The Sixers won! Sorry, this is a Bucks recap.
Without Dwayne Wade, Ray Allen, and Mario Chalemers the Heat did it with defense, holding the Bucks to just 67 points in their 21 points victory. The Bucks were smothered, making penetration by the likes of Brandon Knight and Ramon Sessions nearly impossible.
Sessions led all scorers with 15. Yeah, it was that kind of game.
Left with mostly jump shots, the Bucks struggled to score efficiently against the Heat. They shot 34% from the floor and only 29% from three. Knight (6-18, 1-7 from three) struggled to find his range outside the paint.
John Henson was a bright spot. In 30 minutes (!), he scored an efficient 12 points on 55% shooting to go with 10 boards. He was very active around the rim and was smooth with the ball. 8 of his 10 rebounds were of the offensive variety.
Also a bright spot, the Sixers won!
Although the Heat were able to get it done on the defensive side of the ball, they missed their injured backcourt offensively. LeBron James looked disinterested, and only scored 13 points on 10 shots. Chris Bosh led the Heat with 14 points on 10 shots, but only got to 5 rebounds. James shot 50% from the floor, but the rest of the team managed a lackluster 43%.
There was actually a lot to like from the Bucks tonight. See game notes.
Game Notes (see?):
- The Sixers won! They beat the Pistons by 25 (wow!)! Our own (old) Brandon Jennings was ejected in the first quarter. Since the Bucks lost we’re up (or down? not sure) 2.0 games!
- Giannis toughed out a sore ankle and played 21 minutes. His stat line was pretty pathetic (1pt/2ast/4rebs/1blk), but I thought he looked athletic and involved for the first time in a while.
- Brandon Knight was on the right side of a poster (above), blocking The Birdman Chris Andersen at the rim. Henson rebounded a transition miss on the other end and finished the highlight.
- D.J. Stephens got his first minutes in the NBA. His first points came fittingly on a break away dunk. He scored 5 points in 11 minutes and showed that he might have some value beyond dunking, showing some smooth ball handling and fluid moves going toward the basket. He showed flashes of potential defensively, but was more or less lost on that end.
- Miroslav Raduljica played for only the 6th time this month.
- Knight looks tired and happy to defer to guys like Sessions. Dude deserves a long offseason. Even a tired Brandon only turned the ball over once tonight in 38 minutes. I love the progression there.
The Bucks take on those recently embarrassed Pistons on Monday.