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Thursday 13th January 01:00 - 03:30 GMT

 

Not living up to their contender role seven weeks into the season, Tony Parker and company are hoping to get back on track as soon as possible. Thus, the Spurs’ next challenge will be their encounter with Brandon Jennings and the Milwaukee Bucks at Bradley Center on Sunday at 1:30 a.m. GMT. 

 

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Unlike San Antonio, Milwaukee performed much better than most people expected. More precisely, the Bucks are holding on to the seventh place in the Eastern Conference as they posted a 12-14 record to start the season. Considering that the franchise from Wisconsin shipped out Ramon Sessions, Charlie Villanueva and Richard Jefferson for little more than expiring contracts, it is somewhat surprising that Scott Skile’s squad got off to such a solid start. Even more impressive is the fact that the Bucks were without franchise centerpiece Michael Redd for 14 games but still played very competitive basketball. Without any doubts, rookie guard Brandon Jennings was a large part of Milwaukee’s upswing as he put up 20.2 points, 6.2 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.2 rebounds per contest. Likewise, forward Ersan Ilyasova is improving by leaps and bounds, averaging 12.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.3 rebounds in just 26 minutes a night. 

 

Albeit the Spurs struggled in the opening weeks of the season, it seems like the team around Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan is slowly finding its rhythm as the season goes on. Trying to climb back to the upper echelon of the Western Conference, Greg Popovich’s squad managed to win three straight versus the Warriors, Pacers and Clippers last week. Even though San Antonio Spurs is still one of the better defensive teams in the league, the Spurs did not put quite as much pressure on their opponents as in recent years. Whether these shortcomings can be blamed on the franchise’s off-season acquisitions seems questionable, yet more contribution from Richard Jefferson and Antonio McDyess would be desirable. Offensively, All-Star Tim Duncan led San Antonio with 19.7 points, 10.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.1 blocks per contest. Considering said circumstances, it looks like the Spurs might have a slight edge over Milwaukee’s young squad. However, Tony Parker and company should not underestimate the Bucks as they have shown numerous times that they can perform on both ends of the floor and are a well functioning unit. 

 

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Tags: Milwaukee Bucks, Richard Jefferson, Brandon Jennings, Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs, Tony Parker, NBA live
Posted: 13th January 2011

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