El Conclusion: Spurs won 109-77, so you get an ‘A’ and you get an ‘A’ and you get an ‘A’
|Tim Duncan, PF 24 MIN | 9-12 FG | 3-3 FT | 16 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 21 PTS | +31
When I woke up from my this-game-induced stupor, I saw Tim Duncan sitting down with this stat line below his name. Then I saw he did it in 24 minutes. John Henson is a nice young talent, but oh buddy…Timmy ate him alive.
Per Elias, Tim Duncan tonight became first player since Jan. of ‘89 to have 20+ pts on 75+% FG and 15+ rebs in 25 min or less. This dude.
Customized grade: Godzilla movie trailer
|Jeff Ayres, PF 25 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +26
He didn’t score, but he didn’t shoot the ball once. The Spurs just don’t need him to do so. His 10 rebounds and the whole running around setting screens thing was good enough for an ‘A’ I’d say. Good job, Jeff!
Customized grade: Bob the Builder sticker
|Kawhi Leonard, SF 24 MIN | 3-8 FG | 7-8 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 13 PTS | +35
I mean, sure. He played half the game, he didn’t attempt a single three, he got to the free throw line a bunch and he had his patented steal-to-breakaway-dunk sequence. Good game! *butt slap*
Customized grade: Brand-spankin’-shiny-new cornrow braider
|Tony Parker, PG 21 MIN | 7-11 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | +31
He was being guarded by Nate Wolters. He got an ‘A’ when he put his shorts on today, to which Luke Ridnour responded, “What about if you take your shorts OFF?”
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Customized grade: (One of those star stickers your teacher gave you when she unreasonably expected just a little more?)
|Danny Green, SG 18 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | +25
Danny has been shooting well the last couple of games, so perhaps he is now icy/HOT. YOU GET AN ‘A’ AND YOU GET AN ‘A’ AND YOU GET AN ‘A’ AND YOU GET AN ‘A’ AND YOU
Customized grade: A sticker of a giant sun with a smiley face warming up a frozen icescape
|Matt Bonner, PF 19 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +4
When you look up ‘A’ in the dictionary, you see Matt Bonner’s picture. And he’s clad in plaid and standing by his old Grand Prix with his arms crossed proudly.
Customized grade: Matt Bonner is the one who grades
|Boris Diaw, PF 27 MIN | 4-11 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | +3
That one pass to Bonner in the corner late in the game was awesome. YOU GET AN ‘A’!
Customized grade: Depends on what Matt Bonner gave him
|Cory Joseph, PG 19 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-1 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | +3
Yes, you get an ‘A’ as well, Cory. CoJo actually played pretty well when he was in the game, which really isn’t a surprise. He’s a decent player who just can’t get minutes right now.
Customized grade: Participation ribbon
|Patty Mills, PG 10 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-1 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | -5
Patty scored nine points, but somehow managed to have the worst +/- on the whole team. Urges to hand out an ‘F’ were fought, but he did go 4-for-7 from the floor. But still, negative-5? Against THAT team?
Customized grade: An autographed picture of a minus sign (-) with the No. 5 next to it.
|Nando de Colo, PG 9 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | -4
Customized grade: It’s just that, he has great ideas and you can tell he sees the game from a creative, intelligent angle, and he has “Manu thoughts,” he just can’t execute them at all. Two turnovers in nine minutes is very Nando-ish.
|Manu Ginobili, SG 18 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 4 PTS | +9
Manu had four turnovers, BUT YOU’RE DAMN RIGHT HE GETS AN ‘A’ IN THIS ONE!
Customized grade: Lifetime achievement award
|Marco Belinelli, SG 24 MIN | 5-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 11 PTS | +2
IT’S A SPICY ONE! (Shoutout to Trey Kerby and the TBJ … er The Starters)
Customized grade: IT’S A SPICY ONE
|Aron Baynes, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |
You earned it last night, big fella!
Customized grade: A delicious flagon of stout ale because you need to deal with that bum ankle big guy.
Good job, Pop. Even without your superstar Aron Baynes.
Four Things We Saw
- A possible murder in Milwaukee.
- It’s difficult to take a ton away from this game, but the Spurs looked very good despite the absence of their two biggest bodies. One night after Baynes’ career night, he sat with a sprained ankle he apparently suffered in the first quarter of the game on Tuesday. But San Antonio was OK, without Baynes and the injured Tiago Splitter.
- Poor Bucks. Not only has their season been dreadful, they’re absolutely ravaged by injury. And that’s not making anything better. The Spurs looked at times as if they weren’t even trying. I guess that’s good on the second night of a back-to-back.
- The wind chill in Milwaukee was apparently -15 degrees. I can’t.