Some of you may have noticed the lack of a recap for this Spurs win. It certainly was an important win for us - every win is important when you're struggling to get back to .500. We should've recapped it. The problem is, it was my turn...
And I forgot.
There are some recaps, all worth reading. One was even done by our very own Fred. Recapish.
Basically this was a boring game between a team that plays best when it plays boringly, and a team that wants to stop being boring now that they have a non-boring player but can't fight its own nature. It wouldn't have merited a second glance, a pip on our radar, if it weren't for our accursed record and the Buck's newfound ability to win game thanks to Jenning's second coming.
Somehow, none of that factored into the game, and except for a sudden scare at the end of the first half the Spurs were in full control of the game for the other 3 and a half quarters. We won, we're back at .500, and that's pretty much it.
Here are some key storylines I should've talked about in depth if I weren't a hack.
Yeah, that's a fucking red sun
Matt Bonner woke up on Monday and decided to take a dump all over Fred's scoring system. He's still a slowass ginger that gives more and-ones that the rest of the team combined, but as I've mentioned before, he understands our defensive system much better than the newcomers (check Fred's post linked above for more on this). He edges out when the pick and roll comes, giving time to the guards to recover, he hustles like a mad lobster and he occasionally makes a good play on the defensive end. He's even grabbing more boards, having come down with Blair flu.
When he's on a good shooting night like against the Bucks, there's really no justification not to give him considerable minutes. Oh, and Graydon points out that apparently the +/- stat loves him, too, and has loved him consistently for over a year. Make of that what you will.
There should be a non-politic filter in Google
The More Things Change
The Bucks scared us? Really? I have watched all of zero full Bucks games this season, so this is my first impression of this revamped team, but still, they weren't particularly impressive on Monday. Granted, Andrew "Spurs Slayer" Bogut was out, and you know he has Timmy's number somehow, but they still didn't look like a playoffs team to me. Ilyasova can score and killed us, but their effort rebounding the ball was pitiful; Jennings will be a gifted scorer, but he had a lot of rookie mistakes that reminded me of Hill (to a point) last season; Redd was a shadow of his former self, but I imagine he'll make his FTs again in a few games; Delfino is fool's gold.
I don't know - the Spurs have looked worse at times this season, so I shouldn't read so much into a single showing, but it was still a pretty bad day to be a Bucks fan. Every time the Spurs stopped messing around and sped things up, they just couldn't keep up.
They did look energetic on defense, though, I'll give them that. The Skiles mark - before all the players turn on him.
That snuggie? That's George Hill
Cubits Get In The Way
Cubits show the ball well and passed it efficiently, and somehow that's all secondary to the excellent defense he played on Jennings. He had two blocks from behind that were beyond any human with normal proportions (I know, I know) and in general he's playing just as well as any sophomore this season. I love him.
We all repeat ourselves at this point, but as long as some moron in a blog somewhere proposes we trade Tony because of Cubits, you'll know we're doing well.
YOUR THREE STARS
3rd - George Hill: 14 points on 5-10 shooting (2-3 from deep), and two of those were last second prayers that shouldn't be in boxscores. So 5-8 in my book, to go along with 4 assists, no TOs, 2 blocks and 1 offensive board. On a night where Tony was turning it over every so many minutes, it pays to have this guy as a second option instead of the JV. (Do you guys remember when the JV was our backup point guard? Do you? Do you really?)
2nd - Tim Duncan: There's always a new high-flying, witless kid that puts a tent in the collective pants of the ESPN/SI crowd when he has a couple of consecutive 20-10 games. Timmy is an entelechy pundits condemned to decline before the season started, and no one has noticed his resurgence. Probably no one will. 9-17 FG, good for 24 points, and 12 rebounds, 4 of them offensive. 2 assists, too, but I should stop.
1st - Matt Bonner: He simply couldn't miss. 7-10 FG, 6-8 from beyond the arc, 23 points, 6 rebounds (2 offensive) and a game-high +26 +/-. A spot up shooter we need in our bench - unless we trade for Gooden again.