Fumbling with the fundamentals: Spurs 117 – Bucks 110

San Antonio Spurs 117 FinalRecap | Box Score 110 Milwaukee Bucks
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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

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13 Comments

  1. Damn shame that this game means Henso will probably play 1 minute in the next game and then consecutive DNP-CD’s after that according to the Skiles rookie management system.. getting pretty tired and annoyed to keep asking for Jon and Tobias to get playing time(hard to believe that Daniels is a better SF)

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  3. Tony, what would’ve earned John Henson an A- or A? I just want to pick your brain a little bit on it… :)

    • This was my first game recap and I’ll let you know now. I’m stingy with the “A’s.” In this case, a WIN may have gotten him there. He was great but a good performance in a losing effort is worth a little less to me. Great game though.

  4. With Henson having a really good game I hope he starts him on friday against Houston instead of just playing him 1 minute like he did last time. I think a starting lineup of Jennings-Ellis-Moute-Henson-Sanders could work. It could be a big confidence boost for Henson.

  5. Hey Tony, Can you elaborate a little more on Skiles and Henson having a “good week” together? What have they worked on specifically in order to get Jon on the court because, all stats aside, he shows up to play against good teams when he gets minutes.

    • Charlie. In the postgame interview, Henson mentioned that he needs to “dive to the basket” to be successful in this system. Rather than float around the basket waiting for the ball or someone else to score, he was more assertive down low. Perhaps this is what happened in last week’s practices.

      • Henson had that fabulous game and then his production dropped off, so he lost his start. Was impressed with his play last night and oh what fun if he has found another level of play to compete in the NBA. Sanders didn’t suddenly become a defensive threat. He has worked at it and has been coached. Henson has an offensive touch that is so smoooooth. I hope he has reach another plateau and is able to play from there and reach the next plateau.

  6. Ok, so Brandon had 31. and he probably will have 30 plus a few more times this season. But how about concentrating on this: 14-15 points. 9-10 assists. And 3 or less turnovers EVERY night. Why? Because these are realistic night to night #’s that Brandon can achieve.

    One other thing. How about actually trying to stay in front of your guy for more than 2 seconds on each defensive posession? I’m sure the front line guys would appreciate it greatly.

    • I totally agree. He doesn’t need 31 each night so you’re right on that part. Other than that, again, he was a victim of the P&R and only 5 assists and 5 turnovers. He shot 13 of 26 to get those points as well. A B- was adequate. I think I’m focused on the right things here.

      • In all fairness to BJ, he averages 2.5 TO, so last night was twice his average.
        Ellis & BJ seem to be taking turns either scoring or assisting. Last week Ellis was scoring. Last night he had some great assists and BJ was scoring. We want BJ & Ellis to be more efficient and BJ shot 13-26, 4-4 F.T and 2 blocks? LOL Too bad they had such a bad start and had to play from behind, but there were some good things in that game last night.