|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 | +/-
|O.J. Mayo, SG DNP SORE RIGHT HAMSTRING MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | +/-
Two Things We Saw
- 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.
- 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.