Milwaukee Bucks’ John Henson Solid in Loss to Orlando Magic
The Milwaukee Bucks lost a tough game to the Orlando Magic in overtime in a contest that had its fair share of thrills. The Bucks took two huge blows on the injury front, but at least they know rookie power forward John Henson is ready for the NBA playoffs.
Orlando’s Tobias Harris showed his old team that they made a huge mistake trading him as he posted a team-high 30 points and 19 rebounds in the 113-103 victory. Meanwhile, Milwaukee’s shooting guard J.J. Redick, who was dealt by the Magic at the trade deadline, recorded 16 points in a slow night for him.
The bigger news is most definitely starting point guard Brandon Jennings and center Larry Sanders leaving the game in the first half with injuries. Jennings suffered a left Achilles strain, while Sanders dealt with a lower back issue after taking a hard fall on the court. Both players were unable to suit up for the second half. The extent of their injuries is unknown, but they should be healthy enough to finish out the season as they are currently listed as day-to-day.
The Bucks certainly have to be proud of Henson filling in gracefully. The 22-year-old recorded 17 points, a career-high 25 rebounds and seven blocks in 41 minutes, by far the most time he has spent on the court this season. The fact that Henson showcased his talents at this time of year is certainly a sign of good things to come. Hopefully, Milwaukee’s interim head coach Jim Boylan will utilize these talents against the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs.
Henson is averaging 5.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 0.5 blocks and 11.3 minutes per game while shooting 48.2 percent from the field this season.