|Jabari Parker, SF 37 MIN | 7-12 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 15 PTS | -23
Offensively, he’s starting to look fully comfortable as an NBA scorer. It’s time to work on everything else. Kidd summed it up best.
“He’s a rookie, and he’s working hard. He’s gonna be a rookie, until the end of the season into next season, but he definitely has a lot of talent. Again, I thought offensively he did some good things, defensively he’s still trying to adjust to that. But, he’s one of the top rookies in this league.”
|Larry Sanders, C 28 MIN | 5-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -20
In November, the Bucks had a defensive rating of 100.6 when Sanders was on the court, and 102.5 when he was off it. In December it’s been 114.9 when he’s on and 103.3 when he’s off, though he has been asked to patch up a lot of rookie mistakes by Jabari Parker on that end. Still, whether it’s because of illness or something else, Sanders hasn’t contributed as much in the one area that makes him a useful player.
|Brandon Knight, PG 29 MIN | 4-9 FG | 7-7 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 16 PTS | -18
Knight is one of the best Bucks on a nightly basis. He needs more help from his fellow starters.
|O.J. Mayo, SG 25 MIN | 5-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | -11
Mayo hasn’t possessed the hot hand in what seems like a month now, and his normally crisp and creative passes were often off the mark by a hair or two in this game.
|Giannis Antetokounmpo, SG 30 MIN | 8-11 FG | 2-3 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 18 PTS | -10
18 points on 11 shots is a slick improvement efficiency-wise, but Giannis has to do more on defense and he has to do it without getting stuck in foul trouble.
|Khris Middleton, PF 18 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 2 PTS | -6
The turnovers were miscues of a soul-crushing, back-breaking variety — the types that led to uncontested layups for the Mavericks on the fast break. His disappearing play is the greatest mystery of the Jason Kidd Era.
|Zaza Pachulia, C 21 MIN | 5-10 FG | 4-4 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | -3
If he could jump. If only he could jump.
|Kendall Marshall, PG 14 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 0 PTS | -1
J.J. Barea was blitzing past Marshall with dribble drives, and yet no one thought to try to counter by setting up Marshall in the low post? Couldn’t Marshall have worked some magic on his newly beloved right block posting up the tiny Mav?
|Nate Wolters, PG 6 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-1 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -4
Operated exclusively in garbage time.
|Jerryd Bayless, PG 20 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -12
Has Bayless been the most consistent Buck this season? He doesn’t seem to have the highs and lows that others have had.
|Jared Dudley, SG 15 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -7
He took some turns guarding Dirk and I would prefer that this not be a thing that happens.
Two Things We Saw
- Jason Kidd ripped his team’s effort. “Turnovers, second shots, we didn’t play hard,” Kidd noted after the game. “One thing we lay our hat on is that we come out and play hard, the first 21 games tonight was a factor of us not playing hard. Dallas took full advantage of that. This is the first time we didn’t play hard. When you look around the league or you hear people talk about the Bucks, the first thing they say is we play hard. And tonight we didn’t do that.” Kidd probably didn’t care much for coming back to a former home city — the city where he won his only title — and coaching a team that played such crappy basketball.
- When Larry Drew went after his team’s effort and vowed never to have a relapse, the Bucks went in the tank last season. Kidd didn’t promise anything when criticizing his team, but it will be interesting to see how they react in these upcoming games against top-tier competition.