The Bucks overcame a 13-point deficit in the final seven minutes and forced a covered Danilo Gallinari into an airball on the Nuggets’ final possession.
It still wasn’t enough thanks to Kenneth Faried, whose putback gave Denver a 103-102 win.
I don’t know whether Greg Monroe or Greivis Vasquez deserves more blame here. Monroe moved toward Gallinari in case the Denver forward drove, and then it became Vasquez’s responsibility to check Faried. But Gallinari picked up his dribble, and Monroe slid back toward the basket. So, Vasquez recovered to his man in case of a pass, but Monroe didn’t pick up Faried.
What I know: Those aren’t the players I’d want to rely on for defense, and they clearly didn’t communicate well enough with each other.
Gallinari airballing, ironically, only made it easier for Faried to gather the ball and put it in the basket.