A win without their best stuff: Bucks 103 – Pelicans 92

New Orleans 92 Final
Recap | Box Score
103 Milwaukee
J. Parker 38 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 3FG | 7-8 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 15 PTS | +5 +/-

Love it. Without question, on Saturday night, Parker looked as bad as he’s looked since his post-All-Star break tear began. But he still found a way to make an impact. That’s fun to see. He got to the line for eight free throws after halftime after struggling with his jumper early on. He turned the ball over six times, which was certainly not great, but the turnovers (with some exceptions) were more acts of aggression than anything else.

It has to be noted that he didn’t look good at all on defense, save for a play or two. He seems to switch off the ball more than anyone else on the team and sometimes it sends guys scrambling. I’m not sure what the issue is with his defensive awareness, as it seems like he’s got good basketball intelligence on the offensive end.

G. Antetokounmpo 37 MIN | 6-15 FG | 0-0 3FG | 6-10 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 5 TO | 18 PTS | +11 +/-

When he’s got a head of steam, not even a breakaway head of steam, sometimes just a halfcourt head of steam, he’s either getting off a good shot in the paint, getting to the line or finding an open teammate. It’s almost a given. The occasional charge will occur, but he’s so good at finding space when he’s got momentum going towards the hoop. That’s what sent him to the line for ten free throws against New Orleans. Like Parker, he didn’t look great on Saturday, but he did enough to help contribute in a positive way.

G. Monroe 27 MIN | 6-10 FG | 0-0 3FG | 4-4 FT | 11 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | +1 +/-

Early on, it seemed liked no one on the Bucks could get much going outside of Monroe. He led the team with 12 first half points.

J. Bayless 40 MIN | 7-13 FG | 3-7 3FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 17 PTS | +15 +/-

For about half of the fourth quarter, this game was in doubt. Then Bayless rolled off seven straight points to put the Bucks up 11 with about six minutes to go. First, after a bit of hesitation, Bayless hit a three. On the next defensive possession, he jumped a pass from Dante Cunningham and took it the other way for a layup. He followed that with a putback of his missed floater. The hot stretch helped cover for some shooting struggles early in the game.

K. Middleton 41 MIN | 9-16 FG | 0-4 3FG | 1-1 FT | 10 REB | 8 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 19 PTS | +22 +/-

After Bayless had gone to work, Middleton slammed shut the door. He seemed to be feeling his handle in a big way on Saturday night. With the Bucks up 11, he took charge on the next few possessions and isolated for step back jumpers against a couple of different Pelican defenders after putting on a display of crossovers and through the legs dribble moves. The Bucks went up 13 and soon enough the subs were in. It was a nice way for Middleton to cap a stat-stuffer of a game.

J. O’Bryant III 15 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 3FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +3 +/-

Lots of Johnny O things. Some long jumpers that failed to fall. An airball of a three footer. Nothing too impressive.

D. Inglis 3 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 3FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -4 +/-

Hey! A bucket too!

M. Plumlee 21 MIN | 3-4 FG | 0-0 3FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +10 +/-

Caught a lob, grabbed some rebounds, blocked some shots and played physical defense. When he was matched up with Anthony Davis, he was not annihilated, which was a victory in itself. Last time Davis was in Milwaukee he dropped in 43 points. AD still had a bunch of good looks at jumpers when Monroe or Plumlee couldn’t get out to him, but wasn’t hitting as often as he did last time he visited.

T. Ennis 8 MIN | 4-6 FG | 1-2 3FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -4 +/-

Ennis scored in a variety of ways. He connected on layups on three drives to the hoop on either side of the rim, one resulting in an and-1. He caught a pass in the left corner and drilled a three. He was productive when he got a chance. His minutes came, as usual, in the second quarter, but despite a productive stint, he didn’t get back on the court again until garbage time.

R. Vaughn 10 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 3FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -4 +/-

Played.

Two Things We Saw

  1. The Pelicans started Omer Asik, Toney Douglas, Dante Cunningham and Luke Babbit next to Anthony Davis. Milwaukee opened the game 18-10, which was about the least they could do.
  2. New Orleans made just six of their 29 3-point attempts and the Bucks outscored them in the paint 56-44. With a makeshift lineup on the second night of a back-to-back coming off an overtime game, New Orleans ran out of gas in the fourth quarter. Without any threes falling, they couldn’t hang with the Bucks at that point.

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  1. Bayless: ‘A bit of hesitation’? He elected not take an open three but to pass fake. But then after hearing the crowd’s disappointment, he changed his mind and took the three anyway. It was funny. And he actually dunked the ball after the steal, it wasn’t a layup. I also don’t think he struggled ‘early’, as he scored 8 points in the 1st quarter.