After months of anticipation, San Antonio Spurs basketball returned in a 113-92 loss against the league-leading Milwaukee Bucks inside the Orlando Bubble.
Say what you want about the final outcome, but this was an encouraging performance from the San Antonio Spurs in their first competitive game since mid-March. The players looked sharp, the coaching staff showed a newfound willingness to play younger players and the team adapted to life without their starting frontcourt with a funky new rotation. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to overcome the team with the NBA’s best winning percentage, the Milwaukee Bucks.
Despite a slow start in the first half, wing Lonnie Walker IV finished with a team-high 14 points on 50 percent shooting with two triples, three rebounds and two assists. Lonnie looked comfortable in that starting spot that he shouldn’t be used to along with Jakob Poeltl, who we’ll talk more about later.
From the perspective of a team trending in this direction, it was extremely encouraging to see Dejounte Murray, Derrick White and Walker all in the top-three for the team in scoring. Dejounte had 13 while asserting himself as a playmaker and three-level scorer while White had a calm 11 points, a game-high five assists, a steal, a block and some offensive fouls drawn on the MVP.
Turnovers and foul trouble plagued the Spurs in this one as they committed 22 turnovers and gave up 34 free-throw attempts in the contest. Clearly, they’re a bit rusty considering the many poor decisions that we saw from players from the top down. Almost every Spur who played committed a turnover and a foul, though Walker’s ability to go without a foul was impressive.
Let’s get into the meat of it — these are the four major takeaways from the first game back.