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From The Other Side: Otto Dangerfield Sinks the Bucks

Updated: December 27, 2016

Truth About It is a blog that primarily focuses on all things Washington Wizards. We have media credentials and that access allows for up-close coverage of games, practices, and other activities, irreverent and otherwise. But occasionally we use our access to explore what is going on with the opposing team the Wizards are facing. We call this segment, “From The Other Side,” and in today’s installment, @LedellsPlace focuses on how the Milwaukee Bucks coped with their 107-102 loss to the Washington Wizards.

From the opening tip, something seemed off with Milwaukee’s defense. The Bucks were not covering Otto Porter. It was as if they were intentionally leaving him wide open.

Jason Kidd’s team was so concerned with stopping John Wall and Bradley Beal, they seemed to forgot about Porter. Otto responded with 32 points on a wildly efficient 13-for-18 shooting (5-9 on 3s) to go with 13 rebounds. Kidd confirmed the obvious after the game.

“Porter, he hurt us tonight. It was something that we talked about too, making sure their role players didn’t have a good night. Porter had a big night.”

But how could a guy who was on fire get so many open looks? It was as if the Bucks didn’t respect Otto. Turns out that’s exactly what happened. Bucks rookie Malcolm Brogdon laid down some truth after the game:

“We haven’t respected [Otto] both games. We really concentrated on Beal and Wall and did a pretty good job. We need to show him more respect if we play them again. He’s hurt us two times.”

[Ed. Note: Washington and Milwaukee played the second game of a back-to-back on Monday. Porter scored 18 points on 7-for-8 shooting (4-5 on 3s) in the prior game last Friday.]


It’s strange to hear a rookie talk about Otto Porter the same way Kobe might talk about an opposing bench player who had a nice game, but it speaks to his unassuming character off the court and utility man role on it.

Brogdon will not have to wait very long to play Porter again. Washington and Milwaukee will meet on January 8. It will be their fourth meeting in 29 days.

A Somber Bucks Locker Room

With Milwaukee losing in disappointing fashion and catching a late-night flight to Detroit, I hurried to the visitor’s locker room after the final horn in case the players were rushing out of the Verizon Center. Turns out, I arrived a little too early. Jason Kidd and his coaching staff were still in the hall deconstructing the game and figuring out what to say to their players. It was not an upbeat gathering.

When it was time to talk, the quotes out of the Bucks locker room were reminiscent of the early days of John Wall — defensive lapses, miscommunications, and a failure to execute down the stretch.

Kidd even said the Wizards outmuscled the Bucks, which is a welcome change from the previous game when Milwaukee dominated the paint. Kidd said his team lacked patience and ball movement when the game got tight.

The fourth quarter meltdown, during which Washington erased a 10-point deficit with four 3-pointers, was on everyone’s mind. Jabari Parker described the team’s mindset in the final minutes in a manner befitting the sinking of the Titanic.

“We got really afraid. We couldn’t close the game.

“I think we fed off each other. Not a single person was real positive and that’s what led us to the loss. We panicked. We all looked at each other. We pointed the finger. Collectively we weren’t composed, we weren’t motivated.”

Giannis Antetokounmpo was a little more reserved. He laid the blame on the Bucks 3-point defense — or lack thereof: “I think we got to do a better job getting stops without giving a lot of 3s. That’s the game. We didn’t defend the 3-point line real well. That’s it.”

Kidd tried to stop the bleeding with a timeout when the Wizards pulled within four points after back-to-back 3-pointers from Porter and Beal with 6:47 left, but his warning fell on deaf ears:

“We were talking about in the timeout when we were up six and just gave up back-to-back 3s, we said, ‘no 3s. That’s the one way they can get back in the game’ and they used the 3 to get back in that fourth quarter.”

Each Porter and Beal would go on to hit big 3s down the stretch.

It was not all doom and gloom in the postgame locker room though. Jason Terry, who is in his 18th season in the NBA and has seen this all before, picked up the remote and put the Dallas Cowboys-Detroit Lions game on the big screen. I asked who he was rooting for. “Neither,” Terry replied. “I’m a Seahawks fan.”


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Adam grew up in the D.C. area and has been a Washington Bullets fan for over 25 years. He will not refer to the franchise as anything other than the Bullets unless required to do so by Truth About It editorial standards. Adam spent many nights at the Capital Centre in the ‘90s where he witnessed such things as Michael Jordan’s “LaBradford Smith game,” the inexcusable under-usage of Gheorghe Muresan’s unstoppable post moves, and the basketball stylings of Ledell Eackles.