Business as usual: Spurs 123 – Bucks 98

San Antonio Spurs 123 Final
Recap | Box Score
98 Milwaukee Bucks
Jabari Parker, PF 32 MIN | 5-14 FG | 0-1 3FG | 4-4 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | -9 +/-Parker started strong with ten first half points but disappeared in the second half. The big news was that he attempted a three. His first quarter three was his first 3-point attempt since the December 18 loss at Golden State. He was short on the corner three.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, SF 30 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-2 3FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | -6 +/-Aside from a few baseline cuts that led to dunks and some drive and kick moves, Giannis was not an impactful player in this game. San Antonio often matched either Kawhi Leonard or LaMarcus Aldridge on him and neither presented much of a matchup advantage for Giannis. What was interesting to see was how far off him each of those defenders played him when he would spot up anywhere outside the arc. Giannis responded with two 3-point attempts, but couldn’t hit.

Greg Monroe, C 28 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 3FG | 5-8 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 15 PTS | -12 +/-Greg Monroe had the same game he had every single night, give or take a few makes.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 31 MIN | 6-10 FG | 1-1 3FG | 3-6 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | -7 +/-Another mixed bag. His numbers at the end of the game are more than passable, but he had a lot of trouble when the Spurs switched Jonathan Simmons onto him at the start of the fourth quarter. The Spurs wing first forced MCW to pick the ball up in the backcourt, which eventually led to a turnover. Then MCW tried to post him up and ended up tossing the ball off the glass without hitting the rim. Later, MCW drove by him, and Simmons volleyball spiked his shot back into his fact, only to be called for a foul.

So the numbers were okay, but MCW was rendered ineffective by an energetic D-Leaguer. That’s not franchise point guard stuff.

Khris Middleton, SG 34 MIN | 6-13 FG | 0-4 3FG | 7-7 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 19 PTS | -13 +/-Middleton’s averaged over 20 points per game on better than 50% shooting over his past ten games, and he posted back-to-back 30 point games against the Thunder and Pacers. He played as well as any Buck against the Spurs, but with overmatched teammates, he isn’t the guy to get the entire team going against a juggernaut. It was fun to see him toss up a couple of big scoring games lately, but relying on Middleton to throw the team on his back isn’t a sustainable blueprint for success.

Johnny O’Bryant III, PF 8 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 3FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | -10 +/-Garbage time, where he hit a jumper!

John Henson, PF 14 MIN | 4-5 FG | 0-0 3FG | 0-1 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -10 +/-Over the past three seasons, one of Milwaukee’s most reliable actions is Henson participating in a pick and roll along the baseline where it finishes with him rolling to the hoop and finishing a lob. He used to do it all the time with OJ Mayo, but now other players have gotten involved. He connected on another against the Spurs.

Chris Copeland, SF 5 MIN | 1-1 FG | 1-1 3FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -3 +/-Garbage time, where he hit a three!

Miles Plumlee, C 6 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 3FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -3 +/-Garbage time, but it was highlighted by him throwing down an alley-oop in impressive fashion.

Tyler Ennis, PG 5 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 3FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -3 +/-Garbage time.

Jerryd Bayless, PG 7 MIN | 1-4 FG | 1-2 3FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | -8 +/-He re-injured his left ankle that forced him out earlier this season for a good chunk of games. On a fast break, he took a step around a Spurs defender, got caught up and went down clutching his ankle. He could not re-enter the game, as he was granted two free throws and was unable to stay on the court to shoot them.

Rashad Vaughn, SG 16 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-1 3FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 2 PTS | -16 +/-While he wasn’t as actively harmful as Mayo, Vaughn made little impact.

O.J. Mayo, SG 24 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 3FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 0 PTS | -25 +/-Every part of his game seemed off. He air balled one baseline jumper by shooting it a good foot past the hoop. His passes weren’t coherent, and he was just guessing when he was defending Manu. He was defending Manu jumpers by trying to predict when Manu was going to pull rather than just closing out and defending with a hand up. Everyone should know by now that Manu cannot be predicted.

Two Things We Saw

  1. What was remarkable was how unremarkable the Spurs were in going about their business. They didn’t put together a 20 point run or start bombing away from three to take the lead. They were just precise and solid on both ends. Their most explosive player was a former D-Leaguer named Jonathan Simmons who scored 12 points in the second quarter and spent the first part of the fourth quarter physically overwhelming MCW. The Spurs strive to execute on every possession with the same focus and remove the element of luck in a game like this one against a weaker opponent.
  2. Milwaukee wasn’t too sloppy with the ball, shot an okay percentage and attempted ten more free throws than the Spurs. They still lost by 25. Offensive rebounds were an issue again, with San Antonio collecting 13 offensive rebounds, but the bigger issue was how easily San Antonio was able to get into the paint. The Spurs won the points in the paint battle 60-42 thanks to a combination of drives from guards and play from their bigs, especially Boris Diaw and Aldridge. They’re a great team. The Bucks are not. That would explain Milwaukee’s eight consecutive losses to San Antonio.

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  1. 2 wins……..not a word……a lost…..after 10 min ….a page…and a lot of C…….well……F for y jeremy……