him out for the entire second half, probably as a precaution with the game way out of hand.
|O.J. Mayo, SG 9 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -4
Mayo made a few nice passes, including one along the baseline that resulted in an assist, but was a complete non-factor in his nine minutes off the bench. He’s looked rejuvenated this season, so it was somewhat surprising that Kidd didn’t throw him out there in the fourth quarter.
|Jared Dudley, SG 19 MIN | 2-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -8
I jotted down notes throughout the game and have absolutely nothing about Dudley. Like almost everyone on the roster, he was a non-factor. Worth noting: Dudley and Ilyasova were the only two Bucks who did not commit a turnover. So there’s that. Also worth noting: Bayless got the start in place of Giannis, despite Dudley starting the first nine games of the season.
The Bucks came out looking like a team that completely exhausted itself in Wednesday’s triple-overtime thriller. Part of the blame has to fall on Kidd, but most of the credit goes to Toronto, which shot 52% from the floor and hit 15 three-pointers. As poorly as Milwaukee played, Kidd didn’t make any glaringly poor decisions that had much of an effect on the final outcome.
The Raptors came out hot, shot it well from all over the floor, and continued to shoot it well throughout the night.His use of Sanders/Pachulia continues to be confusing, as was the decision to start Marshall in the second half. Sure, given the situation, it didn’t *really* matter, but we’re yet to really see consistent rotations on a game-to-game basis. And for what it’s worth, holding Giannis, who probably would have played if it was up to him, out in the second half was the right decision.
Five Things We Saw
- The Bucks had 12 team turnovers by 11 different players. Brandon Knight was the only player to commit more than one. I don’t know why I find that so interesting.
- The biggest takeaway from this game is that the fans in Toronto really, really like Bruno Caboclo. In his first action of the season, the 2014 first-round pick was serenaded with “BRUNO!” chants for the better part of his 12 minutes.
- Eighty-six of Toronto’s 114 points came from outside the paint. Even with the score out of hand, the Raptors relied heavily on outside shooting. That’s somewhat encouraging, as teams simply aren’t going to convert at such an efficient clip night in and night out. The Bucks finished with 34 points in the paint, well below their season average of 48.6, which ranks third in the league.
- The Bucks were out-rebounded 57-30 overall and 15-8 on the offensive glass. Valanciunas and Johnson controlled the boards when they were in the game, and the Bucks simply didn’t get to a lot of the loose balls/long rebounds that they’ve been able to control recently. Rebounding hasn’t been as much of an issue this season, compared to last, and Friday’s extreme differential can be chalked up, in part, to Milwaukee’s 37% shooting.
- Honestly, I don’t know what this game means. Does it bring down expectations, which, to be fair, were probably getting a little out of control after Wednesday’s game? Absolutely. But, at the same time, I don’t know that a 41-point loss necessarily means this team’s 7-5 start is meaningless. The Raptors made 15 three-pointers and seemed to hit everything around the basket. Much of the onus falls on the Bucks’ defense, but good teams like Toronto, which sits atop the East, by the way, have nights like that. I don’t know what the next month or so will hold, but Saturday’s matchup with Washington will reveal a lot about this team’s ability to bounce back.