|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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.