NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, December 28th
(All times Eastern)
Minnesota Timberwolves (14-15) at Milwaukee Bucks (6-23), 8:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves look to stay
on track when they visit the Milwaukee Bucks Saturday at the Bradley Center.
Love is averaging 30.5 points per game in his last nine and has scored at
least 20 points in each of those games. He has recorded five straight double-
doubles, is third in the NBA in scoring (25.9 ppg) and first in rebounding
The Timberwolves received 25 points and 11 rebounds from Love in Friday's
120-98 drubbing of the Washington Wizards. The win came after dropping back-
to-back decisions to both Los Angeles squads. Nikola Pekovic posted 18 points
and 10 rebounds, J.J. Barea added 17 points off the bench and Alexey Shved
netted 13 in a reserve role.
Minnesota shot 49.4 percent (42-of-85) and committed only five turnovers. It
led by as many as 24 points.
"We shot 49 percent," said Wolves head coach Rick Adelman. "Especially after
the start of the game we were in the 20's there for a while. It's just
something we gotta keep working on now that this game is over we gotta figure
it out tomorrow against Milwaukee."
The T'Wolves, who are just 5-11 on the road and winless in three straight as
the visitor, will start a three-game homestand Monday versus Dallas, New
Orleans and Oklahoma City.
Meanwhile, the Bucks have dropped two in a row and seven of eight games,
including Friday's 104-93 setback against the Brooklyn Nets.
Giannis Antetokounmpo ended with 16 points and 10 rebounds, Khris Middleton
chipped in 15 points and eight boards and O.J. Mayo netted 13 off the bench
for Milwaukee, which shot 37.5 percent for the game and sank only 9-of-32 from
"We just have to be better," said Bucks head coach Larry Drew. "On the road we
have to have more of a road mentality. We've got to be a little bit more
selective with our shots. We can't turn the basketball over and we have to
control the boards."
Following Saturday's game versus the Wolves, Milwaukee, which is 3-11 in Brew
City, will head west to take on the Lakers, Utah and Phoenix.
Milwaukee dropped both meetings with Minnesota last season, but is 7-2 in the
past nine as the host in this series.
12/28 10:28:36 ET