The Milwaukee Bucks (35-37) fell to the Oklahoma City Thunder (54-20) on Saturday night, 109-99. It was the kind of score that many expected.
The Bucks gave the Thunder a hard fight throughout the game. Although they trailed by 10 to open the second half, the Bucks had committed just three turnovers in the first half and were playing spirited basketball.
Three Bucks bigs had double-doubles on Saturday night. Ersan Ilyasova led the way with 29 points (12-of-22 shooting) and 15 rebounds. Ekpe Udoh had his first career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Larry Sanders added 12 points and 10 boards.
The Bucks took a five point lead in the third quarter before being closed out by Kevin Durant. With ten games to go, the Bucks have a much brighter outlook than they did two games ago. Monta Ellis, has had a great second half to the season, Udoh and Daniels’ solid contributions tonight could help give them confidence down the stretch, and the front court of Ilyasova and Sanders are collectively playing their best basketball.
However, Brandon Jennings seems to have a problem.
After publicly complaining about not playing in the fourth quarter earlier this week, Jennings also sent out a tweet after the Lakers game.
His body language is sporadic and frustrated on the court. It seems like his mind is already wandering to his departure this offseason via free agency. The Bucks are only 3 games back from the Celtics for the seventh spot in the East. If they want to catch the Celtics, Jennings needs to get on board. Remember when Jennings had four games with 48 assists? He proudly declared that he knew all along he could pass like that, and that people doubted him.
His assist numbers have once again dwindled. Jennings has dished seven assists or less in five of his last six games.
Plain and simple, if the Bucks want to make a strong push for a higher seed and make a run in the postseason, Jennings needs to get on board.
The Bucks will play the Bobcats, T-Wolves, Knicks, Raptors, Heat, Magic, Hawks, Bobcats, Nuggets and Thunder for the remainder of the season. Unfortunately, it looks like the Bucks, realistically will go about 5-5. However, that’s why they play the games. Despite a loss, the Bucks have played inspired basketball. The only thing left is for the team to get everyone on board.
We’re waiting Brandon Jennings. Time’s almost up.