The Badgers beat Arizona: Warriors 108 – Bucks 95

Golden State Warriors 108 Final
Recap | Box Score
95 Milwaukee Bucks
Ersan Ilyasova, PF 23 MIN | 1-10 FG | 6-6 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | 0 +/-

Oh how the mighty one fell on Saturday night. Ers was like Rowdy Roddy Piper’s character in “They Live” over the past week. He came to games to do two things: chew bubble gum and kick opponent ass – and he was always out of bubble gum. Well, Ers must have stopped at the bubble gum store Saturday afternoon, because he kicked zero ass. All of his looks were pretty good and pretty typical Ersan looks, but he couldn’t get any to fall. Such is the life of the average NBA player. At least he got those six free throws, those most he’s made in a game in March.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, SF 30 MIN | 4-6 FG | 4-6 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | -10 +/-

The Bucks struggled in a bad way offensive in the second quarter, only scoring 15 points. He sat the first half of the quarter, but didn’t contribute too much in the second half. Milwaukee’s got to find a way to look to him more and more when the offense isn’t getting much. Whether it’s in the post or in transition, he’s often been the team’s most efficient offensive weapon.

Zaza Pachulia, C 23 MIN | 5-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | -7 +/-

A couple jump shots in the second quarter during a horrible scoring drought for the Bucks aside, it didn’t feel like he made much of a difference. A good barometer for Zaza is always the offensive glass and the assist column. When he’s pounding it and racking up assists, that’s ideal Zaza. One offensive board and one assist is not ideal Zaza.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 22 MIN | 3-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 8 PTS | -11 +/-

He dealt with a bit of foul trouble in the first half, picking up his third with about seven minutes to play in the second quarter. Then, with the Bucks down 14 and more or less out of the game, he exited with three minutes to play in the third quarter and never returned, as Kidd opted to get his bench some minutes late. In between, MCW wasn’t especially impressive or unimpressive.

Khris Middleton, SG 27 MIN | 5-14 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | -9 +/-

Not his best night, not his worst night. He’s delightfully active in passing lanes and he stole a crosscourt pass Stephen Curry thought he had for sure. If Middleton isn’t hitting threes, it’s going to be a dire night for Milwaukee’s offense typically. That’s a lot of pressure on a third year player, but he doesn’t seem to feel much when he’s shooting.

Jared Dudley, SF 25 MIN | 6-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | -13 +/-After he missed an open three in the fourth quarter I made a crack about how he was more like Jared “Donely” now. He proceeded to swipe the ball from Mo Speights and make a layup and then followed that up with a jumper. Those two baskets were part of an 11 point fourth quarter. If nothing else good came out of this game, perhaps a resurgent Dudley will be the one positive thing born out of this defeat.

Miles Plumlee, C 5 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -7 +/-

A bit of early action as the game started slipping away and the Bucks were incapable of making shots.

John Henson, C 20 MIN | 3-9 FG | 2-4 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 4 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | +1 +/-

He benefitted from Kidd’s decision to leave in his bench for the fourth quarter and rewarded his coach with a fairly solid effort late, with seven points and four rebounds in the fourth period alone.

Tyler Ennis, PG 18 MIN | 2-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | +2 +/-

Another player who played the entire fourth quarter, Ennis had a limited impact on the game, as has often been the case. It just doesn’t seem like there’s much he can contribute out there at this stage in his career.

Jerryd Bayless, PG 27 MIN | 2-8 FG | 3-3 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | -4 +/-

While his shooting still isn’t improving much, he’s refusing to quit from an effort standpoint on the court. He had the unlucky task of guarding a very hot Stephen Curry in the fourth quarter, though Curry’s most ridiculous three came against Jared Dudley and another layup came in transition. All in all, Bayless wasn’t brutal; Curry’s just a guy who is impossible to defend at times.

