The game wasn’t pretty as the Bucks fell to the Pacers 104 – 77. Without four starters (Caron Butler, Bandon Knight, Ersan Ilyasova, and Larry Sanders), the Bucks were just no match for the more talented Pacers team. By the end of the first quarter the Bucks were down by eight points and it never got much closer than that for the rest of the game. The Bucks were lead in scoring by OJ Mayo with 20 points, but it took him 17 shots to get there. The team as a whole shot 34 percent from the field and only Giannis Antetokounmpo shot above 50 percent (2-2 from the floor). Roy Hibbert was superb in the Pacers win, finishing with 24 points on 8 of 10 shooting, 10 rebounds, and eight blocks. Milwaukee dropped to 2-6 for the season while the Pacers remained undefeated at 9-0.
Player of the Game
It’s hard to say that anyone had a good game against the Pacers, but in having to choose someone Wolters had arguably the best game of any other player on the team. He continued to limit his turnovers, finishing with just two on the game while compiling five assists by the end of the night. It really is amazing how well Wolters controls the offense and is able to limit mistakes. He still has a lot of work to do on other parts of his offensive game, mainly working on his jump shot. But for now it’s nice to see a young player contributing to the team.
Neal finished the game shooting 3-5 from three, which is pretty good, right? Only problem was the other nine shots that he missed and the generally terrible defense he played all night. There was also the magical four-minute sequence in the fourth quarter where he had three offensive fouls, a clear-path foul, and capped it off with a turnover. The moral of the story is that when Gary Neal is shooting threes he’s not that bad of a player, but if he’s asked to basically anything else, well, not so much.
– Zaza Pachulia went full on Zydrunas Ilguaskas on a few possessions during the game, mastering the tip and miss multiple times on the same possession technique. This explains how he managed to finish with nine offensive rebounds
– Paul George had a great sequence in the 3rd quarter in which he made three step back jumpers on three straight possessions. Pretty cool, you know, unless you’re a Bucks fan