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Game Thread: Wolves/Bucks

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October 17, 2009 - 7:30 PM CT
Bradley Center

TV: None

Radio: 620 WTMJ

Probable starters:

Jonny Flynn PG Brandon Jennings
Damien Wilkins SG Michael Redd
Corey Brewer SF Carlos Delfino
Ryan Gomes
PF Kurt Thomas
Al Jefferson C Andrew Bogut

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Jennings vs. Flynn/Sessions, Pt II
Though Scott Skiles decided against handing Jennings his first start in Chicago, Charles Gardner writes that it could happen tonight. Jennings stunk in Houston but bounced back the next night with a much better effort in Chicago. His shooting continues to be abysmal (28.8%) but the Bucks are understandably giving him every chance to figure things out on the fly. He leads the Bucks in shots (11.8 fga/g), assists (5.8 apg), steals (1.6 spg), and turnovers (3.0 to/g) while ranking second in scoring (10.2 ppg) and minutes (24.8 mpg).

While Ridnour still seems to have the inside track in Milwaukee, Kurt Rambis has given his lottery pick Jonny Flynn every start and the majority of the PG minutes thus far. Flynn's had better luck shooting but has also been subpar in that dept (37.5%) while adding 4.5 apg and 3.25 to. So far it looks like Sessions will be relegated to sixth man status, as he's still working his way back into shape following a summer of RFA uncertainty.

Love, Alexander Out
Kevin Love broke a bone in his left hand against Chicago, sending him to the sidelines for a month or two. A big blow to the Wolves, who had been planning to start the second-year rebounding machine next to Al Jefferson up front. I'm not sure if Gomes gets the nod at PF, as Pecherov and Hollins will also be part of the equation as well.

Meanwhile, Joe Alexander is still a member of the Bucks. But like a year ago he's missing crucial camp time due to a nagging hamstring injury, raising further questions about what if any role he'll have when the season starts. Alexander showed some promising signs in Vegas, but the bottom line is that he doesn't have much margin for error with so many other guys battling for burn at the forward spots.

And despite the Bucks' insistence that Alexander would be a bit of a project when they drafted him, they don't seem all that patient with their second-year forward. First they tried to use him in a salary dump with Luke Ridnour at the deadline in February, but the Nets wouldn't bite. Then there was continued talk all summer that Alexander's time in Milwaukee might be limited, which was further legitimized by the Bucks' silence on whether they'll pick up Alexander's $2.76 million option for 10/11. As disappointing as Alexander has been on the court, cutting him loose next summer would still be a shocking decision--and would say a lot about the coaching staff's opinion of his coachability and potential going forward.