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

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Oct 20, 2015; Madison, WI, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio (9) tries to steal ball from Milwaukee Bucks center Greg Monroe (15) in the third quarter at Kohl Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

The Bad

Although it was nice to see Giannis get more reckless in this game, it would’ve been even nicer to see him both attack incessantly and play well while doing it. Antetokounmpo shot under 40 percent from the field and managed just twelve points, five rebounds, two blocks, a steal and an assist in his 29 minutes.

Giannis still made an impact all over, but maybe jawing with Kevin Garnett all game distracted him a bit? Who knows what kinds of things KG says to get in an opposing player’s head.

Ball security continues to plague the Young Bucks, and that’s an issue that might stick around for a while. Milwaukee managed to win anyway on Tuesday, but the team can’t expect a great season if they continue to tally more turnovers than assists per game.

The Bucks also fouled. A lot. The team combined for 30 personal fouls, which landed Middleton, Antetokounmpo, O.J. Mayo and Greivis Vasquez all in foul trouble (at least four personal fouls) by the end of the game.

Finally, Jason Kidd really needs to get his team shooting more free throws in practice. The Bucks made under 70 percent of their foul shots, which has been typical for the team. Milwaukee is making just over 70 percent of their free throws this preseason, bad enough for 25th among NBA teams.

Those are free points the Bucks are just passing up on. Making free throws is the easiest advantage to have in close games–when the final score is determined by ten points or less, good or bad foul shooting can make a massive impact. Clean it up, Milwaukee.

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