The first game of 2013 will prove to be a tough one, as the San Antonio Spurs bring their fancy 25-8 record and their multiple hall- of- famers to the BMO Harris Bradley Center tonight. This will be the last time the Milwaukee Bucks will face the Spurs this season, with the first matchup going decidedly in San Antonio’s favor. The Spurs have also come off of two blowout victories against Dallas and Brooklyn and are currently on a seven-game winning streak.
The Bucks are aboard that roller-coaster we’ve all grown accustomed to. You know, the one that operates without the use of any momentum? (See what I did there)?
Bucks defense vs. The rest of San Antonio.
Thinking that the Bucks backcourt is going to keep Tony Parker in front of them or that anyone will be able to keep Manu Ginobili’s crazy offensive arsenal or Tim Duncan’s fundamentals at bay is fooling themselves. Where the Bucks can thrive in is keeping players like Kawhi Leonard, Gary Neal, and Matt Bonner in check. Limiting the role player’s effectiveness tonight is the most simple way to neutralize the Spurs attack, because the Bucks just don’t have the manpower to compete with San Antonio’s big three.
Bucks: What to watch for
This game isn’t about a single player, although it would be nice to see someone other than Monta Ellis put a string of effective games together. What will be the most intriguing part of this game is which Bucks team decides to show up. Are we going to get the inspired, crisp, and energetic team we all saw handle the Miami Heat with relative ease in front of a sellout crowd? Or are we going to see the lifeless, lead-footed, 9-seed quality team?
I’d like to say that we would be treated to the former, but you never know with this team. Maybe that’s why the Bucks have the fourth-lowest attendance in the NBA.
Spurs: What to watch for
This marks Stephen Jackson’s glorious return to Milwaukee after being shipped off in the Ellis-Bogut trade. Simply put, Jackson didn’t exactly enjoy his time here. When asked about why he was so unhappy in Milwaukee, Jackson offered this:
“I just wanted to be around a positive organization that’s used to winning and plays the game the right way. Milwaukee, they’re not used to winning. I just wasn’t going to go for it at the end of my career. It just wasn’t a good situation for me. I didn’t want to be a part of no rebuilding team.”
Whether it was the culture, Scott Skiles, or Jackson being a baby, the return and the reception of Captain Jack should be something worth noting.
When and where?
Game will be televised on FSN-WI, with tipoff slightly after 7.
Something to think about
Did you ever notice how about every 13.4 seconds in the BMHOBC, you hear “EVERYBODY CLAP YOUR HANDS?” It’s highly obnoxious, right? Well today on Grantland, Zach Lowe expressed the same concerns on this exact phenomenon that seems to be infesting every NBA arena.
I challenge anyone who reads this and then watches the game to count how many times this prompt is played. I will try my best to do this, as I am attending. I also just might stuff napkins in my ears the whole night.
I may be foolish, but I think the fans will be treated to the quality Bucks team tonight. However, too much of San Antonio’s big three will allow them to sneak out of Milwaukee with a well-earned victory. Final score: San Antonio 104, Milwaukee 100.