The Milwaukee Bucks led wire to wire en route to a commanding 109-94 win over the Brooklyn Nets in the Barclays Center. The Milwaukee Bucks are now 6 games over .500 for the first time since 2015.
1. John Henson was spectacular today, to say the least. J-Hook racked up 19 points, 18 boards, 3 assists and 2 blocks in what was his best game of the season. He brought the energy from the opening tip and was rewarded by his teammates with easy looks at the rim. In 30 minutes, Henson went an efficient 8-14 from the floor, including 3 (!!!) dead-eye midrange jumpers. He finished the game with a team-high plus-22. He’s played more consistent this year, especially the last 2 weeks. When he plays well, the Bucks are a way better team.
2. Welcome back, Eric Bledsoe. After being hampered by an ankle injury for the latter part of a week, he showed no signs of the ankle issue today. The “Bledshow” got whatever he wanted and scored 28 points, dished out 6 assists and corralled 4 rebounds. He hit 12-20 shots and found a lot of success because most of his jumpers were in rhythm. Bledsoe has been scrutinized over the last weeks, but let’s not forget that he’s been bothered by an ankle injury. This was a terrific bounce-back performance by the speedy point guard.
3. Tony Snell, where art thou? Snell was abysmal, to say the least, today. He didn’t score in 31 minutes of play and went 0-4 from the floor. Snell has totally cratered in recent weeks, only averaging a meager 7.2 points per game while shooting 45% from the field. However, Snell impacts the game in more ways than one and his impact on the defensive end cannot be understated. Even with the goose egg, Tony Snell still ended up finishing plus-19 today.
4. The Bucks actually outrebounded their opponent! Milwaukee killed Brooklyn on the boards, grabbing 54 boards compared to only 36 by the Nets. The Bucks are one of the worst rebounding teams in the NBA, so anytime they outrebound an opponent is a win within itself. Anchored by the efforts of John Henson, the Bucks did a great job of team rebounding today.
5. Jabari Parker looks excellent. After tearing his ACL for the second time, JP has come back looking for vengeance. In 17 minutes, he finished with 11 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists and 2 blocks while shooting 2-4 from the field. Jabari is in the best shape of his life, and the athleticism he possesses is off the charts. He was aggressive on offense, leading to him drawing fouls and shooting 6-6 from the free throw line. He’s also improved defensively from last season, although it’s still a work in progress, these last 2 games have been very encouraging. Jabari Parker brings a whole new dynamic to this Bucks team, and he’s only going to get better as his role increases.