Brooklyn Nets vs. Milwaukee Bucks 12/3/16 Recap and Player Grades
The Brooklyn Nets lost the third game against the Milwaukee Bucks and both games of the home-and-home. Brooklyn falls to Milwaukee 112-103 to fall to 5-14 on the season. The win marks the fourth straight win for Milwaukee.
Brooklyn struggled yet again from the field in this one shooting under 40% yet again. The Nets shot 37.4% from the field and 11-41 from long range, a 26.8 clip. Brooklyn has shot over 40 three-pointers in back-to-back games, and neither night has provided anything fruitful.
Leading all scorers was Bojan Bogdanovic who scored 24 points on 8-17 shooting. For Milwaukee, big man John Henson led the way with 20 points. Sean Kilpatrick did not have a great night shooting as he was only 3-13. Skilpatrick, though, went 12-13 from the free-throw line, which helped him get to his 19 points.
Isaiah Whitehead had a mediocre game at best. Scoring only six points, Whitehead had no assists to accompany his points. Whitehead really does not seem to be an NBA-caliber point guard. He can play in this league, just not at point-guard.
Brooklyn got dominated, yet again, in points in the paint. Milwaukee won that battle 62-44, raising more concerns about Brooklyn’s big men. Trevor Booker did not play, giving Anthony Bennett the start. Bennett did not play terribly, but he is no Trevor Booker. Bennett scored seven points and snagged 14 rebounds. If Bennett can be a big-time rebounder like this all year, he deserves more minutes than he has been getting.
Grading the Players
Anthony Bennett gets an A tonight as he scored seven points and snagged 14 rebounds. Bennett put up Trevor Booker-esque numbers in his absence, maybe even a few more rebounds. Bennett, in limited action this year, took full advantage of this opportunity and showed Coach Atkinson he can totally ball.
Joe Harris also gets an A. Coming off of the bench, Harris scored 17 points on 7-12 shooting in 30 minutes of action. This is the production Nets fans have been waiting for from Harris, hopefully he can continue this hot hand.
Luis Scola (I know, right) gets a C. Scola is a lost acquisition and seems to be a waste of 4.5 million dollars for Brooklyn. Tonight, in Booker’s absence, Scola scored seven points in 11 minutes and snagged three rebounds and blocked a shot. Maybe this will get Scola more comfortable and back in the swing of things for the rest of the season?
Isaiah Whitehead gets a D for his assist-free performance. Six points, zero assists, and three rebounds is not a stat line for a starting point guard in this league. I have said it before and I will keep saying it, Whitehead should not be starting at point guard, not right now.
Brooklyn will have a day off before heading back home to Brooklyn to take on a surprisingly struggling Washington Wizards team. John Wall is just another elite point guard Brooklyn will need to take on without Jeremy Lin. Milwaukee stays where they are in Wisconsin to take on a challenging and dominant Spurs team.