The Bucks are just working way too hard to try to get wins. And its painful to watch. Just brutal. Did you realize the Bucks needed 16.5 more “scoring attempts” (defined as FGAs + .5FTAs) than the Pacers the other night to beat them by a measly two points?? You just can’t live long like that.
I’m trying to figure out what the problem is. One definite issue is one that was brought up a month or so ago on the Harvard Sports blog. The Bucks never dunk the ball. Besides Bogut and Sanders, no one else finishes hard at the rim. Those are easy baskets lost.
Beyond that, I notice both Maggette and Salmons are way off their career numbers with “at the rim” shots. Perhaps the two are linked, I don’t know. Jennings is actually doing better at the rim, but much worse behind the three point line, so there is a trade-off. Ilyasova is hot and cold.
Basically the Bucks have to get Salmons going or look for other options. Corey Maggette should not be among those options. He is a black hole when it comes to ball movement, and a very poor defender.
Here is the updated Bucks Win Chart. Larry Sanders had his first bad game in a while, and his numbers dipped below the Mendoza Line. Ersan Ilyasova had a very good game. Now, the question with Ersan is, can he “stack successes” as Coach Mike McCarthy likes to say? That is his issue.