Fielding only nine healthy players, the Bucks were unable to overcome Kenneth Faried and the Nuggets Thursday night.
After trading Gary Neal and Luke Ridnour Wednesday, the Bucks were going to be shorthanded. But after Brandon Knight was a late scratch due to a heel injury, it left the Bucks with Nate Wolters as their only healthy point guard. Wolters handled himself well, posting 12 points and five assists, but obviously he isn’t a starting point guard in this league. Caron Butler contributed a solid 17 points for the Bucks on mostly mid-range jumpers, but added little else in terms of help. John Henson out up a solid 12 points and 7 rebounds in 25 minutes, but it was mildly disappointing that he only took eight shots with Knight out. For Henson to grow he needs to be more assertive and demanding on the offensive end, especially considering how limited Milwaukee is offensive.
As mentioned above, Kenneth Faried led the Nuggets to this win. The Bucks had absolutely no answer for his athleticism and activity. He dropped 25 points on a fantastic 11/15 shooting. The Bucks were able to make some small runs with Faried out, but the second he came back in the Nuggets took over the game again. He was just too much for the Bucks to overcome in this game.
The loss drops Milwaukee to 10-44 on the season.
– OJ Mayo had a fantastic defensive series guarding Randy Foye in the corner where he tied his shoe the entire time. It ended predictably with an easy inside basket.
– Giannis had another inspector gadget game, including a few steals that led to dunks and some blocks. As has been the case all season, he remains the only reason to watch this team.
– Ersan Ilyasova remains terrible. At this point no one should be surprised, but it feels necessary to point out. The bucks would have been better off getting whatever they could out of him at the trade deadline, but obviously that didn’t happen. Maybe he truly is just hampered by injuries, but right now he’s really hard to watch.