Milwaukee Bucks (4-6) vs. Spurs (7-4)
When, where: 8 p.m., Friday, ATT Center
Season series: First meeting
Last meeting: Bucks 109, Spurs 107, Jan. 10, 2017, ATT Center
Bucks’ final game: Lost to Cavaliers 124-119, Tuesday, Cleveland
Spurs’ final game: Beat Clippers 120-107, Tuesday, ATT Center
Notable: The Spurs now have 500 victories during a ATT Center given relocating to a trickery in 2002, a many home wins of any group in a NBA during that span.
SAN ANTONIO – Back on lane after winning 3 in a row, a Spurs will face a NBA’s heading scorer when a Milwaukee Bucks come job Friday night.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, a 6-foot-11 wunderkind who does about all though fly a Bucks’ plane, is averaging 31.9 points in his fifth NBA season. Selected by a Bucks with a 15th altogether collect of a 2013 NBA draft, Antetokounmpo can play indicate guard, sharpened guard, tiny brazen and appetite forward.
Called a NBA’s “Unstoppable Force” by Sports Illustrated, Antetokounmpo has a 7-foot wingspan that creates him commanding on both ends of a court.
The Spurs (7-4) continue their six-game homestand Friday night opposite a Bucks (4-6). The Silver and Black have won 3 in a quarrel given starting a homestand with a 20-point detriment to fortifying joining champion Golden State final Thursday.
Friday night’s diversion is a front of a back-to-back for a Spurs, who horde Chicago on Saturday before going behind on a highway subsequent week.
“I haven’t watched him this year, though I’ve check a numbers,” maestro San Antonio ensure Manu Ginobili said. “I never suspicion he was going to be like a 30-point-a-game scorer. He’s incredible. His length, his athleticism, it’s usually off a charts. He’s means to get from one side of a justice to a other in 5 steps, so it’s a large advantage.
“He’s unequivocally anticipating his way. Even though carrying a arguable three-point shot, it’s not a cause nonetheless since he still can get there and he’s formulating for others. He’s a defensive force, so a disproportion builder for sure.”
The Spurs and Bucks separate their dual games final year, with a visiting group winning both. Antetokounmpo had 22 points and 11 rebounds in a Silver and Black’s 97-96 feat final Dec. 5, though did not measure in Milwaukee’s 109-107 win on Jan. 10 during a ATT Center. He was ill and played usually 9 minutes.
Antetokounmpo, who was innate in Athens, Greece, done a All-Star group for a initial time final season. He had 30 points and 9 rebounds in a Bucks’ 124-119 highway detriment to Cleveland on Tuesday night. Antetokounmpo has scored during slightest 28 points in 9 of Milwaukee’s 10 games.
“I consider everybody is saying and bargain and realizing how good of an contestant this child is, how most he’s worked to holding his diversion to a subsequent level, and kind of usurpation Kobe’s (Bryant) plea on Twitter of being a subsequent MVP,” maestro Spurs center/forward Pau Gasol said. “I consider that gave him a small boost. He’s a threat.
“He’s a man that’s really assertive right now. He’s 22 years old. He’s got all a appetite in a world. We’re going to have to be prepared for it when a time comes, prepare, and try to stop him as best we can.”
The Spurs are entrance off a 120-107 feat opposite a Los Angeles Clippers. Trailing by 3 during a half, a Silver and Black scored a season-high 40 points in a third entertain to take control of a game. They scored 26 points in a final 6 mins of a period.
San Antonio shot 53.6 percent (45/84) for a diversion and finished with 33 assists. The Spurs have come out with some-more glow offensively in a third buliding of their final 3 games, averaging 35.5 points. They averaged 25.5 points in a duration in their initial 8 games.
“We’re waking up, bargain that we’ve got to tie adult defensively and we’ve got to set a tone,” Gasol said. “We’re during home and we give adult 55 points (in a initial half to a Clippers). I consider it comes from a indicate of understanding, hey guys, we’re down. We’re giving adult too most and we’re not going to win like that.
“You have 48 minutes, so we’ve got to come out with a small some-more of an corner and a mindset defensively of, hey, let’s make certain we don’t put ourselves in a hole that we competence not be means to stand out of it.”
All-NBA brazen Kawhi Leonard and maestro indicate ensure Tony Parker, sidelined as they continue to rehab quad injuries, have nonetheless to play this season. Backup core Joffrey Lauvergne has missed a final 8 games after spraining his right ankle.
Up subsequent for a Spurs after Friday’s game: vs. Chicago, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., ATT Center
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