NBA Basketball

130
Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Milwaukee 24 37 45 24 130
Minnesota 19 25 35 26 105
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1:30 PM PT2:30 PM MT3:30 PM CT4:30 PM ET20:30 GMT4:30 1:30 PM MST3:30 PM EST0:30 UAE (+1)21:3016:30 ET2:30 PM CT19:30 , April 14, 2021
Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Bucks, Timberwolves ready for afternoon tilt

According to STATS
According to STATS

Milwaukee Bucks at Minnesota Timberwolves

  1. The Bucks are 11-2 in their last 13 games against the Timberwolves, dating back to the start of the 2014-15 season. But the Timberwolves still hold a 31-30 lead in the all-time series.
  2. The Nets held the Timberwolves to 97 points yesterday, their lowest total since February 19, and it ended Minnesota's streak of 19 straight 100-point games. That was the second longest streak of 100-point games in team history, behind a 30-game streak from 2019.
  3. The Bucks are playing their first game since Sunday, but they are only 6-4 in games with two or more days of rest this season.
  4. Will Giannis Antetokounmpo return tonight? In his last three games against Minnesota he's averaged 34.3 points and 13.3 rebounds per game while making 67.8 percent of his shots (40/59).
  5. Karl-Anthony Towns had a career high 11 assists in the last game between these teams, on February 23. His only other game in double-digits in assists was on December 28, 2016 at Denver (10 assists).
  6. Anthony Edwards is averaging 23.8 points since the All-Star break, after entering the hiatus averaging 14.9 points per game. That's the largest increase in scoring in the NBA since the break this season (+8.9 ppg; played in 70% of team's games before and after break).

The two-day break in between Milwaukee Bucks games came in handy for Giannis Antetokounmpo as he continues to progress toward a return from a sore left knee.

Exactly when Antetokounmpo will return is still unclear.

Antetokounmpo, the NBA's reigning Most Valuable Player, missed his fifth consecutive game on Sunday. The Bucks, however, persevered with a comfortable 124-87 victory against the Magic in Orlando.

Milwaukee continues its three-game road trip in Minnesota on Wednesday afternoon against the Timberwolves.

Antetokounmpo worked out with the team on Sunday before the game, and didn't show any ill effects according to Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer. Milwaukee is 6-6 during its recent stretch where Antetokounmpo has missed seven of the past 12 games.

"He's such a hard worker and he always has a plan for how he's going to improve and attack a game or the season, so he's in a good place," Budenholzer said. "The conversations are positive and he understands the plan. Just keep working your way through it, don't rush it and have patience."

The Timberwolves were without center Karl-Anthony Towns on Tuesday during a 127-97 blowout loss at home to the Brooklyn Nets.

The game was moved from Monday night in the wake of the police shooting of Daunte Wright, which sparked protests around the city of Minneapolis. Players from both teams wore black warmup shirts pregame that read, "With liberty and justice for all," with the last two words capitalized for emphasis.

"It's not something you can get numb to and not something to feel like it's normal because it's not normal," Timberwolves general manager Gersson Rosas said during an interview with ESPN Radio. "A life was lost last night, and that's something that impacts all of us."

Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, was shot by a police officer in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center during a traffic stop on Sunday. According to reports, the Brooklyn Center police chief said the shooting was accidental, as the officer involved intended to fire a stun gun and not a handgun during a struggle with Wright, whom police were trying to arrest on an outstanding warrant.

"We live here," Rosas said. "This is our community. To be experiencing this again in the middle of a trial is something that's very emotional and overwhelming."

Milwaukee snapped a three-game losing streak against Orlando led by Khris Middleton's 21 points. The Bucks shot 48.9 percent overall and made 19 three-pointers. Bobby Portis made four of those triples and finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Pat Connaughton started in Antetokounmpo's place and scored 11 points in 17 minutes.

"We lost three in a row, kind of good to you know, win again and feel the vibes, man," Portis said after the game. "It sucks when you lose, man. The air just isn't the same, man, when you breathe, man. Kind of good to get a win tonight and just try to get this back rolling."

Towns opted out of Tuesday's game to spend time with his family as he mourned the one-year anniversary of his mother's death as a result of COVID-19.

Rookie Anthony Edwards led the Timberwolves with 27 points and eight rebounds while D'Angelo Russell finished with 15 points off the bench.

When Towns returns to the court, Minnesota will continue to get a look at the potent combo of him and Russell in what would be their fourth game together since the latter returned following a two-month absence due to knee surgery.

--Field Level Media

Updated April 13, 2021

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