Week In Review: Bucks’ weaknesses exposed, still break even

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Jan 9, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Kendall Marshall (5) reacts after making a basket during the second quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Friday, Jan. 9: Minnesota Timberwolves at Milwaukee Bucks

It was scarf night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center Friday night (of course I had to go get one) and it was Milwaukee’s second straight game against a team with single-digit victories.  The quality of opponent stayed the same, and so did the result.

Milwaukee defeated Minnesota 98-84.

After a slow first quarter, Milwaukee turned it up a notch, outscoring Minnesota 34-16 in the second.  The Bucks never looked back after their big second quarter, having a comfortable lead for the rest of the game.

Friday night was also the debut of the newest Milwaukee Buck, Kenyon Martin.  While Martin only played seven minutes, it was a productive seven.  For one, the crowd was pretty excited when he came on the floor, when he scored his first two points, and when he was on the receiving end of this alley-oop.

Martin finished the game with six points, two rebounds, one kicked ball, and one shoulder throw.  I wouldn’t be surprised if Milwaukee wanted to keep him all year.

The scoring for Milwaukee was spread out like a wildfire Friday night as well.  The leading scorer for Milwaukee was Knight, who only totaled 14 points.  Four other players were in double digits, and every active player had at least four points on the night.

It was a great team effort, something this team has prided itself on.  However, the turnover problem reared its ugly head again against Minnesota.  Milwaukee had 22 turnovers, and frankly they were lucky to have been playing the Timberwolves.  This team isn’t good enough yet to turn the ball over that many times and expect to win against a quality opponent.

The win put Milwaukee at 20-18 on the year, and moved Milwaukee past the Cleveland Cavaliers for the fifth seed in the east.  Milwaukee’s next game was Saturday night against the Chicago Bulls.

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