Sometimes, brevity says more about a game than an elaborate breakdown.
Playing on their home court Saturday night, the Milwaukee Bucks lost 105-100 to the Detroit Pistons. Like so many times this season, the Bucks dug themselves into an early double-digit hole.
They took a quarter and some change to catch up, pulling ahead going into the game's final quarter. However, Milwaukee relinquished a chance at victory when the team's biggest playmaking asset made a regrettable play when he was needed most.
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Brandon Jennings. Quite a strange game from the Bucks' most important player, who registered an airball heard round the NBA minutes after keeping the game within reach. Jennings needed 26 shots to score 27 points, relying on three pointers (4-10 3fg) and free throws (6-6) to get to that point (4-17 on two point shots). Conversely, he was a crucial part of the Bucks' crunch-time offense, throwing consecutive (impressive) ally-oops to Samuel Dalembert over the final two minutes, and tallying seven total assists for the game.
Samuel Dalembert. With 14 points (5-10 fg) and 12 boards, Dalembert extended his double-double streak to three games. Overall, Sammy D has been an average fill-in for Larry Sanders, crashing the offensive glass (5 orbs), but closing much slower on penetrating guards and quick-moving big men. This does beg the question: If Dalembert continues to produce like a backup center, do the Bucks, who already lack girth up front, keep him through the trading deadline?
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