Day Two of NBA Exhibition Games: Post Game Analysis (Bucks vs. Spurs)

First up we have the Spurs vs. Bucks. Everybody assumed that the Bucks were going to win, but they also clearly have their struggles, offensively, and defensively. It was clear that the Bucks wanted to win, as Giannis and Middleton played the most minutes of the game. I'll first bring up the fact that Brook Lopez shot 85.7% from the field on 6/7 shooting! He also made all 3 of his threes. He really did fill up the stat sheet as he also recorded 2 blocks and 2 steals. The former Brookland star is showing flashes of his younger days and if he keeps this up he just adds to the talent of this Bucks team. I know that the Bucks were expecting bigger things from Donte DiVincenzo, as he only shot 28.6% from the field and 25% from three. He looked comfortable in the starting PG role, but he's not yet proven himself as a scorer yet, so he'll need to keep working. People might've thought Khris Middleton had a good game with 17 points, but he really didn't shoot well. He shot 16.7% from deep and 33.3% from the field. He was great from the free throw line (7/7) so that's where he earned a big portion of his points.


The Spurs also went with a different lineup, putting the 6'6 DeMar DeRozan at PF. I don't think this really worked out well for them as he had to guard guys like Giannis. The Bucks were going with a relatively tall lineup so it was difficult for DeRozan to both score and defend. He ended up with 8 points, 2 steals, and 3 turnovers in 20 minutes. Jakob Poeltl had it going, as he shot 66.7% from the field, had 7 rebounds, and 2 blocks in just 17 minutes. He also ended up with 8 points. Dejounte Murray had a good shooting night as he shot 6/12 and made the only three he took. This is good news for Murray and Spurs fans as Murray is kind of portrayed as a defensive player, it's good to see him shooting the ball well on offense. Bryn Forbes who is known as a "shooter" (he has shot well this season from three) only shot 25% from the field and 20% from deep. They'll need to get this guy going because Marco Belinelli hasn't been shooting it great from deep this season. Let me go ahead and say this, I think Keldon Johnson is underrated. The man is a rookie, barely getting any playing time, but he shoots 51.6% from the field and 40% from three. He could use some improvement from the free throw line though, only averaging 70% from the line in the NBA this season, and 76% from the line in the G-League, where he averages 20 PPG. He did well going 50% from both the field and from three. Finally, Lonnie Walker. Definitely one of the main three point shooters of this team, but he really got into the paint during this game. He went 5/10 from the field and hit 66.7% (2/3) of his three pointers. He also hit both of his free throws. He ended up with 14 points, the leading scorer for the Spurs.

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