Pre-Season Game 5: Milwaukee Bucks 106, Minnesota Timberwolves 88 Notes & Reactions

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Oct 20, 2015; Madison, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Michael Carter-Williams (5) drives to he basket against Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio (9) in the first quarter at Kohl Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

The Milwaukee Bucks just didn’t look that good in their first four preseason games. Sure, they beat the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier this October–but that team’s lineup looked like an underachieving D-League team, and the Bucks only won by nine points.

The Minnesota Timberwolves met the Bucks for a preseason contest in Madison on Tuesday, and for the first time for an entire game the Bucks looked good. Good enough to beat a promising young Timberwolves squad soundly, with a final score of 106-88.

This game had all sorts of fun notes for Bucks’ fans, but the main story had to be Michael Carter-Williams finally looking like he was well worth trading for. MCW managed 16 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block in his 27 minutes.

The Bucks continued to miss shots from long-range in Madison, but the team has seemingly solved its rebounding problem–Milwaukee grabbed a full 18 more boards than the Wolves managed to snag.

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Although it was the weaker side of the ball for the Bucks last season, the team’s offense ran really well on Tuesday. Well, besides the eye-opening 24 turnovers. But the team shot over 50 percent from the field, which made up for the frequent turnovers against Minnesota.

Unfortunately Josh Powell got minutes, so this game wasn’t perfect. But it was very good, and that’s a start. Reactions to this game were generally good, so that’s the place to start in analyzing this great Bucks win.

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