After a two-day layoff, the Milwaukee Bucks travel north to take on their cross-conference geographical foes, the Minnesota Timberwolves. Of most note is the tipoff time, which was changed after the Wolves played an afternoon game yesterday to make up for Monday’s postponement.
The NBA announced today that tomorrow’s game between the Bucks and Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center will now tip off at 3:30 p.m. CT.— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) April 14, 2021
Wednesday’s game will be broadcast on @BallySportWI and can be heard locally on @ESPNMilwaukee and across the BMO Bucks Radio Network.
Where We’re At
The Milwaukee Bucks finally got right after a three-game losing streak, thumping the Orlando Magic team that looks ready for this season to finish already. That 124-87 victory still featured no Giannis, nor any Bucks scoring more than 21, but the Magic shot just 22.2% from deep as Milwaukee poured on the points in the second half. There really wasn’t much to take away from it other than a W, which was sorely needed after the frustrating losses of the week prior. Now, they head up to take on a Minnesota team that likely has far more important things populating their mind. The Bucks, no strangers to taking on causes much bigger than basketball, also commented on the Daunte Wright shooting by a police officer.
Khris Middleton opened his media availability today talking about the police shooting of Daunte Wright.— Eric Nehm (@eric_nehm) April 13, 2021
"They're calling it an accident, a mistake, but I don't think that's just acceptable. It's happened over and over again, time and time again."
His full thought: pic.twitter.com/1fDX0y1QTM
The Timberwolves and Nets game was postponed on Monday. They played Tuesday and lost 127-97.
We have a basketball game today.— Minnesota Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) April 13, 2021
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Justice for Daunte Wright.
Karl-Anthony Towns didn’t play in that game as he was with his family, grieving on the anniversary of his mother’s death due to COVID-19. D’Angelo Russell came off the bench as he continues to work back from injury. Anthony Edwards scored 27 (on 22 shots), but the volume scoring rookie has been doing that all season since he’s been cut loose to score. He’s shooting under 40% overall and 31% on threes. The Timberwolves are bottom-five in offensive and defensive rating and haven’t been fully healthy all season long. Plus, it appears an ownership change is imminent, purchased by Alex Rodriguez and Marc Lore.
This franchise has been in such disarray and flux for so long, they really are in dire need of some sense of direction since Kevin Garnett left. The Bucks beat them 139-112 back on February 23rd, so this will be their last matchup of the season.
PJ Tucker and Giannis Antetokounmpo are both questionable on the injury report, but were participants in practice. Progress.
Per Mike Budenholzer, Giannis Antetokounmpo and P.J. Tucker were both full participants in today's practice.— Eric Nehm (@eric_nehm) April 13, 2021
"We'll see how they both respond to practicing today and how their bodies feel and how they feel in general and make a decision on availability for the game." - Bud
Player to Watch
I know Anthony Edwards is essentially a chucker at this point in his development, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to see how the number one pick has progressed under new coach Chris Finch. Whether he can harness his raw athleticism into any semblance of a foundational star for this team is a question that could define their direction for years, and I’m curious if he’s made any steps in the last two months.
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