Game 1: Milwaukee Bucks 97 New York Knicks 122 Grades & Reactions

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Oct 28, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd talks with referee Mike Callahan (24) during the third quarter against the New York Knicks at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Jason Kidd, D

  • The decision to start Bayless was a surprise to say the least, and as it transpired, it was clearly a mistake. Kidd could have run with an MCW/Vasquez backcourt who had seen the floor together during the pre-season. He could have gone with rookies Vaughn or Inglis who’d have offered a more natural spacing. He even could have started Henson and Monroe to counter Porzingis’ size. He started Bayless though.
  • Strange, strange rotations that reflected very little of what he’d given himself the chance to look at in pre-season. Why did JOB play six minutes more than Henson in the role of leading big off the bench? It’s probably best if we leave that unanswered.
  • There seemed to be a sense of just let the game play out and hopefully the result will look after itself from some of Kidd’s decisions. The starters blitzed the Knicks coming out of the gates, but when Kidd sat the majority of them mid-way through the first, he allowed New York to complete the bulk of a 15-0 run before bringing his starting unit back in. Poor opening night for Kidd.

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