Fin: Celtics 105 – Bucks 100

Boston Celtics 105 Final
Recap | Box Score
100 Milwaukee Bucks
Ersan Ilyasova, PF 26 MIN | 8-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 21 PTS | +11 +/-

He and Giannis were the only Bucks starters to log double digit minutes in the second half and his time really paid off. He tipped in a couple shots at the rim and was connecting from deep. Believe it or not, Ersan took a charge too. If he keeps this up in the playoffs and guys like Dudley and Bayless get right, Milwaukee’s going to be a potentially tougher out than their seed would indicate.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, SF 29 MIN | 1-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 3 PTS | +5 +/-

In fairly extensive minutes during a game without much meaning, Giannis didn’t try to do too much. He was active, but played the same game he always plays with a bit less success.

Zaza Pachulia, C 15 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | +6 +/-

Not too much to Zaza’s game on Wednesday night. He earned the night (pretty much) off, given how many physical games he’s played this season. Having to run around and chase Kelly Olynyk outside the 3-point line surely didn’t seem appealing.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 22 MIN | 2-8 FG | 3-3 FT | 5 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | -1 +/-

He was downright pesky at times with Marcus Smart, including the defensive possession during which he stole the inbound pass before earning a double foul after going back and forth with Smart. MCW plays with a teeny bit of edge, which is kind of fun at times.

Khris Middleton, SG 21 MIN | 8-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 18 PTS | -1 +/-

Had this been a night that mattered, Middleton could have really been up to something. He played only five minutes in the second half after hitting seven of his eight shots in the first half.

Johnny O’Bryant III, PF 22 MIN | 1-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | -16 +/-

It’s pretty apparent that Johnny O’Bryant isn’t very good. But against the Celtics, he did rebound the ball a little bit. That qualifies as at least a little bit of progress. His previous high in rebounds this season was six, so the nine rebounds in 22 minutes is a fairly impressive number. Sure, he missed a bunch of jumpers again, but hey, let’s take this one step at a time. Hopefully he shows a lot more in summer league, as this is certainly the last time he’ll play any sort of meaningful minutes this season, barring disaster.

Miles Plumlee, C 21 MIN | 4-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -8 +/-

He finished every attempt around the rim that he got and generally looked like a competent big man. If the Bucks went into next season with John Henson and Miles Plumlee as their center tandem, would that be the worst thing in the world? Both seem either explosive and/or long and each can finish around the rim. Defensively, Milwaukee more than got by with Zaza Pachulia at the five this season. You’d think they could kind of figure out what he did to be successful and combine at least a fraction of it with much better athleticism, right?

John Henson, C 12 MIN | 1-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | -3 +/-

A guest appearance, in which he still found a way to block a couple of shots.

Tyler Ennis, PG 27 MIN | 5-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 8 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 11 PTS | -4 +/-

In a fairly extensive role, albeit in a meaningless game, Ennis actually looked like a potentially useful backup point guard. He only hit one three, didn’t attempt a free throw and isn’t an efficient offensive player at all, but he showed a bit of creativity with some of his passes and was able to get near the rim on a few occasions. The hangup with him is his lack of an obvious skill and lack of an intriguing combination of size/athleticism. But he’s still young, so he’s got that going for him.

Jorge Gutierrez, PG 19 MIN | 3-6 FG | 2-4 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -10 +/-

For a minimum salary type guy, there are certainly worse options than Gutierrez. He seems to generally handle himself well on the court and while there doesn’t seem to be a lot of upside with him, it seems like he could potentially limit damage if he plays with the right lineups. The difference between he and Ennis is that he appears to have more of a sense of his limitations and strengths.

O.J. Mayo, SG 26 MIN | 7-14 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | -4 +/-

Someone had to carry the load in the second half and Mayo was willing and capable. 18 of his minutes and 12 of his points came in the second half.

Two Things We Saw

  1. Boston made 13-30 3FG. So there’s your difference. Olynyk and Luigi Datome combined to hit 7-12 3FGs, as Bucks big men struggled time and time again to close out on them quick enough.
  2. Chicago won, so the Bucks will match up with their nearest neighbors in the 3-6 playoff matchup. The first game is Saturday. Get ready for lots of rivalry talk and people denigrating Chicago, especially if those folks arrive en masse at the Bradley Center for Milwaukee’s home games.

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  1. Johnny O’Bryant is absolutely frustrating to watch on either end of the floor. He shows a little more aptitude offensively, setting nice screens and moving off the ball fairly well. But he loves the midrange jumper and hasn’t shown nearly enough consistency with it. More disappointing is that he had a nice drive and post up for an easy basket, and it looked pretty smooth. More of that, please.

    I hate the label “soft” but JOB3 might be one guy that deserves that label. Anytime there’s physicality, particularly on defense but sometimes even on the offensive end, he looks slow and shaken up. Slow is the operative term, I think. He just doesn’t seem like a guy that brings a heck of a lot of energy, and he’s going to need that if he wants to have any sort of impact in the NBA.

  2. Come on guys, get to these playoff home games. They’re CHEAP. I got 2 tix to last night’s game and both playoffs for $70.00. Don’t let Chicago turn this into United Center North.

    • Going to the 23rd game! I really hope a bunch of idiots didn’t buy a bunch of the and 1 package deal and sell their playoff game tickets to Bulls fans. It annoys me so bad when the Bradley is full of them.

  3. I really don’t like watching Ennis out there. Every time he has the ball I just cringe waiting for his next screw up holding my breath. The “lack of any obvious skill” you wrote about him was a huge understatement. Anytime I’ve seen him play he turns the ball over due to terrible decision making and sometimes something so little as a defender putting a slight bit of extra pressure on him. Not to mention he seems to constantly read screens and defense wrong dribbling into traps or nothing which goes back to his decision making. I think he’s a future D league player and hope the bucks get someone through either draft or FA to have another decent option at backup PG besides Bayless.

  4. I’m not sure what the INC grade for OJ means. It seems like 26 mins should be enough of a sample to judge.