O.J. Mayo, SG 20 MIN | 2-6 FG | 3-3 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -7 +/-

If he keeps moving the ball and working on taking shots that are within the flow of Milwaukee’s offense and are the best shots the team can get, it’ll be hard to find fault with much that he’s doing. If Milwaukee wants to get serious about winning again, he’ll have to rediscover his 3-point stroke and start hitting at about a 40% clip again. If he can get more looks from the corners, that’ll go a long way towards righting him, I suspect.

Jason Kidd

I think it was kind of a neat thing that Kidd left his bench in for the whole fourth quarter. The Bucks weren’t going to win this game, but bigger picture, Milwaukee’s bench has been a mess of late. He was trying to get them going, which the Bucks badly need to happen.

Three Things We Saw

  1. The three point differential was fierce. Golden State was 12-25 from deep, while the Bucks made just 2-15 long balls. The Bucks started the third quarter by making some shots, but the Warriors quickly responded with threes from Curry and Thompson and 12 Bucks points were suddenly matched by Golden State. The 3-point line was a huge, huge factor in this game.
  2. Despite shooting 26% in the first half, the Bucks still had a chance, largely because of 15 Warriors turnovers and a strong transition defense effort that held Golden State to just five fast break points all game. But ultimately, Milwaukee’s offensive woes were too much to overcome, as the Bucks were never able to break the 40% shooting mark for the night, thanks in large part to the aforementioned 3-point shooting struggles.
  3. My Facebook friends were all very excited that the Badgers defeated the Arizona Wildcats. It’s possible you’re excited too. I can’t tell if that Frank Kaminsky fella will be a good NBA player or not, but he sure does a good job of scoring points in college.

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  1. I think Kaminsky has a skill set that transfers well to the NBA. Just the fact that he’s a 7 footer who can drain free throws all day makes him valuable, not to mention a pretty decent 3p% as well. Solid fundamental defense, but could be more of a liability than an asset on that end. Wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up being somewhat of an offensive facilitator on a teams second unit.

  2. Frank is a very good college player, who can dominate smaller opponents and raw big guys who still need to develop. I don’t want to see the Bucks taking him with their first round pick though. His “decent” 3pt% translates to one 3-pointer a game and I am not convinced he will be able to compete physically with NBA big men he will have to guard. Now Sam Dekker on the other hand has the tools and body to have a very good NBA career.

  3. iaw
    Here’s a question:

    Are there ANY players in the nba that has a worse conditioned professional body than Dudley?

    Thinking perhaps Boris Diaw or maybe Big Baby. Even considering those impressive candidates I’m still thinking Dudley is the worst.

    I’m relieved he’s considered a veteran role model for a young Bucks team.

  4. Do you guys thibk they are jusr saving oj and duds for the playoffs? And Henson? We webt to the Pacers game and didnt see much of those 3 at all???

    • I’m getting to the point where I almost want John Henson to leave the Bucks, for his sake.

      He’s been treated so dismissively, so shabbily, that if he isn’t traded, I could see where he would try to leave town as soon as possible. The Bucks have every right to evaluate John as a player who is nothing special, and not a big part of their future plans — I get that. In turn, John has every right to ask the Bucks to trade him ASAP.

      I hope John plays out the season hard for the Bucks for his teammates and himself, and the fans (possibly a small minority) who really like him as a player and a person. Other than that, at least one of his fans totally gets it if he wants out after the season, and hopes he finds a new place where he’s genuinely appreciated.

      I’d be saying much the same even if the Bucks were winning a decent amount of games at this point in the season, but the neglect of John is even harder to take when the Bucks have been really poor on the court, if not pathetic — and boring to watch, if not unbearable. By the way, I think they were something like 8-2 when John was a starter.

      • You have no idea how much I agree with this. Start him, and if not play him more! He provides shot blocks, alley oops, and length that Zaza doesn’t. His weakness may be rebounding, but, and I don’t have any numbers here so I could be reaching, I seem to remember when he started he did well rebounding. I’m wondering if maybe Kidd keeps him on the second unit because they don’t have much threat without him? O’Bryant isn’t much, and Plumlee should play more but Mayo is in a bad funk, and Dudley is just that a dud.