|Ekpe Udoh, PF 26 MIN | 2-4 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | -13Udoh and Sanders did a fine job on the initial defense, but they couldn’t stop the second chance opportunities. The Spurs shot poorly in the first quarter, but they kept it close because of their offensive rebounds. That was the only sustainable thing from the first quarter.|
|Larry Sanders, C 17 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 4 PTS | -3The Spurs got Sanders into foul trouble early. Their passes are too crisp. Their guards are too quick. Everyone moves off the ball too well. Sanders couldn’t get in good enough help position every time effectively erase everyone else’s mistakes. Because the Spurs are so sharp on offense, it’s hard to see this game as a referendum on Sanders as a starter, but it’s not looking good.|
|Monta Ellis, PG 38 MIN | 5-19 FG | 10-11 FT | 7 REB | 11 AST | 21 PTS | -3On the most basic level, these are great stats. But it’s like they happen in a vacuum. The long twos do nothing to create space for teammates. The silly drives were respected at first, but weren’t of much use late in the game as the Spurs paid more attention to the shooters around him.|
|Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 19 MIN | 2-5 FG | 5-6 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | -15Moute looks fine. He’s not 100 percent where he was on defense, but the Bucks are going to form a super defense/terrible offense very soon of Sanders/Udoh/Moute/Daniels. It will be glorious.|
|Ersan Ilyasova, SF 30 MIN | 7-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 17 PTS | -15Ilyasova looked good in the first half. The Spurs left him wide open as they decided to cover Ellis on several drives. This lead to some easy, open midrange jumpers. They switched up their tactics in the second half and kept a man on him. He wasn’t a factor in the second half.|
One Thing We Saw
- There are times when I can see how the Bucks are going to lose. Here’s what was sustainable from the first half: the Spurs rebounding. Here’s what was unsustainable from the first half: the Bucks great shooting and the Spurs poor three-point shooting. That was all she wrote as both teams shooting regressed to the mean and the Spurs’ rebounding kept up.