Dec 19, 2012; Memphis, TN, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Monta Ellis (11) drives in for a shot against Memphis Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay (22) at the FedEx Forum. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Milwaukee Bucks Game Review: Memphis Grizzlies 90, Bucks 80

1-14.

Those numbers paint a much clearer story than the final score.  Monta Ellis took 14 shots and hit only one. The shots were every bit as ugly as the math.

The Bucks made their lone appearance on national television for the regular season and they won’t be invited back anytime soon.

Memphis gave Milwaukee every opportunity to stay competitive: They missed four dunks.  They didn’t hit a three-pointer until the third quarter — despite a ton of open looks.  The Grizzlies turned the ball over 16 times and shot 41% for the game.

The Bucks took that low bar and dropped it three notches.

Both Ellis and Jennings grabbed the spotlight in the first half — and promptly melted in it. The pair combined to take 22 shots in the first half and made three. Ellis of course missed all ten of his shots. Jennings threw in a pair of misses on his two free-throw attempts. It wasn’t a performance that would leave a TV audience dying for more. Instead, just dying.

The Bucks were able to weather their struggling guard tandem for a quarter. Despite making only six field goals in the period, a pair of late three-pointers by Ersan Ilyasova and Mike Dunleavy gave the Bucks a one-point lead after one.

Brandon Jennings took 26 shots and scored 26 points.  His shot selection leaves a lot to be desired, not only because he favors sliding, leaning jump shots off the dribble, but also because those shots — often made before the first hint of a pass — lay the rest of his team’s offense to waste.

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