The NBA season isn’t even a week old and there are enough over the top narratives and hot takes people want to dish out. From Brooklyn and Philly down to Dallas and out west in California, there always seems to be something people have to talk about. Thankfully, we only need to talk about the defending NBA champs and whether Jordan Nwora and Sandro Mamukelashvili is the new future of the franchise. All of this to say, the Bucks have another game up in their short road trip and make a trip to Texas to take on the San Antonio Spurs.
Where We’re At
One of the things I’ve had to remember is that being the champion means teams have an extra incentive to want to beat you. That is even more true when said champion embarrassed you in a four-game sweep. Beating that team will make you feel like you yourself won the title, and that’s what happened on this past Thursday. The Bucks, with a thinner squad than they would like, went into Miami and looked like a team who was out on the town the night before. An offensive display of ineptitude and a fired-up hot-shooting Miami Heat team pretty much crushed the Bucks. Sometimes games like that happen even when you’re healthy, and you just either brush it off or can review some tape and try to correct those mistakes. Considering we saw what a healthy Milwaukee team can do last season and in the season opener against the Brooklyn Nets, there is nothing to worry about.
Meanwhile the San Antonio Spurs team is kinda just there. They are not bad and won’t really be near the lottery, but they likely will be a 6 or 7 seed at best. They did beat the Orlando Magic on Wednesday but that isn’t saying much; and they lost last night by six against the Denver Nuggets. It’s kinda hard to get an idea of what the Spurs truly are besides a team that will be prepared and have one of the best coaches ever on the sideline. Keldon Johnson has started the year pretty well and Dejounte Murray is always a threat. The Spurs have a lot of guys who you would love to have as either a 5th starter or key cog off the bench but when you have a whole team of them, well you’re kinda just going to be there. Bryn Forbes is back with the Spurs and in last night’s game played six minutes and didn’t make any of his two attempts. In terms of the injuries and who will play, I don’t even know considering Bud decided to just rest a bunch of players and not risk others that are hurt.
Player to watch
Two games and it looks like “rotation guy” Jordan Nwora is going to be a thing in the near future. With the injuries in the wing position, Nwora has been given a chance to learn and figure it out as he goes. We have seen the usual “get ball, must shoot” (12.5 FGA/game) approach that we know and love, but we are seeing him try to mix in some playmaking and attempts to defend. There was a little two-man game with him and Mamu in the second half, just like in the Nets game. I think we are all trying to get a gauge on if Nwora can do more than just shoot and this is an opportune time for him to figure it out.
Game 3: Against San Antonio, Milwaukee will....
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