In case you’ve missed the Milwaukee Bucks first two Summer League games, let me tell you, you haven’t missed much. With one win under their belt, Darvin Ham’s plucky underdog squad has another chance at victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves who are embarking on a grueling back-to-back after taking down the Hawks Sunday evening.
Beyond the furious rally against Philadelphia that finished with some of the sloppiest play I’ve seen, the Bucks summer has been devoid of much basketball joy. The 89-83 victory over Atlanta was nice enough to avoid utter embarrassment, but there weren’t many standout players beyond Bonzie Colson, who basically just looks like a guy who has been here before. Minnesota just beat the snot (90-66) out of an Atlanta team the Bucks barely eked out a win against. If I had to guess, the Bucks odds of winning are loooong in this one.
Bucks Player to Watch: Matt Farrell
Ya, this one is probably a stretch, but the bar is getting low here folks. He had a shake-and-bake move against Atlanta, seemed like he could maybe hit some perimeter jumpers and looks built for a little dude. With eight points and seven assists, he was a steady hand at the rudder. He also went to Notre Dame and sports a fittingly Irish name...I’m grasping at straws here folks. I really hope D.J. Wilson suits up.
Wolves Player to Watch: Josh Okogie
The stout defensive guard out of Wake Forest turned some heads last year as a supremely solid player for the Wolves drafted in the latter half of the first round. He ended with 15 points, seven rebounds and three blocks in the Wolves pummeling of the Hawks squad. He, along with Keita Bates-Diop bring some level of pedigree to the Wolves end. Hopefully, since the franchise made the trade official for Jarrett Culver yesterday, he may have a chance at suiting up to give the matchup some top-tier talent. He took in the Hawks game from the bench. If not, Okogie should still be a fun matchup, especially if he and Sterling get after it.
As a reminder, we’re going back to using this preview as the game thread as well, barring some late-breaking news that infects the thread with tangential posts. Can’t wait to stay up until 10 PM (11 PM for me) with all of you!
Tip Time: 8:00 PM CST
Where to Watch: ESPNU