Bucks vs. Timberwolves Preview: Preseason finale in Packerland

Steve Dykes-US PRESSWIRE

The Milwaukee Bucks will be looking to bookend their preseason schedule with a pair of wins as they take on the Minnesota Timberwolves in Green Bay, WI.

2012/2013 NBA Preseason
Min
4-2 (0-2 road)
@

Mil

3-4 (1-2 home)

October 26, 2012
Resch Center, Green Bay, WI
8:00 PM Central
No local TV / 620 WTMJ / Audio League Pass (free)
Probable Starters
Luke Ridnour PG Brandon Jennings
Brandon Roy SG Monta Ellis
Andrei Kirilenko SF Tobias Harris
Derrick Williams PF Ersan Ilyasova
Nikola Pekovic C Samuel Dalembert

On the Timberwolves: A Wolf Among Wolves / Canis Hoopus

Home away from home. The Bucks will be wrapping up their preseason schedule at the Resch Center in Green Bay, WI, right across the street from the Greatest Stadium in the NFL (COME AT ME, VON HORN). The Bucks' last preseason game in Green Bay was an 86-78 victory over the Bobcats.

Progress and panic. Yesterday's victory over Charlotte featured a number of pleasant surprises. Doron Lamb played well in his preseason debut, Larry Sanders bounced back from a one-game suspension, and Tobias Harris played perhaps his best game of the preseason. Encouraging performances from young players is really the most we can ask from exhibition games, so in that regard it was a great success.

But it's hard to ignore the lines of Milwaukee's three most high-profile players. Backcourt-mates Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis combined for 11 points on 4-of-25 shooting. Ersan Ilyasova was 2-of-8 (though he did add 6 rebounds and 2 steals in 19 minutes). Yeah, it's exhibition. Yeah, you'd like to think these guys would be more cognizant of their poor shooting in a real game. But man, those are not pretty numbers. All three guys could use solid games in Green Bay to build some momentum for the regular season.

Where are the Wolves? Minnesota remains without their top two players, as Ricky Rubio continues to rehab his knee-injury from last season and Kevin Love recovers from a broken hand suffered doing...knuckle pushups. Just goes to show you, showing off with feats of physical ability never gets you anywhere. Former Badger Greg Stiemsma now calls Minnesota home; Greg recorded 6 points and 3 rebounds in 17 minutes of action against Detroit on Wednesday.

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