MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- After stressing defense throughout training
camp, Timberwolves head coach Dwane Casey had little to say about
rookie Rashad McCants' 18-point offensive outburst in the first
"Rashad McCants has a lot to learn defensively even though he
had 18 points," Casey said after the Milwaukee Bucks beat
Minnesota 92-89 on Wednesday in the preseason opener for both
"Offensively he knows how to put numbers up, but defensively he
gave up some easy ones," Casey said. "But, that's what exhibition
McCants, the Wolves first round draft choice, agreed with his
"That's my first game and I got a lot to learn," McCants said.
"I think that's the whole thing about being a rookie, you have to
learn your way."
First overall pick Andrew Bogut had nine points and nine
rebounds and the Milwaukee Bucks scored 40 points in the paint en
route to the win.
Minnesota forward Kevin Garnett sat out the game with a sore
right knee and the Timberwolves lost Wally Szczerbiak in the third
quarter when he sprained his right foot. After the game, Szczerbiak
was wearing a boot on his injured foot and said he will have X-rays
taken on Thursday.
"It's throbbing pretty good right now," said Szczerbiak, who
has had problems with his other foot in the past. "But, I think as
long as there's no break, it's no problem."
Szczerbiak had all 11 of his points in the first half as the
Timberwolves built a 48-40 lead.
The Wolves led 48-40 at halftime and 66-62 after three, but were
outscored 30-23 in the final quarter.
"I thought that was a typical exhibition game," Casey said.
"I saw a lot of good things in the first half and I thought our
young guys played like young guys during that stretch run in the
Minnesota guard Marko Jaric, who sprained his right ankle in
practice on Tuesday, also sat out along with point guard Anthony
Bucks point guard T.J. Ford, who missed the last 1½ seasons with
a spinal injury, didn't make the trip to Minnesota because of a
sprained left index finger.
Bucks forward Joe Smith also didn't suit up with pain in his