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This happened a lot. It wasn’t a very sound strategy for the Bucks.  (Photo by D. Clarke Evans/NBAE via Getty Images)

 

Milwaukee Bucks 82 Final
Recap | Box Score
110 San Antonio Spurs
Ersan Ilyasova, PF Shot Chart 19 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -5

Remember those three games when he looked good after his ankle injury? The puzzling shooting inconsistency that’s plagued Ersan throughout his career has reared its head once again and when he’s not scoring he loses all value.

Larry Sanders, C Shot Chart 21 MIN | 4-8 FG | 2-4 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 4 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | -5

Committing only two personal fouls was an achievement of its own – and both of those came in a five-second stretch guarding Tim Duncan. Otherwise, there wasn’t much to extrapolate against a performance that came largely against San Antonio’s backups.

Luke Ridnour, PG Shot Chart 11 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -10

Ridnour hurt his wrist on the last play of the first quarter and did not return.

Brandon Knight, PG Shot Chart 32 MIN | 8-16 FG | 3-3 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 21 PTS | -14

He seems to be the only player for the Bucks that can create his own shot – or make any shots with regularity at this point. The Bucks’ offense is in rough shape this year and while he’s not the only cause, Knight hasn’t been a great distributor.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, SG Shot Chart 30 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | -19

There were a couple of points where Giannis had the ball in transition and I was nearly pleading for the ball to go in. As he gets stronger and gains experience, those drives should fall more regularly. His halfcourt game still has plenty of room to develop.

Khris Middleton, PF Shot Chart 26 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-2 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -14

I can’t get a feel on Middleton. After a game like tonight I’m surprised to look at the box score and see that he had 8 points and 4 steals. He just seems to disappear when he’s in the game.

He’s also one of the few guys on this team that I would be ok with taking a bunch of shots. Might as well find out if someone can make them with any consistency.

Ekpe Udoh, PF Shot Chart 20 MIN | 1-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -5

Four rebounds seemed like a lot for him. That’s where Ekpe’s at these days.

Miroslav Raduljica, C Shot Chart 7 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -18

Played a bit, had the Tim Duncan Experience. Resumed bench-sitting.

John Henson, C Shot Chart 24 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-1 FT | 11 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | -15

Henson is well on his way to being a night-in and night-out double-double machine. On the other hand, he was pretty easily handled by the Spurs’ bench-centric lineup and wasn’t terribly effective on defense.

Nate Wolters, PG Shot Chart 12 MIN | 3-7 FG | 3-5 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -4

This guy might be worth a look at backup point guard if Ridnour misses any significant time. Or even if he doesn’t. That might be worthwhile, Mr. Drew.

Gary Neal, SG Shot Chart 18 MIN | 1-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | -18

I mean, you don’t need an off-the-court incident to justify not giving Neal a bunch of playing time this year. His only value is derived from shooting – if he’s not scoring, his defense and general involvement are a net negative.

O.J. Mayo, SG Shot Chart 19 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -13

$8 million this year.

Larry Drew

It took a Ridnour injury to pry Gary Neal and Nate Wolters off of the bench. Otherwise, he distributed minutes pretty evenly, making sure that younger players got some run. That’s about all you can hope for in a blowout of this magnitude.

Two Things We Saw

  1. For a scant few minutes in the first quarter, the Bucks stayed close and appeared as though they could make a respectable game of it. Then reality set in and the Spurs ripped off a couple of double-digit runs to put the game away early.
  2. Noted towel-waving enthusiast Patty Mills burned the Bucks with 20 points. For those keeping track at home, he’s the Spurs’ third-string point guard. It was that kind of game.