|J. Parker 42 MIN | 10-19 FG | 0-1 3FG | 3-4 FT | 11 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 23 PTS | -4 +/-
How fun! At times this season, Jason Kidd has commented on how unselfish Parker has been and how it’s sometimes seemed like a primary focus of his, but he was very aggressive on Friday night. A lot of his points came through his primary means of scoring – finishing at the rim. But he mixed in a few more made jump shots, finishing 3-9 on shots away from the rim.
His 11 rebounds included some hard fought boards that he went out of his zone to track down too. There’s still plenty of room for him to improve his efficiency with a few more free throws, and those will come as he starts driving to the basket more, rather than relying on teammates to find him on cuts. He did that a few times against the Hornets.
|G. Antetokounmpo 39 MIN | 7-17 FG | 0-1 3FG | 4-6 FT | 11 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 18 PTS | +1 +/-
The highlight of his night was a reverse windmill dunk on a fastbreak that wowed the crowd. Aside from that, it was business as usual for the well-rounded forward.
|M. Plumlee 18 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 3FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +9 +/-
He continues to put his athleticism to good use. He flew in for a couple of offensive rebound, put-back dunks. His blocks were genuinely impressive. A downside to Milwaukee not finding a partner for Greg Monroe is the inability to see how a Henson/Plumlee pairing would fare. They wouldn’t have the isolation offensive game of a Monroe, but from a rebounding/defense/finishing perspective, they form an intriguing pair.
|K. Middleton 39 MIN | 6-17 FG | 3-4 3FG | 5-7 FT | 4 REB | 7 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 6 TO | 20 PTS | +1 +/-
After a quiet first half, Middleton got going late. 17 of his 20 points came in the second half and he led Milwaukee down the stretch. His missed jumper in a one-point game with five seconds to play was a disappointment, but he got a good look at the elbow off the dribble. Watching it up close, it sure *felt* like it was going to go in.
He had another six turnovers and high turnover totals have been a bit of a problem for him lately. He’ll have to improve on that if he’s going to continue to be a playmaker. That’s what’s nice about the rest of this season. The stakes are incredibly low. It’s fine if he’s turning the ball over a lot, so long as he’s learning from it and can come back even better next season.
|O.J. Mayo 29 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-4 3FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 6 PTS | +0 +/-
A fairly quiet night for Mayo, which hurt the Bucks since Jerryd Bayless missed the game with an injury. Milwaukee didn’t have its usual reliable 3-point shooter coming in off the bench and Mayo, while he did hit two threes, wasn’t able to provide quite enough in his steed.
|G. Monroe 30 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 3FG | 4-4 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 4 TO | 4 PTS | -12 +/-
For the first time in his career, Monroe played 30 minutes and attempted two shots. He was often matched with Al Jefferson, who did a good job of being an identical player. The two of them didn’t much move each other. But Monroe wasn’t a liability by any means, as he kept the ball moving and actually pitched in a little bit on the defensive end.
|M. Carter-Williams 29 MIN | 6-7 FG | 2-3 3FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | -9 +/-
Another strong game for the oft-criticized (by us too) point guard. The two threes aren’t much to read into, as he hit one from 40-feet to beat the first quarter buzzer. But he did a good job finishing again and seemed appropriately selective with his aggression. He wasn’t able to much slow down Kemba Walker and he did stumble into a few bad turnovers.
He and Parker both played well, but it seemed like his effort was more of a case of things working out for him, whereas Parker’s night seemed like a genuine positive development.
|R. Vaughn 15 MIN | 2-9 FG | 0-6 3FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -1 +/-
GET THOSE SHOTS UP. Vaughn showed no hesitation releasing shots from all over the court. He was putting up corner threes quickly, even after misses. He shot with confidence and he shot repeatedly. That’s what he should be in Milwaukee to do. If he keeps playing like this, but starts making the shots, that’d be terrific. I love it. Get ’em up.
Two Things We Saw
- Kemba Walker was the best player on the court all night. His ability to casually shift from dribbling aimlessly to pulling up for a three is fun to watch and the control he has over his body and awareness of what he needs to do with it to get a shot up near the rim is impressive. The Bucks ultimately couldn’t match him.
- It’s sad to watch the Bucks waste a strong 3-point shooting effort. They made 7-19 threes for the game, made more free throws AND won the points in the paint battle. That’s typically a recipe for Milwaukee’s success. Unfortunately, Milwaukee also turned the ball over 22 times