Milwaukee Bucks: Takeaways from brutal loss to Minnesota Timberwolves

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After a string of uncharacteristically quiet days, the Milwaukee Bucks certainly turned things up a notch and had a very busy Friday.

In addition to announcing the re-signing of Thanasis Antetokounmpo and reportedly attending a workout for free agent Lance Stephenson, they had a Summer League game. Playing against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Bucks looked depleted from the start and would put up little resistance en route to a brutal 91-64 defeat. They now fall to 1-2 in the 2021 Summer League.

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While there are scarcely ever any positive takeaways from a near 30-point defeat, the Bucks did have some standout nights from a few select players. Even in defeat, these games allow the younger players to show off their skills as they look to catch attention from onlookers and maybe even secure a roster spot from the team they are playing for.

With all that being said, here are three takeaways that stood out in the team’s loss to the Timberwolves yesterday.

Brandon Randolph had a standout performance for the Milwaukee Bucks

In a game where the Bucks struggled to play competent basketball, Brandon Randolph was one of the few positives to come out of the loss.

The starting shooting guard finished as Milwaukee’s leading scorer with 17 points, shooting an efficient 6-of-12 from the floor, including 2-of-5 from deep. Also knocking down three of his four attempts from the free throw line, Randolph had the most consistent scoring touch for the Bucks all afternoon. Although it did not exactly shorten the deficit they faced throughout the game, his scoring was very welcoming, and Randolph undeniably did his part offensively.

While his scoring punch was what stood out the most, and justifiably so, the guard had himself an all-around impact as he stuffed the stat sheet elsewhere. Randolph would tally three boards, one assist, one steal, and one blocked shot in his 24-and-a-half minutes played. He was doing a bit of everything in the loss, playing actively on both sides of the ball to rightfully catch some attention from those watching.

Overlooking the three personal fouls and two turnovers in the game, the former Arizona Wildcat was solid from start to finish. Keep an eye on him moving forward as he continues to show signs of untapped potential throughout this Summer League run with the Bucks. Time will tell if he can follow up this strong performance with another as he looks to land on a roster somewhere.