Game Preview #12: Milwaukee Bucks at San Antonio Spurs

Not bad, guys, not bad. Yes, it was the Wizards, and yes, it was at home, but that W counts just as much toward the standings as the W we earn on the road against a championship contender (don't worry, we'll get one someday). Now we just need to amass a few more, starting with a win against the Milwaukee Brandons.

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Yeah, remember how excited you all were when you traded for me? How 'bout now? I'm getting there, right?

Rage contributed 15 and finally looked comfortable. Theo was strong. Tony was brilliant, and so was Timmy, and what else is new? Those performances all contributed to the win, but I know what gave us that extra edge last night. . . .

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How Roger got his groove back.

He's an English bulldog, 8 weeks old, and he was the eighth in his litter, so Mase named him Ocho. And then hit 3 of his 5 attempted three-pointers in addition to contributing 6 assists and 3 rebounds.

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww weeee!

All right, reverie over--moving on. The Bucks give us fits. We need to beat them. We need to rout them. I'm feeling all business about this game, so let's jump right into the preview.

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Milwaukee Bucks @ San Antonio Spurs
Where: AT&T Center - San Antonio, TX
When: November 23, 2009, 7:30 PM Spurs time
Watch: Fox Sports Southwest


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How They Stack Up
5-2 Home 6-1
0-4 Road 2-2
101.9
Offense 98.4
99.9 Defense 93.3
46.4 FG% 44.4
34.8 3-pt% 37.2
73.1 FT% 69.5
40.1 Rebounds 47.1
12.0 TOs 17.4
4-6 Last 10 8-2
Won 1
Streak Won 3
3rd, Southwest Position 1st, Central

Country/Time Zone Game Time
ARGENTINA!!1! 10:30 PM
West Coast
5:30 PM
Philippines 10:30 AM
Central Europe 2:30 AM
Palestine/Egypt 2:30 AM
East Coast 8:30 PM
Scenic Time Zone
6:30 PM
Perth, AUS 8:30 AM
Tokyo, JP 9:30 AM
Sydney, AUS 11:30 AM

Spurs
(4-6)
Matchups

Bucks
(8-3)

Tony Parker
Resurgent

Point Guard

Tony is back, and, as Tim noted in the QuickCap, he's even playing defense. Let's hope he keeps the trend going, as Brandon Jennings has generated more buzz the last week or so than any other player in the NBA. Someone at Yahoo sure needs to hook the guy up with a new photo, though.

Advantage: Tie


Brandon Jennings
ROY

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Keith Bogans
Boogie fever

Shooting Guard

Bogans has a bit of a size advantage over Bell and has shown slow but fairly steady improvement from game to game. No doubt he would like to show his old teammates in Milwaukee a thing or two. Still, Bell scores more points per game and has a stronger defensive presence. Give Bell the slightest of edges in this match-up.

Advantage: Bucks


Charlie Bell
Seems a nice enough fellow

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Richard Jefferson
Where did you get those big, big ups and those tiny, tiny ears?

Small Forward

Rage gets to play against his old team. Delfino did score 21 points on November 18th, but those 21 points were against the Nets. Give the white box to RJ.

Advantage: Spurs


Carlos Delfino
To comply with new NBA regulations, every game must include at least one Argentine player.

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Antonio McDyess
He's Dice

Center

With Bogut out for the Bucks, we need to take advantage of this mismatch. McDyess should be able to overpower this guy. Should be.

Advantage: Spurs


Dan Gadzuric
He's Dutch

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Tim Duncan
Always and forever

Power Forward

Even though Ilyasova has been quite good, racking up a double double in his last game (against Memphis), Yahoo hasn't seen fit to give him a picture on his player page. But ain't no one better at this job than Timmy, so it doesn't matter anyway.

Advantage: Spurs


Ersan Ilyasova
Turkish Delight

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Michael Finley
Old Man River

Bench & Role Players

Among the many excellent posts in just the last 24 hours on PtR, there have been several exploring the reasons for having Finley and Bonner continuing to play so many minutes.

