Big win, bad team: Bucks 104 – Sixers 88

Philadelphia 76ers 88 Final
Recap | Box Score
104 Milwaukee Bucks
Ersan Ilyasova, PF 23 MIN | 4-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | +9 +/-

If this is the game Ersan can have every night, the Bucks will be a much better team. Took shots that were available, generally did his battling thing for rebounds on both ends and, of course, he took a charge.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, SF 37 MIN | 1-6 FG | 3-5 FT | 11 REB | 6 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 5 TO | 5 PTS | +9 +/-I

t’s fun to see him impact the game without scoring very much. Some of his rebounds came late and he put up some numbers of the garbage variety, but he did a good job of driving and kicking or dropping short passes to teammates when opportunities weren’t there for him to finish.

Zaza Pachulia, C 19 MIN | 5-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 12 PTS | +13 +/-

John Henson was very good and the Sixers were very bad, so Zaza got a light load on Wednesday, but he was productive in his limited minutes.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 18 MIN | 3-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 0 REB | 8 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | +8 +/-

His debut was short and sweet. He broke out for two dunks early on, thanks largely to sloppy play from his former mates. MCW was quick to drive and dish and keep the ball moving. Basically this was an advanced practice for him and a great way to get his feet wet as a Buck.

Khris Middleton, SG 34 MIN | 9-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 19 PTS | +11 +/-

It seemed too easy for Middleton on Wednesday. He made his jumpers and attacked the rim a few times with success.

John Henson, C 29 MIN | 9-12 FG | 3-5 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 3 BLK | 3 TO | 21 PTS | +3 +/-

Such a weird player. Henson is one of the most unique players I’ve seen in all my years watching the Bucks. He’s the only guy I can remember that can put up 21 points, nine rebounds and three blocks and still seem like his impact was fairly muted. Some of the most vivid memories I have from this game are Henson getting pushed out of the post by Henry Sims and fumbling a pass out of bounds. He still struggles so badly with physicality.

But at the same time, have the Bucks had a guy of this size with this sort of touch around the basket in the past 20 years? Probably not. He made Nerlens Noel look foolish with a pump fake of a right hook, followed by a quick spin and his patented left handed baby hook. He was heading to the basket all the time and finishing on one pass after the next from his teammates.

Ultimately it was an incredibly productive game, where he was able to take advantage of a sorry situation of opposing bigs.

Tyler Ennis, PG 24 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 9 PTS | +6 +/-

He hit a couple of pull-up jumpers that displayed something of an ability to make a jump shot, which seems potentially encouraging, especially if he can step out a bit further and show 3-point range. He’s just 1-7 on 3FG since arriving in Milwaukee.

His turnovers are a bit concerning, just for the way they happen. They seem to come from him appearing almost overwhelmed. He had three more on Wednesday.

Jerryd Bayless, PG 30 MIN | 6-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | +15 +/-

Back in his bench role, Bayless looked the same as he’s looked all season. He made his jumpers, he was aggressive and he was a spark. It’s a great fit for him.

Jared Dudley, SG 28 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | +6 +/-

Never before have we seen such box-score stuffing from Jared Dudley. We discussed on our podcast how a bench role has a certain fit for Dudley, as he can move easily between positions depending on matchups in a way a guy like Ersan Ilyasova can’t. Against the Sixers, his guile and knowledge of what they would be doing and what he could do against them was evident.

Johnny O’Bryant III, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | +/-


Miles Plumlee, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | +/-




Two Things We Saw

  1. The Sixers are truly a disaster. This was a 29 point game at half. At various points Thomas Robinson was clearly the best Sixer on the court and he joined the team from the airport about an hour before the game started. Total mess.
  2. Good teams beat bad teams handily. That’s what the Bucks did in what was mostly a very business-like way. Milwaukee let the Sixers creep back into it a bit in the fourth quarter, which was disappointing to see, but quickly squashed any dreams of this thing ever getting under single digits.

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  1. totally agree! The Knight trade was obviously done to give Giannis more touches and shots. but he has to find out what he can do! He’s driving directly into his defender, losing the handle, getting pushed around. If he can find the balance and rhythm on these drives, then maybe he’ll be the GUY we hope he can be. Otherwise, we may be looking at Darius Miles.

    • The Sixers are (and this does not get said often lol) a bad matchup for Giannis. There aren’t a lot of teams with guys as long or springy as him, but Philly has them in droves. Just a thought.

      • TheLastoftheBucksFans

        Um, Giannis missed at least 2 wide open dunk chances that I saw. If anyone is playing the Sixers and they aren’t a good match up…that’s a bad bad bad sign.

  2. A few takeaways. MCW is everything Knight wasn’t and it was great to see. A few of the passes he made were ones that Knight wouldn’t have even known were there. (The assist on Ilyasova’s 3 and the consistent feeding of drop-offs to Henson and Zaza stand out as clear examples.) I really liked him pulling Giannis aside after a fast-break opportunity and telling him to look for the ball in transition earlier. One can hardly blame Giannis for not looking though, because that pass would never have even occurred to Knight. The other big takeaway is that we all remember how good Marshall was in the post against smaller guards right? MCW headed straight to the block a few times throughout the game against the over matched Canaan, and it seems to be something Kidd wants to exploit in this era of 6 ft starting point guards. Awesome to see.

  3. TheLastoftheBucksFans

    Henson is the truth. He should’ve gotten more minutes but his superior length memorized me to the point of eternal bliss. Why in god’s name did we not play him 52 minutes tonight? This is a travesty.

    In other news, Jeremy loves Giannis a lot.

    Don’t worry, I got your back swisch. You can take a night off.

    • Thanks for the breather, LastoftheBucksFans, especially with a tough West Coast swing ahead of us.

      Also, to Nobel below, thanks for the compliment.

      Have a good night everyone here at Bucksketball, staff and fans alike.

  4. Giannis had a bad game. I think we really need him to develop into a high teens low 20s for points and 6 to 9 rebound to really be living up to expectations…anything less is kind of a disappointment..especially since hes being sold kind of as a poor mans kd? JEREMY i heard during the podcast that everyone hates the predictions but please start doing them again…u guys coulds do a poll or have Swisch write them

    • You know he’s just barely 20 right? He was actually quite good in the first Q despite not scoring much but he wasn’t much the rest of the game. Lots of time, relax