El Conclusión: San Antonio Spurs 110, Milwaukee Bucks 99

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Milwaukee Bucks 99 Final

Recap | Box Score

110 San Antonio Spurs
Tim Duncan, PF 27 MIN | 7-15 FG | 3-3 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 17 PTS | +5Just another one of those ho-hum, consistently brilliant stat lines the basketball world has come to take for granted, and will one day sorely miss.
DeJuan Blair, C 13 MIN | 2-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | -5Got DNP’d in the second half after ineffective first half. The spurs more more spacing to counter Milwaukee’s length inside.
Boris Diaw, C 22 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | 0Helped control the glass, but struggled at times with Marquis Daniels and stifled spacing some while on the wings.
Tony Parker, PG 36 MIN | 6-11 FG | 10-11 FT | 4 REB | 10 AST | 22 PTS | -4Was aggressive all night, sometimes overly so, as his seven turnovers can attest to. But Parker controlled the game, showing mastery of the pick and roll and manipulating the defense that Monta Ellis will never grasp and Brandon Jennings can only hope to achieve.
Gary Neal, PG 31 MIN | 7-16 FG | 6-7 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 22 PTS | +4With shooters like Neal you learn to take the good with the bad and appreciate the confidence it takes to overcome a rough start (0-5 in the first quarter) and finish strong.
Tiago Splitter, PF 24 MIN | 7-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 15 PTS | +9Tiago wasn’t the dominant force tonight, but he was the means through which that force delivered much of its damage. Brilliant work in the pick and roll.
Matt Bonner, PF 23 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 12 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | +18A rough night shooting, but solid work defensively and even better work on the glass.
Cory Joseph, PG 10 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 2 PTS | +1His most relevant body of work to date reveals the makings of a useful energy player.
Nando de Colo, PG 17 MIN | 3-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 7 PTS | +17The stats do a disservice to De Colo. They fail to reflect how aggressive he was, how well he put people in a position to succeed, or just how fun he makes basketball.
James Anderson, SG 12 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 0 PTS | +21Good energy and nice passing. Looks for more confident than in previous stint.
Manu Ginobili, SG 25 MIN | 3-10 FG | 3-3 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 11 PTS | -11Struggled from the field but made up for it in every other aspect of the game.

Five Things We Saw

  1. Monta Ellis is that guy in your pickup games that you never want to play with but always manages to get picked.
  2. Nando De Colo is the exact opposite.
  3. If you’re a slumping stretch four, the Spurs aren’t the worst team you can play right now. Ilyasova went 7-12 with plenty of open looks.
  4. Cory Joseph received high praise from Popovich after the game I being creates with doing a lot of little things that help you win games.
  5. Big men with few offensive skills should study tape of Tiago Splitter’s pick and roll work. The understanding of spacing and timing is just textbook.
  • junierizzle

    It says “Morita Ellis” at the top. If it’s a joke I’m not aware of it.

    Anyway, I really love watching De Colo play. He is fun to watch. He is kind of like a “Mini-Manu”

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  • Titletown99030507d

    Same here he has no fear when it comes to passing. Unbelievable passer.

  • Titletown99030507d

    The more Splitter plays the better he gets. For a moving big man like this, this is the the one I enjoy watching play the most. Well I guess someone now is agreeing he doesn’t muck up the spacing crew.

  • Winningmakestheworldgoround

    I think Bonner will be extremely helpful come postseason time. He’s gotten better and unless we play the Grizz, he’s good enough to guard bigs. He can guard DeAndre Jordan if they play the Clips, he can guard Jamison if they play the Lakers. I just see him struggling against Marc Gasol.

  • http://profiles.google.com/lordxar Ray Briggs II

    I read “Bonner will be extremely helpful come postseason time” and then had a fit of hysterical blindness.

  • http://profiles.google.com/lordxar Ray Briggs II

    I think Joseph, Bonner and Splitter really had great games though it doesn’t completely show in box score. Joseph especially was doing all the little things that gain the Spurs extra possessions but no stat exists for. Just pure hustle.

  • Bruno

    People never learn, even after 4 seasons.

  • Titletown99030507d

    He might disappear again offensively in the postseason but if stays aggressive on the boards taking advantage of the boxed out opportunities its better than nothing. Boards are boards. But then again playoff teams don’t tend to miss too many shots.