Warriors’ Perimeter Defense Dooms Them In Loss Against Milwaukeee

Mar 9, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Monta Ellis (11) drives to the hoop against the Golden State Warriors in the second quarter at ORACLE arena. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The title pretty much sums up the Warriors’ night. It was yet another night of horrid defense, as the Bucks burned them with 103 points, with a backcourt of Ellis and Jennings combining for 57 whopping points. Without Lee, the Warriors just looked helpless out there in the second half. Their offense went cold, and their defensive problems continued. The only good to come of this night was that the Rockets lost. The Bucks beat the Warriors by a final score of 103-93.

In the first quarter of this game, the Warriors were looking really good early, and playing good defense. With guys like Klay Thompson getting off to a hot start, they were more than ready to provide a scoring threat against their old frenemy. It was funny because Monta Ellis got the respect he deserved as a Buck, not a Warrior. The Warriors offense really rolled, and they lead 28-24 at the end of the first.

The second quarter is where the Bucks started to heat up. Although the Warriors were shooting really well from the perimeter, the Bucks were as well. Despite some questionable calls, the Warriors were able to maintain a slim lead. By halftime, the Bucks had it down to 1, at 48-47.

The Bucks came charging out of the gates to start the second half and went on a 11-4 run. From then on, it was all Bucks. Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis exploded for over 25 points in the third. Offensive rebounds and turnover were really killing the Warriors. The Bucks were hitting 30 foot shots, without contest, of course. The Bucks lead 77-70 at the end of the third.

In the fourth quarter, despite a couple of pushes from the Warriors, it was more of the same. The Warriors would turn the ball over, but get a stop. Then, they would miss a shot. Right on que, however, the Bucks would hit a three. They extended their lead to 9 with 2:44 remaining in the ball game. At that point, the Warriors were done for the night.

The Warriors’ next game is against the Knicks at home. It’s going to be a tough one, but they’ll be lucky to have David Lee back in the starting lineup.

Topics: Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks

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