Bucks at Wolves
7:00 pm CST
The Wolves host the Bucks tonight at Target Center before they head off on a three game western swing. The Bucks are on the second night of a back to back after hosting Detroit yesterday in Milwaukee.
This game features a match up of the top two picks in this year's draft, as Andrew Wiggins will face off against Jabari Parker. Parker is averaging 12 points per game in just under 30 minutes, but is struggling beyond the arc and hasn't yet learned how to get to the free throw line. Wiggins meanwhile is coming off his biggest game as a pro, but is also struggling with his efficiency and the non-scoring parts of his game, though his defense has been a bright spot.
The Bucks are off to a decent start on the strength of their defense, which is in the top 10 in the league. They force a lot of turnovers, so hanging on to the ball will be key for the Wolves. On the other hand, they are a poor defensive rebounding squad, something that Gorgui Dieng and Shabazz Muhammad will hopefully be able to take advantage of.
Brandon Knight has taken a major step forward so far this season at the point guard spot, scoring better than ever and piling up the assists. And it's always fun to see the Greek Freak, Giannis Antetokounmpo in action. He's looking much better early in his second season than he did as a rookie--scoring more and more efficiently, getting to the free throw line more, committing fewer turnovers, and generally playing with more control of his game.
For the Wolves, Thad Young will be back in action; it will be interesting to see who gets the backup minutes at the four. That seems to have become a battle between Muhammad and Anthony Bennett in Young's absence. Muhammad can of course slide down and play some wing minutes, but with Brewer and Wiggins starting in those spots and Chase Budinger showing some signs of life recently, figuring out the rotation will be an ongoing issue for Flip Saunders as he juggles a short and somewhat unbalanced roster.
Still, the opportunity for the young guys to impress and progress remains as the Wolves are without several key players.
Here is a link to our blogging buddies for the evening at the excellent Brew Hoop.
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Enjoy the game. Chat about it here. John will have a recap later.
If I don't get to say so tomorrow--happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Thanks for being a part of this.