|Jabari Parker, SF 33 MIN | 5-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 13 PTS | +9
Parker started the game with Giannis for the first time ever. Together, they recorded five dunks in the first half, including one fantastic Giannis to Parker connection coming around a curl screen. But Jabari needs a better sense of time and place. On one late fourth quarter possession following an offensive rebound, the ball got kicked out to Jabari, who took an ill-advised three-point shot with :22 on the shot clock. His defense on Bosh and others was perhaps his best effort of the season though.
|Larry Sanders, C 20 MIN | 5-10 FG | 1-3 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | +11
He attempted more shots than either Antetokounmpo or Knight in the first half, but the shots themselves weren’t terrible. Sanders just needs to make decisions more quickly when he catches the ball. Sometimes he just freezes. But they were good shots, on the whole, and he made 3/4 FG shooting in the second half was huge.
|Brandon Knight, PG 34 MIN | 7-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 20 PTS | +11
The Bucks don’t win without his three three-pointers in the final minutes, even if the other Bucks possession mixed in those four was one where he overdribbled. His drives to the hoop for the rest of the game were productive, and for a long stretch of the game, Knight was one of the few productive jump shooters.
|Jared Dudley, SG 10 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -4
Dudley started at the shooting guard spot opposite Mario Chalmers. The starters put together a tight defensive performance in the first quarter, Dudley included, but the few lapses came when Mario Chalmers put the ball on the floor and drove around Jared. It was an almost unfair position for Dudley, and it’s not like Dudley is the kind of player who can turn the advantage the other way on offense in the low post.
|Giannis Antetokounmpo, SG 32 MIN | 4-8 FG | 3-7 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 11 PTS | +9
Giannis was very aggressive in his approach to attacking the rim, especially in the second quarter, and the added bonus in this game was that he started to spot teammates when the defense collapsed on him. He found Zaza and Jabari for a pair of easy dunks. In the second half, he was really using his length to be a defensive pest, including one stonewall block of a Bosh dunk attempt.
|Khris Middleton, PF 20 MIN | 3-7 FG | 3-3 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | +8
Middleton started in place of Dudley for the second half, and soon after he hit a three-pointer when the Bucks were starved for some shooting to space the floor. All in all, a very nice return for Khris, including 3 steals.
|Ersan Ilyasova, PF 12 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -2
The bench core of Ilyasova, Pachulia, Bayless, and Mayo got carved up by the Heat in the second quarter, and they were a step down from the intensity and cohesion of the starters. In the second half, that changed entirely — and Kidd rode his bench longer than usual when he could have reverted to the starters because of that improvement. That said, he lost Shawne Williams a few times.
|John Henson, C 3 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 0 PTS | -6
His one missed shot was actually a surprising new move for Henson. As he worked on the low block, he used his newfound size to bump off a defender and set up an easier look. Unfortunately, he missed it.
|Zaza Pachulia, C 25 MIN | 5-9 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | +2
His defense was much better in the second half, and he scored some key baskets at the rim midway through the 4th quarter when the Bucks offense might have otherwise sputtered.
|Nate Wolters, PG 15 MIN | 1-2 FG | 1-3 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -2
Lots and lots of solid defense. It’s certainly why Kidd prefers Wolters to Kendall Marshall.
|Jerryd Bayless, PG 17 MIN | 0-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | +1
Great defensive effort in the second half, which seems repetitive, but it really is true.
|O.J. Mayo, SG 18 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-1 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -2
More great passing to the tune of 3 assists and the one turnover he had was going to be a nice pass too, but he anticipated Nate Wolters getting free right before Wolters got stuck on a screen.
Four Things We Saw
- The Bucks defense was flying around in the third quarter. The Heat shot 21.1%. It wasn’t just bad shooting either. Milwaukee was making the Heat work to get up any kind of shot whatsoever.
- The Bucks took Chris Bosh out of the game completely. He made 2-of-17 shots.
- Shawne Williams scored a lot of points, made a lot of corner jumpers, and threw a vicious, moving, blind pick on Brandon Knight in the final 10 seconds (with the Bucks holding a 7-point lead).