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Feb 24 2014

How Did Milwaukee Score 130 Points?

Milwaukee Bucks 130 Final
Recap | Box Score
110 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 34 MIN | 11-19 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 7 AST | 6 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 28 PTS | -4Watching Thad Young play on a team destined to lose is getting sadder by the day. While Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes were granted exile, Young remains, the best player on an otherwise dilapidated roster. You’re just not going to find many guys who will chase down players on fast breaks with their team down 20+ points to the league’s worst team. Round of applause for his effort tonight.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 34 MIN | 7-11 FG | 6-9 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 5 TO | 20 PTS | +6One of the best offensive performances from MCW as of late. A lot of that has to do with the opponent, but it was nice to see him repeatedly get to the rim and get clean looks at the basket. Even his jumpers came on open catch and shoot opportunities, a welcome change from his occasional dose of contested Js.

Tony Wroten, SG Shot Chart 30 MIN | 9-15 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | -10To borrow from A Tale of Two Cities, it was the best of times and the worst of times with Sir Wroten against Milwaukee. Much like Carter-Williams he consistently got into the paint, but had issues finishing once there, most notably on a pair of missed dunks in the first half. His speed continues to be blinding, and with refinery he can likely become a solid contributor going forward.

Henry Sims, C Shot Chart 20 MIN | 1-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -15Sims was attentive in finding his man on rebounds, but it may be his words that will leave a positive first impression. Molly Sullivan overheard the new Sixer in the huddle telling his teammates, “we gotta get back baby, we gotta get back,” late in the game with his team down by almost 30. If nothing else, this sounds like the type of character Hinkie and Co. want around.

Byron Mullens, C Shot Chart 14 MIN | 4-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | -8Just a magnificent display of tanking. Air-balled threes in transition, perfect passes bouncing off his hands, getting left in the dust on defense, this one had it all. Grade slips just a tad because if Hinkie wanted to have a mole on the team, he should have made it a little less obvious.

By The Numbers

  • 92.6 – The Bucks scoring average entering the game
  • 130 – The amount of points scored by the Bucks

Quote of the Game

“………………” -Guy sleeping in baseline seats during the second half (pictured below)

Tweet of the Game

Parting Shots

That was… something. The Bucks got rolling in the second quarter and it went completely downhill from there. Wednesday’s game against the Magic is the most winnable game left on the schedule – could the Sixers possible lose out the rest of the season? Odds are that they’ll steal a win or two, but losing this badly to a team that had won just 10 games entering the contest is enough to make you think about it. This is going to be a tough way to end the year for fans of the franchise, but a necessary step toward returning to prominence.

  • robbybonfire23

    How did Milwaukee score 130 points? Maybe they are not tanking, maybe they are just awful – except when playing a team that is tanking.

  • robbybonfire23

    Seriously, I have been thinking about fast-break defensive strategy, lately, and came up with what might be a workable idea to cut off the fast-break, completely. Whether you are at a game or just watching game videos, notice that offensive players tend to gravitate toward the offensive basket, looking for an offensive rebound, soon as a teammate shoots the ball.

    I say, how about trying this… The instant a teammate takes a shot, from any vantage point on the court, the other four players begin retreating toward their own (defensive) basket, rather than advancing toward the offensive basket. Two things here. First, if the shot is made, and 40%+ it will be, the movement toward the offensive basket is wasted. Second, in any given game there are about three times more DR’s recorded than OR’s. Three/fourths of the remaining 60 per cent in play = 45 %. So that, adding 40 per cent and 45 per cent, it seems that about 85 per cent of the time no offensive rebound is in play for a follow-up shot.

    Therefore, for the players on the offensive team to begin back-tracking immediately upon a shot being taken, and cut off the fast-break in the process, figures as the best percentage play in that situation. Fast-break points allowed can kill you a lot more than points scored on offensive rebounds can help you – to where it is no contest, the weighing and balancing of the two. You look at how offensive players converge on the basket when a shot is taken, and you will start to appreciate how teams can better deploy their on-court personnel, here, via prevention beating “cure.”

  • robbybonfire23

    Here’s a headline for you: “Wiggins leads all scorers as #8 Kansas beats Texas.” Well, he went 5-14 (36%) from the floor, scoring a whopping 15 points, to go with his usual ZERO big game assists, now making eight major program opponents against which he has logged a goose egg in the assist department. I mean, why he came up empty in the assist department vs. Duke, Villanova, Colorado, Florida, Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas State and Texas, is not a mystery? This young man is a “Me First – Team Last” fraud, purely and simply.

    Meanwhile, two nights ago, the best guard is the college ranks in America, Delon Wright, went 7-7 from the floor (23 points scored on zero missed FGA’s), to go with 9 Defensive Rebounds! You can check hundreds of box scores from this season before you will find a PG with 9 DR’s, if you do find one. But let’s take Wiggins in this draft anyway, what the heck, he’s the best media fawning Public Relations pick out there.

    • hk99

      robby,

      According to the box score that I read and just re-read, Wiggins was 7-12 from the field for 21 points in the win against Texas. He also recorded 6 rebounds (4 on the defensive end) and 0 assists.

      • robbybonfire23

        You are correct re the stats vs. Texas. The stats I quoted are from the Oklahoma game, played last night (Feb. 24th.) So yes, let us give Wiggins credit for one of his best performances of the year, just recently, vs. Texas.

        Same as I should cite Delon Wright having a poor overall game vs. Arizona, a team he should have come up big against, this past weekend. I really try to be objective at all times, and give credit where it is due, and take all of these people to task, where they under-achieve.