Wolves win 119-118 in OT: That's 6-2 to finish preseason play
- Blog Post by: Jerry Zgoda
- October 23, 2010 - 1:50 AM
Wild and wacky, tonight's comeback victory over the Bucks in Milwaukee was all that and more.
* Luke Ridnour went back to Bradley Center and hit the long three-pointer that forced overtime, then won the game when he heaved up a desperation three, was fouled and converted all three foul shots with one second left for a one-point victory in which the Wolves trailed by 15 early.
I asked him afterward if he couldn't have waited a week.
The two teams play again in the regular season's second game, a week from tonight at Target Center.
"I got more in there," he said.
* The Wolves finished preseason 6-2. The only losses were both to Indiana.
"We are happy that preseason is over and the real action is starting in a few days," Darko Milicic said. "I think the teamis ready. We're looking pretty good on the court."
* They got their first real taste of the NBA 's new emphasis on overt reactions to officiating.
The officials called five Ts tonight, four on the Wolves: Michael Beasley and Corey Brewer got one each for reaction or arguing a call (Brewer got his sitting on the bench). Milicic got called for hanging on the rim after going high for a Ridnour alley-oop pass and then falling flat on his back after releasing his grasp of the rim.
Even assistant coach J.B.Bickerstaff got one.
"I think everybody got a technical, even like the assistant coaches and the trainers got technicals," Milicic said. "I think I got mine for hanging on the rim, but maybe it was for falling on my back. It was funny stuff."
* Officials called 62 fouls, the Wolves shot 50 free throws and the Bucks 42.
And get this: Bucks reserve forward Corey Maggette played less than 14 minutes before fouling out and yet in that time he got to the free-throw line 20 times and made 17 of them. Michael Bealsey (five fouls), Lazar Hayward (four fouls) and Corey Brewer (fouled out) all got some of their fouls trying to keep Maggette from attacking the basket without much success.
Those were all of Maggette's points, every one of them a free throw.
"I've never seen that," Ridnour said. "It was pretty impressive."
* The coaches have been pushing Milicic to be assert himself more offensively. He showed signed of that Sunday against the Bucks in Sioux Falls. Tonight, he returned after missing Tuesday's overtime loss to Indiana because of a sore neck and shoulder and showed some signs of aggressiveness, going to the rim for that slam dunk but also looking more for his shot.
Once, he even scored on a right-handed hook shot and he ran back down the court like Shaq does, only this time looking at his right hand in amazement. Afterward, he said he uses that hand so seldom, he feels like he should "celebrate" when he scores with it.
Rambis played Milicic and big Nikola Pekovic (who scored a preseason high 15) together some in the fourth quarter, with Milicic basically playing power forward. He handled the ball out away from the basket and made a nifty no-look pass to Pek for a layup.
"It was a no-look to no one," Pekovic said. "I saved it."
Afterward, Rambis called the experiment "interesting" and said he feels he'll be able to try combinations like that because Milicic is mobile enough to cover power and some small forwards in this league who like to play on the perimeter. He said he plans to demand more and more of Milicic offensively, as well.
* The Wolves played without Martell Webster (back), Wesley Johnson (hamstring) and Sebastian Telfair (shoulder), none of whom made the trip.
The Wolves are waiting for a second doctor's opinion before choosing a course of treatment for Webster's back, which he says he hurt with Portland in last spring's playoffs against Phoenix.
From listening to Rambis tonight, it sounds like Webster very well could miss Wednesday's opener against Sacramento but Rambis suggested he didn't think it was a "long term" injury.
Well, that's it from Milwaukee tonight.
Got an early flight back home. Kent Youngblood's got practice tomorrow.
Only five days until opening night!
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