The Bucks turned the ball over a lot: Wizards 108 – Bucks 97

Milwaukee Bucks 97 Final
Recap | Box Score
108 Washington Wizards
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

  1. Drew Gooden is now apparently Drew Gooden III. It’s on his jersey and everything.
  2. 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.
  3. The tempo of the 76ers game vanished, in part because the 27 turnovers left the Bucks with no rhythm whatsoever.
  4. 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.

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  1. Uhm… I say this a lot, but if anyone wants to argue with me, put in the tape of this game. The NBA officiating is terrible!!! I can’t even claim a bias anymore, it’s awful against both teams. I can think of 4 plays off the top of my head that they straight up blew. And one they even watched the replay of for 5 (5!) minutes! My blood pressure rises 80 points every time I watch a game. It’s sad.

  2. Fair enough, KL, if you don’t have a high opinion of Kendall as a point guard, but your remarks about him seem snarky considering that the man hasn’t been given anywhere close to a fair chance so far this season to succeed or fail.

    To be given six minutes in a game is borderline insulting, and even possibly cruel — and this comes off of being given five minutes the game before, and none in the opener.

    Under those circumstances, it seems less than fair for you to write that you’re still waiting to see “the great assist machine in action.”

    As someone with a high regard for your work and that of all of the staff at Bucksketball, it seems that there is a tendency of that staff to be endlessly patient with some players and impatiently picky with others. After all, Jabari shot less than 30 percent and had five turnovers, but you’re tone regarding him was markedly more positive than with Kendall.

    During the Sixers game, Jeremy tweeted something snarky about Khris Middleton, describing him as a Bucks legend, or something like that. That could be humorous if Jeremy wasn’t generally such an unenthusiastic appraiser of Khris, but given that reality, it comes off as questionable taste.

    Again, you guys at Bucksketball are very good at what you do, and it’s really okay if you want to fawn over guys like Giannis and Jabari. What I would request is that you have somewhat more regard and respect for the other guys on the Bucks, even if they’re not as spectacular or as famous, or not one of your particular favorites.

    • I’ve been pretty fair about Middleton this season. New leaf! Also: Jokes are fun! I mess around about Middleton because people love to poke me on him so much. And we’ve been pretty pro-Marshall around these parts of late. Preston just called for him to get 30 minutes per game on the podcast!

  3. Jeremy, I agree that you’ve been fair with Khris, even though he hasn’t exactly been lighting it up — yet.

    Maybe I was more or less off with my assessment in the above comment. I gave my honest point of view, but I’m more than willing to modify my opinions.

    One good thing about a fine forum like Bucksketball is the possibility of refining and enriching my understanding of what’s going on with the Bucks by getting perspectives from the staff commentators and other fans. I mean that sincerely, and look forward to coming to this site to read what others think. I would actually encourage more fans to weigh in, and I appreciate learning what the staff at Bucksketball has to say about the doings of players and coaches and management.

    I’ll finish by saying that I’m a little testy these days because I see the same old pattern with the Bucks of playing veterans too much at the expense of young talent — and this might help explain any oversensitivity on my part.

    One example: Aren’t we glad that we gave Jeff Adrien and Ramon Sesions such good opportuities at the end of last season to audition for other teams rather than giving more minutes at that time to, say, a raw but promising talent in John Henson? Now I’m wondering how Jared, Jerryd, O.J., and Ers fit in with the Bucks long term as they eat up minutes that could be profitable for, say, Kendall and Nate.

    I realize, Jeremy, that you’ve expressed similar concerns so far this season, which I appreciate.

    Anyway, I wish a good day and week to all who have been reading these words.

    • My hope is that Henson losing minutes to Adrien helped his development, though I’m not sure it has, given that I haven’t seen him play with much more of the physicality he was lacking last season. It’s still early though. That’s the hope with not playing guys, that by removing their minutes you’re letting them know what’s happening is not cutting it. Probably not an effective method over the long run though, I agree.

      The Ersan/Bayless over Henson/Marshall/Nate stuff will be interesting all season.