El Conclusión: Milwaukee Bucks 106, San Antonio Spurs 103

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San Antonio Spurs 103 Final
Recap | Box Score
106 Milwaukee Bucks
Tim Duncan, C 36 MIN | 9-12 FG | 2-3 FT | 8 REB | 7 AST | 20 PTS | +7

A good performance, a lot of minutes and the Spurs still lost.

Richard Jefferson, SF 34 MIN | 4-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 12 PTS | -8

Missed the shot that could’ve sent the game into overtime, but still gave a decent performance.

DeJuan Blair, F 24 MIN | 5-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 11 PTS | +2

Blair was efficient offensively, but otherwise fairly forgettable.

Tony Parker, PG 36 MIN | 10-18 FG | 2-4 FT | 2 REB | 8 AST | 22 PTS | -3

Eight assists, but almost as many turnovers. I think a lot of people expected Parker to pick up his game when Manu went down. He hasn’t picked it up enough.

Gary Neal, PG 21 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | +3

Missed both of his threes, which are kind of important. Forced into some backup point guard duty when TJ Ford got hurt.

T.J. Ford, PG 5 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | +5

Got hurt. Shouldn’t be too bad. Hopefully. I don’t expect him to play tomorrow night.

Matt Bonner, PF 21 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 3 PTS | -13

Hit one 3-pointer. Made a huge defensive error late in the game leaving Ersan Ilyasova open in the corner for a 3-pointer. Bonner is struggling right now.

Daniel Green, G 5 MIN | 0-1 FG | 2-4 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 2 PTS | -1

Didn’t see much of the floor, hopefully he isn’t losing his spot in the rotation already. Could see a lot of minutes Wednesday night against Houston.

Tiago Splitter, C 15 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -2

Pretty anonymous night. Made a few plays, nothing major, though.

James Anderson, SG 9 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | 0

Again the Spurs didn’t get much from Anderson in his minutes. He should have an opportunity to impress Wednesday night against Houston.

Kawhi Leonard, SF 33 MIN | 9-12 FG | 1-1 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 19 PTS | -5

Kawhi looked like a player Tuesday night. Sean Elliott was right, Leonard did have his hands down too much when guarding Stephen Jackson. Otherwise, Kawhi was one of the few who came to play.

Ike Diogu, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS |

Um.

Five Things We Saw

  1. The key play for me was when Bonner left Ilyasova open in the corner for 3 with about two minutes left in the game and the Spurs down one. The Spurs are instructed never to help from that position and that’s exactly what Bonner did.
  2. Bonner continues a run of bad games. Not only is he not getting, and making, a lot of 3s, but his help defense has been unusually poor. Bonner isn’t a good one-on-one defender, that we know, but he’s normally solid in positioning and knowledge in help defense. Not so much right now.
  3. I don’t fault Richard Jefferson for missing that last 3 that could’ve sent the game into overtime. That happens. He still shot 3-7 for 3. If anything, fault him for the 3-pointer he missed a couple of possessions before, when RJ was wide open from the wing and the ball was half way down before rattling out.
  4. Pop said after the game that this was the team with the worst defense that he’s coached. Pretty strong words, but hard to argue with off the top of my head.
  5. What can you say about Tony Parker? He’s trying to take control of the situation and be the guy while Manu is out. It simply looks like he doesn’t have it in him. Parker doesn’t look like a #1 guy, something I think we all knew deep down.
  • Bry

    I agree, that was the crap guys used to try in high school (let your man blow by you and then hit his dribbling arm from behind). It’s a tough call for the officials, but it’s also just really lazy gambling defense. I was much more irritated about the other six turnovers.

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