|Khris Middleton, PF 24 MIN | 2-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | -5
This game was a nondescript one for Middleton. The three steals are nice, but his shot wasn’t falling and he threw one of the worst cross-court passes I’ve ever seen, the basketball equivalent of a Pick 6.
|Jabari Parker, SF 34 MIN | 5-17 FG | 2-2 FT | 11 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 13 PTS | -4
Parker got a double double, but it took him 17 shots to get it. He had a nice move to blow past Nene on one drive, but in the battle of size vs. speed, Nene’s size and experience won the night. But really, it’s good that Parker took 17 shots. That’s a terrific development, make or miss. Once, he got so focused on the scheme of the team defense that he lost track of Nene twice on the same play. Bonus points are included here for a good job rebounding.
|Larry Sanders, C 24 MIN | 2-4 FG | 4-4 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -21
After a brilliant defensive game against the 76ers, Sanders did not have a follow up against the Wizards. All game long it felt like he was the big brother trying to protect his little brother — Jabari Parker, who was guarding Nene — while Marcin Gortat repeatedly snuck in from the back side and punished Sanders.
|Brandon Knight, PG 38 MIN | 9-15 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 24 PTS | -12
It always looks better in the box score, doesn’t it? Knight led all players with 24 points, and the form on his three-point shot was pretty indeed. John Wall was the much better point guard in this game, wreaking havoc on defense and getting the ball to the right places on offense. I like it when Kidd plays him for fewer than 30 minutes and keeps him fresh for the stretch. He didn’t do that against the Bobcat/Hornets or the Wizards.
|Jared Dudley, SG 14 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -14
Dudley’s presence really wasn’t much of one at all. Minor bonus points for the being the only Buck without a turnover on a night when the Bucks had 27 of them.
|Ersan Ilyasova, PF 18 MIN | 3-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | 0
He had a nice block of a Drew Gooden shot that I was not expecting.
|John Henson, C 16 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | +7
The box score looks rather empty, but Henson was the Bucks’ best defensive player for the first three quarters before lapsing a bit late. His defensive motor has found a gear that it couldn’t reach in his first two seasons. He needs more rebounds.
|Kendall Marshall, PG 6 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 3 PTS | 0
Marshall has had more bad passes than good ones this season, including a dud of an entry pass to Henson that was easily picked apart. I’m still waiting to see the great assist machine in action this season. I haven’t seen it yet. He made a three-pointer and narrowly missed another.
|Jerryd Bayless, PG 21 MIN | 5-10 FG | 8-8 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 20 PTS | +5
He gave the Bucks a lot of offense.
|Giannis Antetokounmpo, SG 13 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-1 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 4 PTS | -3
He started two drives from the perimeter early in the game and stepped out of bounds both times. Has he grown too large for the basketball court? He later made a nice swooping lefty layup. I want him to do more defensively, so that he’s remembered for forcing turnovers instead of making them.
|O.J. Mayo, SG 19 MIN | 1-7 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | -6
O.J.’s shot wasn’t falling, and he got into some after-the-whistle stuff with John Wall that Mayo instigated with a before-the-whistle bump during play.
Four Things We Saw
- Drew Gooden is now apparently Drew Gooden III. It’s on his jersey and everything.
- Jabari had a fine play where he sniffed out a John Wall isolation move and created a turnover with a perfectly timed double team. Wall later returned the favor on Parker in the exact same fashion.
- The tempo of the 76ers game vanished, in part because the 27 turnovers left the Bucks with no rhythm whatsoever.
- The Wizards offense is, by design, the perfect type of scheme to disrupt what Kidd’s defensive scheme does. Nene has an all-you-can-shoot buffet of 22-footers from the top of the key, and Wiz are experts at swinging from side-to-side to the find the weak-side corner behind an overaggressive defense. The Bucks shouldn’t want any part of Washington in a seven-game series. And by seven-game series, I mean to speak of something in a very hypothetical way.