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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.

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.

The Timberwolves and Nets game was postponed on Monday. They played Tuesday and lost 127-97.

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.

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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