Monday, November 4th, 2013 at 10:40 am  |  7 responses

Larry Sanders Frustrated With Late-Game Minutes

The Milwaukee Bucks rewarded forward Larry Sanders with a $44 million deal this offseason, but they still don’t quite trust him at crunch time. Sanders isn’t thrilled with head coach Larry Drew’s rotations when things get tight. Per NBA.com: “Through Milwaukee’s first three games, his production is down significantly: 2.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 17.3 minutes, compared to last season’s 9.8, 9.5, 2.8 and 27.3. After taking an average of 8.5 shots and making about half (50.6) in 2012-13, he has shot 4-for-16 so far, in a mixed bag of jump hooks, short jumpers and layups. Sanders has been the opposite of smooth, offensively, looking at times like he’s wrestling a lawn chair. And in his view, he hasn’t broken enough of a sweat to do much better. He played 21:37 in the Bucks’ 97-90 loss to Toronto Saturday at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, contributing four points, four boards and one block. ‘I feel like I’m capable of being in the game at the end and helping my team win, coming up with blocks and rebounds,’ Sanders said before exiting the locker room swiftly. ‘I haven’t been able to get my rhythm out there. I understand foul trouble situations, but tonight I wasn’t in foul trouble. Last year I finished so many games. I feel like that’s when I lock in the most. But I haven’t been able to get in the game to finish. That carries over to the next game. When you sit the last three quarters of each game, I can’t have no carryover. And it’s hard for me. I’m still a young player. It’s only my eighth year playing basketball.’ [...] Drew’s lineup in the fourth quarter Saturday primarly was O.J. Mayo and rookie point Nate Wolters in the backcourt, Khris Middleton, John Henson and 18-year-old project Giannis Antetokounmpo up front. That group, over the first 6:07 of the quarter, erased Toronto’s 12-point lead, getting the Bucks even at 85-85. Drew subbed in Caron Butler for Middleton, who had missed a pair of free throws and a couple layups, over the final 3:04. Milwaukee got no closer than three. ‘Throughout the game,’ Drew said, ‘I just didn’t feel like we put a burst together, where we were really moving and flying around. So I elected to go smaller in the fourth quarter, move Khris to the four and Giannis to the three, and it got us going. At that point, I was really going to ride that group.’ Said Sanders: ‘That makes sense. But it’s not that group – Caron goes in. It’s about trust. Who you trust down the stretch, that’s who you’re going to play.’”

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  • ATL dynamite

    2 blocks in 17 mins? He’s a Reggie Evans in blocks

  • danpowers

    dude, stop commiting unnecessary fouls and you’ll see more minutes. plain and simple

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    maybe it’s because Larry Drew is a terrible coach.

  • spit hot fiyah

    thumbs down?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    eh, he’s committing dumb fouls, but it really only figures out to 3 a game. if fouling was the issue, it still doesn’t make sense why Drew doesn’t get the most out of him. just let him foul out, let him keep himself off the court….if he’s someone you really want playing.
    or, Drew just doesn’t want Sanders playing. He makes weird decisions all the damn time. Nate Wolters leads that team in minutes bro. That’s how weird Drew’s decision making is.

  • danpowers

    hm i cant judge his decisionmaking but when you say so i’ll trust your judgement.

    lol @ wolters. i benefit from that in a depper league so thats a nice fantasy gift by drew after i pulled some low end scrubs in the draft .

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