Milwaukee Bucks Game Review: Henson Lively as Bucks Win in Canada


John Henson gave the Bucks a spark that they sorely needed in the second quarter. Even better, he played enough defense to stick around for 22 minutes.

Henson finished with 19 points, six rebounds, and two blocks, often giving the Bucks the lack of inside touch that they missed in the first quarter where they fell behind by a 32-12 margin at one point.

The Bucks won, 107-96.

But the Bucks battled back, first with the bench and — in the fourth quarter — with the starters.  For the game, the Toronto bench made 2-of-18 field goals en route to a total of seven points.

Henson was better on defense, too.  His final play before getting subbed out in the fourth quarter was  the absorption of a vicious charging foul on Amir Johnson.  Henson is slowly playing his way up to defensive speed with smarter, quicker rotations.

Brandon Jennings tossed out eight of his ten assists in the second half.  The starters’ ball nonexistent movement in the first quarter eventually morphed into a well-balanced attack by the time the Bucks closed out the Raptors in the fourth quarter on a 17-5 run to close the game. One of Jennings’ assists was a twitch of an alley-oop pass to Larry Sanders for crowd-gasping dunk.

Sanders finished with 13 points and eight rebounds.  While he defended well in the paint as usual, the Raptors were occasionally able to bump him and Ersan Ilyasova around to fetch offensive rebounds.  Milwaukee had 24 defensive rebounds, while Toronto nabbed 17 offensive rebounds — 15 by their starters.

Luc Mbah a Moute finished with a +/- rating of -11.  Mike Dunleavy finished as a +22.  This stat is an accurate reflection of what happened in the game, especially in terms of ball movement and spacing.

Beno Udrih was also key in keeping the Bucks close in the first half, a half where he had five of his seven assists.  Until then, the Bucks were severely lacking in offensive continuity.

A few tweets:

Note the avi to be paired with an apt nickname for Larry Sanders. Is this the best nickname for Larry? It may be.

When I suggested that the Bucks may need a bench coup to revolt and supplant the starters, Jon came up with the perfect photoshop for the revolutionary leader, Beno Udrih’s +/-.

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