Battle of the cold places: A Bucks – Timberwolves Preview
What to Watch For: Bucks
Nate Wolters returns home. He got to play in South Dakota in the preseason where Larry Drew gave him a surprise start in the state where he went to college. The Bucks beat the Timberwolves, 98-89, and Wolters had a mini-outburst with 10 points. But this game is a bit different because it’s the regular season and because South Dakota was a second home for Wolters whereas Minnesota is his home home.
Wolters should be fresh. In the nine games prior to the Ramon Sessions trade, Wolters averaged 31.4 minutes per game. In the nine games since the trade, his minutes have dropped to 20.4.
The Bucks as a whole soon may not be as fresh. This game is the second half of a rare Monday-Tuesday back-t0-back, and it kicks off a stretch where the Bucks play 7 out of 8 games on the road (including a four-game West Coast trip) over a two-week span.
What to Watch For: Timberwolves
Pat Garofalo, a state representative from Minnesota, tweeted this asinine and mostly racist thing Sunday night:
Let’s be honest, 70% of teams in NBA could fold tomorrow + nobody would notice a difference w/ possible exception of increase in streetcrime
— Rep. Pat Garofalo (@PatGarofalo) March 9, 2014
He apologized, but still. Asinine.
Kevin Love poked back at Tyson Chandler’s claim that Love doesn’t play defense.
In non-soap-opera-y news, the Timberwolves are the rare NBA team that scores well (108.8 points per 100 possessions, 9th in NBA) despite not being particularly proficient at three-pointers (33.9%, 26th in NBA).
Time – 7:00 p.m. CST
TV – Fox Sports Wisconsin
Radio – 620 WTMJ
Bucks: Ekpe Udoh (right knee swelling, questionable), Carlos Delfino (foot surgery; out), Larry Sanders (face surgery; out)
Timberwolves: Ronny Turiaf (knee bruise; out), A.J. Price (appendectomy; out)
PG Nate Wolters
SG Brandon Knight
SF Khris Middleton
PF Ersan Ilyasova
C Zaza Pachulia
PG Ricky Rubio
SG Kevin Martin
SF Corey Brewer
PF Kevin Love
C Nikola Pekovic
Choose the form of the Destroyer: Chase Budinger
Budinger missed the start of the season with a knee injury. The Timberwolves went 17-17 in his absence, and they’re 14-14 since he came back. So maybe he’s not a difference maker. He is, however, the type of offensive small forward that has given the newest iteration of the Bucks fits. So maybe he is a difference maker for this one game.
If that makes any sense.
Prediction: Timberwolves 108 – Bucks 101