But at least this felt better. The loss to Portland had me very distraught and at a loss for what the Bucks woes could all be. Being an optimistic fan I told myself, “Shots aren’t falling and when shots don’t fall the team looks worse in every phase, defense, rebounding, effort and intensity”. I think it can be similar in baseball, a team can be trying as hard has possible but if they are not getting hits they look lifeless to the fans. Either way, this was not the case on Wednesday as the Bucks put together their best overall effort of the season but came up short against an Eastern Conference favorite.
- Overall intensity, this looked like the Bucks again from the second quarter on.
- Defense and rebounding, they were both there and a big reason the Bucks stuck around.
- Andrew Bogut, Ersan Illyasova and Carlos Delfino were the Bucks most responsible for team’s ability to hang around all night. Whether it was a big shot or a big rebound these three carried the load.
- Brandon Jennings late in the game. He was very good late in the fourth quarter when execution was critical and came up with a big steal and score when the Bucks really needed it.
- Watching Rajon Rondo. Even in a loss it is entertaining watching Rondo play, he makes several WOW plays every game.
- Listening to Hubie Brown do a game. He is still very good.
- Brandon Jennings first three quarters. -16 says all you need to know. When Rondo had a chance he went right at Jennings for nearly uncontested layups and Jennings was worse on offense.
- Drew Gooden and John Salmons. I would be all for playing Ersan and Mbah a Moute at the 4 BIG minutes and going with Delfino and Maggette on the floor at the same time. Maggette has his issues but at least gets to the line.
- That Keyon Dooling and Luc Mbah a Moute did not get more minutes. They both played very good defense and were on the floor for a couple solid Buck runs.
- 1-4 record. It was a good effort by the Bucks and more important than a win or loss is maybe Skiles is getting a feel for how he can disperse the minutes. Either way this at least looked like the Bucks team we love instead of the crapfest we saw on Tuesday but the team needs to start getting some wins before it digs itself too big of a hole.
Next Up: Friday @ Indiana, Saturday vs New Orleans