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Bucks at Timberwolves
Target Center
7:00pm

TV Companion

TV: FS Wisconsin
Radio: WTMJ Radio 620
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Davis Dish - Bucks at Minnesota Marshfield Clinic Shining Moment - Bucks at Timberwolves
1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Final Score
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Bucks Head Coach Scott Skiles

Rebounding kind of told the story of the game?
That's 20 offensive, it was like they hit a switch. Fairly early in the game we were doing a decent job of getting stops and forcing them into shots, and it was almost like they said that they were not making shots tonight so we're just going to go to the boards, and they absolutely dominated us. We were very soft, nailed to the ground. We looked at a bunch of clips at halftime and we were just a really, really very poor effort game again.

Playing against Minnesota for the 3rd time
Look, they beat us three times now in a short period of time so you've got to give them credit. They've totally outplayed us pretty much every minute we've played against them in three games. We're not the type of team that can get outplayed and then come back and win. We were very sluggish out there. Offensively we're going to have some hiccups because we have new guys but our overall effort is nowhere where it needs to be.

Milwaukee just couldn't get momentum
It's hard to get a run going when a ball is shot and there are three or four Timberwolves jumping up and down for it and two or three Bucks players just standing around and looking at it. It was a theme all night and we went to the bench -- which you hate to have to take guys out in the second game of the season -- but we started getting some energy and playing hard. At that point we just couldn't get over the hump. We got off to a decent lead but from almost the first five minutes of the game on they owned us out there.

Bucks Forward Corey Maggette

On controlling Minnesota:
"A lot of second-chance points that they got us on. We should have done a better job. Not taking credit away from their team, because they played extremely well."

"The engine of the team is Ridnour, the way he plays, the way he distributes the ball. We had a tough time tonight."

"The biggest thing now is not to panic, I've been in situations with teams where we lost a lot of games, but you just can't panic right now. We've got 80 games left, so we just need to continue to stay positive. I have confidence in every individual on this team. We need to just get ready for Charlotte. We've got an opportunity; right now we were just a step slow. We're still getting guys coming back from injury and it's kind of tough that they dont have the momentum that they need. This is not the team that we are. We can be better, so we're just going to continue to work at it and go from there."

Bucks Guard Brandon Jennings

"They played hard. Thats about it."

On going against former teammate Luke Ridnour:
"No battle at all. They were just trying to get a win and so were we, and unfortunately we came up short."

On losing the rebound battle:
"They killed us on the boards. It seemed like they just wanted it more than we did tonight. I think right now we are kind of like in cruise control. We'll need to change that fast."

"We had chances. We just couldnt pull it through at the end."

Bucks Forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute

"We played pretty good defense all the way around. It seemed like every time we made a stop, somebody would come and tip the ball in or get the offensive rebound."

"They just wanted a win more than we did, I feel like they were just going after every ball on the offensive glass and defensive glass. They were the ones making the plays and we were the ones just out there standing. When we realized, it was too late."


BOGUT ON BOARD With his 15 boards on Wednesday night, Andrew Bogut has passed the 3,000 rebound mark for his career and currently stands at 3,015. That number puts him 36 rebounds away from passing Ervin Johnson (3,050) for 10th place in franchise history in rebounds. Bogut is also closing in on other milestones. With 4,218 points he now needs 109 to pass Jay Humphries (4,336) for 20th in team history and at 451 blocks, he needs 24 more to pass Randy Breuer for fifth place.

DOUBLE-DOUBLES OUT OF THREE AIN'T BAD The Bucks had three players record double-doubles in the season opener with Andrew Bogut tallying 15 points and grabbing 15 rebounds, Drew Gooden scoring 15 and snaring 11 rebounds and Brandon Jennings scoring 15 and adding 10 dimes. It was the first time the Bucks had three players notch double-doubles in the same game since Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (21 points and 11 rebounds), Ramon Sessions (20 points and 11 assists) and Charlie Villanueva (19 points and 12 rebounds) accomplished it on March 6, 2009 at Chicago.

IMPRESSIVE IMPROVEMENTS The Bucks made the largest improvement in the East last season and third-best in the NBA, winning 12 more games than they won the prior year (34-48 in 2008-09). From the 2007-08 season, the Bucks improved on their 26-56 record by 20 games. Milwaukee's 46 wins were their most wins since going 52- 30 in the 2000-01 season. The Bucks also won 30 games (31-21) against the Eastern Conference for the first time since posting a 33-21 mark in 2003-04.

NEARING NUMBERS Several Bucks are closing in on personal milestones. Among them are: Carlos Delfino (241) is nine steals away from 250 for his career. Delfino (334) also needs 16 threes to reach 350. Keyon Dooling (596) needs four games to reach 600 for his career and five steals to reach 400. Ersan Ilyasova (148) is two games away from 150 for his career. Brandon Jennings (147) needs three 3-pointers for 150 in his career and is 20 assists away from 500.
  • The Bucks opened the season in New Orleans on Wednesday, the 26th consecutive year they've opened the season on the road. Milwaukee's record is now 14-12 in those openers.

  • With Keyon Dooling, Drew Gooden, Corey Maggette and Larry Sanders making their Bucks debuts on Wednesday night, the franchise has now had 318 players appear in a regular season game in the franchise's history.

  • Carlos Delfino narrowly missed a couple career-highs on Wednesday. His five threes were one off his careerbest (six, accomplished three times), three steals were one off his career-best (four, five times).

  • Last season, after compiling a 46-36 regular season record, the Bucks made it to the playoffs for the first time since the 2005-06 season. The Bucks stretched the series with Atlanta to the full seven games, but the Hawks were able to capitalize on their home court advantage and advance to the second round.
Jennings
Salmons
Delfino
Gooden
Bogut
PG
SG
SF
PF
C
Ridnour
Ellington
Beasley
Love
Milicic
*Projected Starters by Bucks.com



Player Injury
Status
Jon Brockman Left ankle injury
Day-to-Day
Chris Douglas-Roberts Right eye injury
Not With Team
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute Right ankle injury
Day-to-Day
Darington Hobson Left hip surgery
Out
Michael Redd Torn ACL & MCL
Out
Player Injury
Status
Jonny Flynn Left hip surgery
Out
Martell Webster Microdiscectomy
Out


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