In their most impressive and dominant showing of the young season, the Milwaukee Bucks bested the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night to move to 5-0 for the first time since 1971.
This game was seemingly over before it started. From start to finish, the Milwaukee Bucks embarrassed the Minnesota Timberwolves in every way on Friday night in downtown Minneapolis, as head coach Mike Budenholzer got to empty the bench midway through the second half.
The blowout did nothing to ease the drama surrounding the Timberwolves and Jimmy Butler, as the early chorus of boos at the Target Center eventually gave way to a “Bucks in 6” chant.
The overall team stats for the Bucks were eye-popping. Milwaukee made 19 three-pointers on 46 attempts, which would’ve seemed impossible only six months ago. Not to mention the 62 team rebounds, an almost unbelievable number after years of Jason Kidd putting no emphasis on team rebounding.
The Bucks’ 53 percent field goal percentage was certainly positive too, but not as impressive as the 32 percent defensive field goal percentage. A net 21 percent difference is a margin that is almost unheard of in the NBA.
Despite the Timberwolves not putting points on the board until the 7:19 mark of the first quarter, the Bucks only had seven of their own points at the time. It was a sloppy start for both teams, but the surprisingly effective late first quarter unit of Malcolm Brogdon, Donte DiVincenzo, Khris Middleton, Ersan Ilyasova, and John Henson turned the switch on, and the Bucks would never look back. Every lineup combination the rest of the night seemed to work.
With that fact in mind, let’s take a look at the individual performances in the best team win of the season to date.