After seeing the Nets get blown out by the Knicks at home on Thursday night, it was reasonable to assume that the Bucks could win this game. But it was not to be for the Bucks, who fell to the Nets 90-82 on Saturday night. It was evident very early in the game that the Bucks (who were without Zaza Pachulia) had no match inside for Brook Lopez. The Nets big man absolutely destroyed Milwaukee, going 11-13 from the field and 10-11 from the free throw line en route to a 32 point scoring night. Whether it was John Henson, Epke Udoh, or Miroslav Raduljica, Lopez was able to over power or out maneuver the Bucks down low. If there’s one thing that can be taken away from this game, it’s this: the Bucks don’t have a star player like this that can put the team on his back, and because of that they truly are the worst team in the NBA.
Player of the Game
Fans have been asking for more Henson in games and it appears Larry Drew is going to oblige them. Henson played 34 minutes in the game, and for the most part handled himself well. As mentioned above he was badly outmatched versus Brook Lopez, but that had less to do with skill and more to do with body type. It seems improbable that he will bulk up that much more over the course of his career, and as such we just need to live with the fact that he’ll always be at a disadvantage against bigger centers/power forwards in the post. But on the offensive end he looked pretty good and had a fantastic tip slam in semi transition during the third quarter. He ended up with 18 points and seven rebounds; all in all a solid game from the big man.
Not So Much…
I have to admit I’m baffled as to why Udoh gets as many minutes as he does. He might be the worst rebounding big man in the league, and lacks any sort of offensive game. Now the injuries to Sanders and Pachulia basically force him into the rotation for this game, but overall one would hope his minutes decrease (unless, you know, tanking). In this game he provided very little, was completely helpless against Lopez, and of course didn’t rebound well. Not a good game for him.