Advantage: Bucks


Luke Ridnour
Mild-mannered point guard

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Gregg Popovich
The Duke of the NBA

Coach

Scott Skiles is almost certainly leading a playoffs-bound team this season. But until the Bucks get there, Pop is still the winner in this category. Both coaches have had their hands full in the early going, with injuries necessitating adjustments and flexibility.

Advantage: Spurs


Scott Skiles
Has experience beating the Spurs
images via yahoo.com

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Other Factors

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Intangibles

Jefferson will certainly be fired up to play well against his old team. It sure would be nice to have Manu back. Then again, the Bucks are missing Bogut. Advantage: Neither

Mojo

Click here for mojo. Advantage: Spurs

Winner: Spurs

I think that Pop and the guys who have been around a while are tired of losing to this team. And I think everyone will be eager to prove that we're capable of beating this sort of team, a team that, like OKC, is young, talented, and confident.
Prediction: Spurs win.

Keys To The Game

  • Rebounding
  • 3-Pointers
  • Free Throws

Strength of Schedule

We've had a day of rest and we're at home, which is much better than having one of those endless 4-day breaks between games.

The Bucks have only lost three times, so let's just hope they're due.

Last Time They Met

This is our first time to see the Bucks this season. Last year they swept us, out-rebounding us in those two games 90 to 66. According to the media notes, Milwaukee is one of only two NBA teams we don't lead in our all-time series. Like I said--the Bucks give us fits.

Some Other Reading

Bucks

Brew Hoop - The Bucks' SBN blog. Yeah, you better believe they're having a good time this season.
Bucks Blog - The TrueHoop blog for the Bucks is dead, and besides, it's called "Bucksketball," so, you know. Instead, take a look at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Bucks blog. Considerably more active.

Spurs

48 Minutes of Hell: Odd that they haven't updated since the 19th. Holiday season takes its toll?
Project Spurs: Now featuring live chats, call-in shows and podcasts (in Spanish too).

The (sort of) Daily Twitter

George_Hill3

Good afternoon Twitter World. I think today is jus gonna b a movie day! Thinking bout seein precious and blindside! Think that's a plan!!!!

manuginobili

Feeling much better already // Ya me siento MUCHO mejor. Los primeros 2 días dolía bastante.

MoneyMase

#rogersfashiontip of the day. Always make sure your sneakers are clean, nothing gives a better first impression then clean sneakers.

tp9network

hey facebook world!!big win for us it felt good to be back!!salut facebook world grosse victoire pour nous ca... http://bit.ly/4EPVvg

DeJuan45

"Blind Side" a really good and inspirational movie!!! I love it I think everybody should attempt to c it I went to the movies by my selfLOL

You can also find all the official Spurs Sports & Entertainment Twitter accounts here: http://twitter.com/spurs/official/members

Other things of possible interest

Yeah, so this Twilight/New Moon/sparkle vampire business. I love Cleolinda Jones (not her real name). She read the books and saw the movies so I don't have to. Her thoughtful (and often hilarious) recaps R00L. You can find links to them all here, as well as links to her favorite links, among them Growing Up Cullen, in which two friends use IM to reimagine Edward as "a pissed off 40 year old housewife."

Where to Tune In

TV

This game will be aired by the Fox Sports Network. If you have cable or satellite, you'll have to look up your individual channel (Fox Sports Southwest or Fox Sports Wisconsin). And of course, there's always League Pass.

Online

As always, NBA League Pass is recommended for those who are willing to pony up the cash. Almost every Spurs game will be broadcast there, which is especially helpful for those of us who aren't in the San Antonio area..

Please don't post links to illegal game feeds in the game thread. Links to illegal feeds are not permitted on SBNation, but you can probably find them out there on the internets if you're resourceful and desperate. In fact, nobody can stop you from googling "atdhe". You can also shoot an email to dmenendez@gmail.com for more assistance.

Spurs League Pass audio is still free this year, so check it out.

Radio

If you're in the San Antonio area and aren't near a TV, tune in to WOAI (1200 AM).

Finally, and apropos of nothing, thanks to djturtleface of Straight Outta Vancouver for pointing me toward this gem:

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