Fumbling with the fundamentals: Spurs 117 – Bucks 110
|Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 19 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-4 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -3
He did solid work containing Kawhi Lenoard and Danny Green throughout most of the night. Outside of that and his nine boards, there was nothing special about his performance tonight.
|Larry Sanders, C 23 MIN | 2-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | -19
Going up against the savvy Tim Duncan, I didn’t expect too much out of Larry tonight. He gave his 23 minutes and came out of the game with nine boards, four blocks and six points. It would’ve been nice to see Sanders be a little more assertive on the offensive end. He took four shots in his 22 minutes of play.
|Monta Ellis, PG 39 MIN | 7-18 FG | 4-6 FT | 1 REB | 8 AST | 18 PTS | -4
Eighteen points. Eighteen shot attempts. That’s what it took for Ellis to get his points against San Antonio. He was surprisingly efficient when he played at PG for a resting Brandon Jennings. He finished with eight assists and three turnovers.
|Brandon Jennings, PG 44 MIN | 13-26 FG | 4-4 FT | 0 REB | 5 AST | 31 PTS | -14
Sure he finished with 31 points. The problem with this performance was that his assists were down and he had five turnovers. He was also victimized by Tony Parker and the pick & roll. Every time Parker would beat Jennings off the screen, it created opportunities for Tim Duncan who had a big night.
|Marquis Daniels, SG 21 MIN | 1-4 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 5 PTS | -7
He’s still starting. That’s about it.
|John Henson, PF 23 MIN | 10-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 20 PTS | +7
Impressive night for the rookie. He was like a younger version of Duncan out there. He showed off the (lefty) hook, he was hitting the mid-range shots, he was rebounding and did well defensively. Henson had it all tonight.
|Mike Dunleavy, SF 37 MIN | 7-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 19 PTS | -8
More often than not, Dunleavy is going to give you a solid night scoring silently. Tonight was one of those nights. Dunleavy’s hot hand from mid-range and beyond eventually began to create opportunities for his teammates down low.
Two Things We Saw
- John Henson seemed to have it all together against the Spurs. Skiles said Henson was coming off of a good week in practice and it showed on the court.
- Going up against one of the more fundamentally sound teams in San Antonio, the Bucks were very sloppy. Milwaukee’s 24 assists were nullified by their 16 turnovers, which got them in a 23-point hole at one point.