El Conclusión: San Antonio Spurs 117, Milwaukee Bucks 110
|Tim Duncan, PF 34 MIN | 11-20 FG | 6-7 FT | 13 REB | 6 AST | 28 PTS | +18
Another brilliant all-around game from Tim Duncan, the type he put up without batting an eye in his prime. A few years removed from his prime everyone started to appreciate just how rare such games were and made it a point to cherish each one that occurred. Today? He’s approaching that mind numbing consistency that makes the basketball world take these games for granted again. There are no more “wasted a Tim Duncan game” moments anymore because it’s easy to expect another one.
|Tiago Splitter, PF 19 MIN | 2-2 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | +17
Picked up some foul trouble trying to help contain Brandon Jennings and deal with an active Milwaukee Bucks front line. Has been doing a better job as of late finishing plays with a dunk and is probably the best big man in the NBA using the other side of the rim to protect his shot.
|Kawhi Leonard, SF 24 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -4
A bit of an invisible night from Kawhi Leonard.
|Tony Parker, PG 36 MIN | 10-23 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 11 AST | 23 PTS | +13
Tony Parker utilizes screens, fakes, and spacing with the proficiency of an NBA point guard half his speed, only he does so really really fast. Does that make sense? Got into the paint with ease and avoided over penetrating into the teeth of the Milwaukee Bucks shot blockers.
|Danny Green, SG 30 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 9 PTS | +9
Generally does a fairly decent job of making Monta Ellis work for everything every time he plays him. Green is searching for consistency in his jumper, but when he’s on, few connect better from outside. Right now he’s in the middle of yet another hot streak.
|Matt Bonner, PF 7 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | -2
Finished off a Duncan assist in the most appropriate way ever while adding his own touch — banking in a 3-pointer.
|Stephen Jackson, SF 21 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-2 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 8 PTS | +5
Not a bad night against his former team. Showed why he’s so happy to be in San Antonio.
|DeJuan Blair, C 4 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -11
In past seasons, DeJuan Blair played the underrated role of eating up minutes and keeping Tim Duncan relatively fresh all season. Last season, he listed keeping Duncan fresh for the playoffs as one of his primary functions. Today he failed miserably, making it necessary for Duncan to return in the fourth quarter to finish of the Milwaukee Bucks.
|Boris Diaw, C 23 MIN | 4-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 9 PTS | -2
Has been doing a good job immediately taking available shots lately.
|Patty Mills, PG 1 MIN | 0-0 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -6
Fair warning, this is the most depressing picture I’ve illustrated so far this season. #PattyMillsShotCount: 0
|Gary Neal, PG 13 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 7 PTS | +5
Has a few games worth of lost shot opportunities to make up for and got off to a good start tonight.
|Nando de Colo, PG 1 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -6
It stands to reason that with Gary Neal returning, Nando De Colo would see his minutes fluctuate again. That might be doubly true now that Manu Ginobili is rounding into form, making De Colo’s skill set somewhat redundant compared to Neal’s.
|Manu Ginobili, SG 27 MIN | 5-12 FG | 4-6 FT | 2 REB | 6 AST | 16 PTS | -1
Manu Ginobili is getting into the paint again, which is opening up all sorts of options on the second unit. I’ve seen more of Ginobili’s assists come from the paint these past few games than the rest of the season.
Went too deep into his bench far too early in the game, requiring the Spurs to send Tim Duncan and Tony Parker out in the fourth quarter to finish the game.
Five Things We Saw
- In years past Tim Duncan’s signature move was his reliable bank shot from 15-feet out on the wings. These days he can be found killing teams from the elbows, knocking down shots and drawing Milwaukee’s young shot blockers out of the paint to open driving lanes for teammates.
- Both teams feature defenses that concede inefficient mid-range shots. The difference between the two is the Spurs offense is patient and works for better looks in addition to the long 2s conceded.
- John Henson and Larry Sanders have enough size and athleticism to intrigue. Henson in particular had a couple of nifty moves and showcased a convincing enough off-hand that I thought I had another fellow left-handed basketball player to love.
- Speaking of lefties, Brandon Jennings is my least favorite left-handed player ever. The inefficiencies of a game wrapped in enough potential to be more. I can’t wait until a team overpays him, I smugly say “I told you so,” and then he goes off a season or two later just so everyone can remember that I said this.