The Bucks laid a dinosaur egg last night. The Spurs doubled them up in the first quarter, 32-16. Tim Duncan outscored the Bucks starters by himself.
To say that their effort was shaky would be an understatement. O.J. Mayo, Khris Middleton, Ekpe Udoh and Brandon Knight combined for a grand total of 3 rebounds in 69 minutes of play. (Duncan had 16 in 24 minutes.) So if there’s a consolation to be had, it lies (as it has mostly lay for the whole season) in the play of the young players, specifically Giannis Antetokounmpo.
With the starters playing underwhelming basketball, head coach Larry Drew used Antetokounmpo for a career-high 33 minutes and Giannis responded in kind with a career-best 15 points. Nate Wolters also netted had a career-high in points: 18.
The youngsters responded with an energy that the starters lacked. And although it came in the trashiest moments of garbage time, the last 30 seconds of the video below are truly stunning.
If the 2013-14 NBA draft was re-held tonight, how many players get drafted before Giannis?
(Correction: The original version listed had the incorrect list of rebounders and total.)