It was another poor offensive showing for the Bucks, who lost to the Bulls 81-72 Friday night.
The Bucks were up 27-20 after a very hot shooting start in the first, but it was all downhill from there. The Bucks were unable to score more than 18 points in any of the remaining three quarters in what ended being a very forgettable game. This all against a Bulls team that at times seemed like they were trying to give this game away in the fourth; it was definitely a missed opportunity for the Bucks.
The Bulls were lead by Carlos Boozer, who had 19 points and 13 rebounds as well as one very loud primal scream after a foul near the basket. Former Buck Mike Dunleavy also had a good game, scoring 18 points on 6-10 shooting. He really heated up in the second quarter, where he made all three of his attempts from behind the arc. The Bulls as a team were more aggressive and got a ton of foul calls, leading to 39 attempts from the free throw line in the game, though they only made 27 of those attempts.
For the Bucks, it was a pretty bad performance for all involved. Ersan Ilyasova seems to finally be breaking out of his season long slump, hitting 6-13 shots for 14 points in the game. Unlike in previous contests, I can’t remember him missing horribly as he has been wont to do this season. It would be a nice lift for the Bucks if he’s finally broken out of the slump he’s been in. Luke Ridnour also had an okay game, including a pretty nifty behind the back pass to Brandon Knight off of an offensive rebound that led to a layup. He ended up with 14 points, eight assists, and five rebounds while leading the Bucks with 40 minutes played in the game.
Milwaukee travels to Oklahoma City tonight to play the Thunder at 7 pm CT. The loss drops the Bucks to 7-28 on the season.
– The Bucks took 26 more shots than the Bulls, but were out free-throwed (a word I just made up) by 27… So yeah, pretty much a wash
– As a team, Milwaukee shot 31.8%, which is pretty horrible. Mirslav Raduljica was the only Bucks player to shoot over 50% (he was 3-4 from the field)
– Giannis was aggressive in this game, but just couldn’t hit a shot, going 0-5 from the field. He only ended up playing 12 minutes in this one; its been a pretty rough three game stretch for the rookie
– Larry Sanders had trouble staying on the court, only playing 24 minutes and eventually fouling out at the end of the fourth quarter.