|Ersan Ilyasova, PF 13 MIN | 3-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -1
Played decent defense in the first half, but not much else. In the second half, he made the first Bucks jumpers in what seemed like forever (because they only made one in the first half), but then he missed a bunch more and he didn’t stick around for long after that.
|Jabari Parker, SF 27 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 6 PTS | -10
Made a couple of All-Star caliber moves in the paint, but missed all of his jump shots. The Bucks defense is pretty tight at this point, but Parker is one of its loosest cogs. Tobias Harris largely enjoyed his presence.
|Larry Sanders, C 16 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +3
Superior play in the first quarter: made a couple of buckets, threw a surprise screen on Elfrid Payton that opened up a layup for Knight, and terrific rim-protection. Foul trouble limited his minutes. He has getting a bunch of steals lately, but in the process, he is also picking up needless “below the shoulder” fouls. The Bucks needed him too much for him to only play 16 minutes.
|Brandon Knight, PG 34 MIN | 9-17 FG | 4-5 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 24 PTS | -11
Did a lot of damage in the paint early, racking up 14 points, 3 assists and 3 rebounds in the first quarter alone. He shot 2-for-10 outside the paint and 6-for-6 in it, but all his field goal attempts in the paint came in the first half. At times, he shouldered the load on offense, because the offense had been so pathetic. Also, he plays really, really hard, and he held rookie Elfrid Payton in check.
|Jared Dudley, SG 22 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | +6
He was part of some of the more cohesive defensive units, but not much else.
|John Henson, C 17 MIN | 4-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -8
He and O.J. Mayo have such nice chemistry when Mayo curls out into the corner off his screen. Mayo is always looking for the easy dump down passes to Henson, because he obviously has the best finishing skills of the Bucks bigs. The interior defense took a big hit when Henson replace Sanders though.
|Kendall Marshall, PG 3 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -2
Garbage time only in this one.
|Nate Wolters, PG 17 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -8
He moves better on the weak side of the offense than any other Buck and it earned him a couple of good looks at the basket.
|Jerryd Bayless, PG 19 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 0 PTS | -14
A whole lot of nothing. No buckets, little defense, no spark, and appropriately tied for a team-worst +/- rating of minus-14.
|Giannis Antetokounmpo, SG 31 MIN | 9-15 FG | 1-1 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 19 PTS | -10
Flashed a lot of nice finishing skills in the paint on his way to a career high in points. The only Magic player who could give him any trouble on defense was Aaron Gordon. At all other times, Giannis played with the poise of an offensive player without a defensive equal. Like every other Buck, his jump shots missed, but to add insult to injury, his looked like knuckleballs.
|O.J. Mayo, SG 26 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -14
O.J. has been an A+ passer this season, but his defense left a LOT to be desired and his shot wasn’t falling. His defense is usually much better than it was in this result.
|Khris Middleton, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |
He has a sore knee.
Five Things We Saw
- The Bucks could easily have won this game, and it was much closer than the final margin that was bumped up late. Orlando didn’t devastate the Bucks in any particular way, with the possible exception of Tobias Harris taking advantage of Jabari’s iffy defense. Milwaukee simply could not make an open outside shot all night. ALL night.
- The other problem was fouls. At one point in the first half, when the Bucks were outplaying the Magic, the referees had called 17 fouls on the Bucks and 3 on the Magic, skipping doozies like this questionable undercut by Victor Oladipo on Knight. Without that, the Bucks would have held a first-half lead.
3. Giannis did a lot of good things like this drive:
and this steal/dunk