Miroslav Raduljica couldn’t stop Milwaukee: Bucks 98 – Wolves 84

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98 Milwaukee Bucks
Johnny O’Bryant III, PF 12 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-1 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -11

The rebounding struggle continues. His minutes will continue to shrink as Kenyon Martin’s continue to grow. Say goodbye to Johnny O’Bryant, avid fans of second-round picks.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, SF 29 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 10 PTS | -1

Overall, not a great night for Giannis. He was a bit careless with the ball, as his four turnovers to one assist would indicate. It wasn’t like he was trying to make big plays for teammates, he was just a bit sloppy, which was indicative of the Bucks overall on the evening.

Zaza Pachulia, C 24 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | +7

His turnovers were in check, his playmaking was strong and he rebounded the ball very well.

Brandon Knight, PG 23 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 14 PTS | +4

His presence was more muted than usual. I swear that Knight picks his spots as to when he’s really going to focus on being aggressive. When he seems to feel like the team really needs him, he seems to take the ball to the hoop and force the issue a bit more. But on nights like Friday or against the Sixers on Wednesday, he’s more relaxed. He lets the game come to him and lets his teammates handle it. I think that shows he isn’t a greedy player, just a player driven by his team’s success and a player that isn’t sure his teammates can create against good teams.

Khris Middleton, SG 26 MIN | 3-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | +1

While Knight was relatively quiet, Middleton was very noticeable in his 26 minutes. He was grabbing rebounds, playing the passing lane for steals, making threes and generally looking very aggressive. It was a surprise he wasn’t in when the Wolves made a temporary run with about six minutes to go, but Jared Dudley got the call.

Kenyon Martin, PF 8 MIN | 3-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -5

He caught an alley-oop! Kidd said after the game Martin will ALWAYS be able to catch lobs and dunk them. Whether that’s true or not, it was impressive for a guy his age. He also made a couple of jumpers, though he looked very winded on the court for a guy who only played eight minutes. His three fouls likely had something to do with that. He’s got a ways to go.

John Henson, C 21 MIN | 4-6 FG | 4-5 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +9

His two blocks were of the ferocious variety. I can’t really fault him for the two rebounds either, as it seemed like whenever he was on the court, shots just seemed to be going in on both sides. According to NBA.com/Stats, he had only six rebound chances, which feels right.

Kendall Marshall, PG 20 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 9 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | +13

The MVP of this game. Marshall moved the ball incredibly well. He had nine assists in 20 minutes and no Bucks player scored more than 14 points. That’s incredible. He had an incredible game. He made such a difference every time he was on the court and it was incredibly noticeable. That seems impossible for a player who attempted just two shots, but he made it happen. I can’t give him enough credit for the team’s stellar play.

Jerryd Bayless, PG 24 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | +12

His impact wasn’t as significant as Marshall’s, but generally, he filled the gaps and made his open shots. He didn’t have the ball in his hands as much as usual, as he shared the court with Marshall quite a bit, but he looked good off the ball all night.

Jared Dudley, SG 26 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | +23

The whole bench contributed.

O.J. Mayo, SG 28 MIN | 4-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 12 PTS | +18

He made two open threes early in the game on back-to-back possessions that put Milwaukee up three and his overall perfect night from three must have been quite a relief. He’d been struggling for a month or so from deep.

Jason Kidd
The ball kept moving and his new acquisition looked more than passable in limited playing time. That’s a great night for Jason Kidd.

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6 Comments

  1. Good to agree with Jeremy: Kendall was fantastic!

    That’s why I’m concerned about Kendall being marginalized in the second half. First came Jared; first came O.J., first came Jared — and then finally came Kendall, and only for a few measly minutes before being pulled abrubtly out of the game, not to return until garbage time. Troubling.

  2. “I swear that Knight picks his spots as to when he’s really going to focus on being aggressive. When he seems to feel like the team really needs him, he seems to take the ball to the hoop and force the issue a bit more. But on nights like Friday or against the Sixers on Wednesday, he’s more relaxed. He lets the game come to him and lets his teammates handle it. I think that shows he isn’t a greedy play, just a player driven by his team’s success and a player that isn’t sure his teammates can create against good teams.”

    NAILED IT! Nice recap, Jeremy.

  3. I’m all for Marshall to be in the starting lineup. I believe he started against the Hawks for the first game in the home and home series and he just brought something else to the lineup. Especially with how well Middleton and Knight have played as catch and shoot players, it just seems like it would help the team out by having him start in place of JOB to capture the right energy to start off the game, considering how sluggish they have been to start off their games as of late.

  4. I really like this “refined” Brandon; he seems like the kind of guy who is willing and able to make adjustments to improve his game and better the team.

    As a two guard, I think he’s a possible star in the making. He doesn’t have to do everything for the Bucks, or carry the team all the time.

    I’d like to see him and Kendall on the court together a lot; they might be a winning combo for the future.

  5. I think Kendall was the best player of the game. I think Kendall should stay on the bench because they have really good chemistry and play good together.