Saturday, October 23, 2010

Bucks Fall to Timberwolves in Overtime

Luke Ridnour didn't have a great shooting night for his new team the Minnesota Timberwolves, but with one second left in overtime he hit three free throws for the win. That's what happens when you foul a guy beyond the arc as time expires. For the Bucks, it's not a good way to lose any game, but at least it is only preseason. Still, this was the last chance for the Bucks to work out any flaws in the system before the regular season starts, and hopefully they are ready to roll.

The man pictured above, Corey Maggette, saw his first action for the Bucks this year scoring 17 points. All of his 17 points came from the free throw line where he was 17-20. This is the exact reason the Bucks brought this guy in, because getting to the line was something no Buck could do last season.

With the 119-118 loss to the T'Wolves, Milwaukee finished with a 3-5 record in preseason. It was a positive exhibition season though, as it was good to see Bogut get playing time, as well as a chance for guys like Maggette to get on the court and gel with their new teammates. Health was a huge concern whether this team would be ready for opening night or not, but the way it looks now we should have a full roster. The only question mark might be John Salmons, because he didn't take part in any preseason action. Overall it is good to see mostly everyone getting minutes.

Some highlights from the last preseason game Friday night.

* Delfino led the team with 18 points, and seven other Bucks scored in double figures. Always good to see everyone chip in on the scoring.

* Milwaukee had 27 assists. This will be a key all year, because Milwaukee doesn't really have a guy that can take someone one on one.

* Andrew Bogut had 4 blocks in 25 minutes of play. This has to be a good sign to see he isn't afraid to still be that solid defender he was last season.

* Milwaukee coming in at 35-42 from the free throw line is something I will take all year. That is a good percentage, much better than their opponent who missed 14 shots from the line.

* Twenty-four turnovers for the Bucks. Ouch, this has to be cut down, but it still is only preseason. Plus this is what preseason is for, a chance to get those turnovers out of your system.

Wednesday comes the first real test to this season, as the Bucks open up the year on the road at New Orleans. Not sure what he Hornets are going to be like this year, but I would think they will be better than last year. So it will be a tough match up for the Bucks, but one I think they should win. Tip is at 7:00 Central time, and the game will be on FSNHD.

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