De-streaked: Magic 101 — Bucks 85

Milwaukee Bucks 85 FinalRecap | Box Score 101 Orlando Magic
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

    1. 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.           Screen shot 2014-11-15 at 12.12.30 AM
    2. 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


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  1. TheLastoftheBucksFans

    Knight is definitely not the reason we’re losing. I didn’t see the game, so I’m wondering why Larry didn’t play more as well. It seems like he’s been getting a lot of games like this and we really need him out there.

    • As I tried to indicate, Larry hurt himself with too many fouls. Otherwise, he definitely would have played more. He was this game’s best defender.

        • When he gets to 2 in the first quarter or 4 in the third quarter, he is going to the bench almost automatically. I guess that’s how Kidd wants to play. I’d probably roll the dice on going longer in the 3Q, but that’s a gamble too.

  2. It’ll be a challenge for the Bucks to make the playoffs this season, even in the relatively weak East.

    • That’s perfectly okay though, especially if they keep playing like they are. Another young stud could be crucial for this young team moving forward.

  3. Dusting off my old math, John Henson’s per 36 for this game was 21 .2 points and 12.7 rebounds (10 points/17minutes = x points/36 minutes, correct?). Plus, as I remember it, Nate’s two baskets at the rim came off of sweet assists by John that were Zaza-esque.

    So John’s stats compared well with Tobias’ outstanding game 26/10 in 38 minutes. Here we have John and Tobias, two first-round picks by the Bucks, one of them already traded away foolishly, the other in the process of being frittered away by lack of playing time. I am incredulous — incredulous I tells you — that John was yanked from the game after such very short stints on the court in each half, and such excellent play (then about 3 of his minutes came at the end in garbage time).

    Is there a method to Jason Kidd’s madness, or a madness to his method. He is so utterly inexperienced as a coach, especially with young players, that I’m not assuming he knows what he’s doing. Actually, the amount of power he seems to have with the Bucks is scary. So far, he hasn’t shown me much to alleviate my fears that his newness will set the development of the Bucks back quite a ways.

  4. Iffy isn’t even the right word for Jabari’s defense in this one, or for most of this young season for that matter. He loses his man on defense A LOT, and not just for a split second, but for 3 or 4 seconds. I remember three times in this game alone where he failed to follow his man through and it ended up in a made three by Tobias or Fournier. I don’t even care about his offense at this point, the entire team is giving it 110% and being let down by Jabari.

    This game showed how John Henson is much better than Ersan. I really hope the reason Henson isn’t playing and Middleton is “injured” is so that Ersan and Dudley can play themselves into a trade. These last few games we have really missed middletons ability to knock down jumpers for the first 42 minutes of the game. I almost turn off the game when Dudley is on the court because it just pisses me off so much watching him contribute nothing but jumpers that hit glass before they hit rim from the top of the key.
    After trimming the lead down to 6 or 7 with Giannis and Henson, John got benched and Knight and Bayless chose to take bad shots and run pick and rolls instead of getting the ball back to Giannis. Those last 5 minutes were brutal.

    Lastly, do you think we’ll see Giannis score 30 points in a game this year? Let’s say he did what he did tonight, gets to the line a little and knocks down a three or two. I don’t know, just a thought

    • Yes, 30 is definitely possible. He snuck up to 19 without it feeling like any great scoring outburst. He’ll need a jumper though, and he hasn’t has a consistent streak of making Js yet.