Kurt Helin at NBC sports:
“The Minnesota Timberwolves made a “we are a team to watch” statement Monday, going into Atlanta on the second night of a back-to-back and beating the Hawks. Andrew Wiggins made a statement with [his] emphatic dunk off the give-and-go. That and his 33 points. Minnesota led by as many as 34 and had to hang on at the end for the win, but this is still an impressive victory. Minnesota is 4-2 on the young season and have looked like a team that could be in playoff contention in the West.”
“Andrew Wiggins was hoping he wouldn't lose his shooting touch as the Atlanta Hawks kept pushing to wipe out a huge deficit. ‘Any team down is going to come back fighting,'' Wiggins said. ''We knew that.'' Minnesota led 72-42 at halftime. The largest halftime deficit overcome to win was 34 points by Utah against Denver on Nov. 27, 1996, according to research by STATS dating to the 1951-52 season. The Timberwolves avoided what would have been the franchise's biggest blown lead in a loss. They led by 29 before falling to Dallas on Dec. 30, 2008. ''We kept coming in the huddle and saying that we're going to win this game,'' Towns said. ''We had all the confidence in the world that we would get it together.'' It marked the first time in Wiggins' two-year career that he's had consecutive 30-point games. His 3-pointer early in the third made it 81-47.
Jerry Zdoga with the Star-Tribune
“Mitchell alternately called Wiggins’ performance “unbelievable” and “amazing” and praised Towns’ play as well. “It’s important, it’s part of their development,” Mitchell said. “That’s how they learn. Karl didn’t shy away from contact or the ball, and Andrew was calling for the ball and wanted the ball. I think you saw in Andrew for the first time some emotion.” Towns reared back and roared after he rejected a shot, the kind of expression Wolves fans already have come to expect from him just two weeks into his NBA career. “He gets hyper over everything,” Wiggins said, smiling. “We feed off that. That’s positive momentum for us.”
Todd Barin from NBA.com
"Only being 19 years of age, Towns has shocked the league with his rare combination of size and athleticism. Standing 7-feet tall with an impressive 7’3 wingspan and weighing in at 250 pounds, the New Jersey native is a basketball coach’s dream."
From our friends at Upside and Motor:
"Towns’ offensively versatility may be the scariest part about his game. You saw the smooth jumper in one of the above clips, a juicy part of his game that is developing and could be a huge weapon in a modern NBA that is big on spacing. He is already using that shot and his sneaky quickness to pump fake defenders in the air and beat them off the dribble. The ceiling on this guy seems limitless at this point, especially given the fact that he only turns 20-years-old in a week."
Deadspin on Jeff Teague's lashing out at Nemanja Bjelica:
"It had been a long and frustrating sequence for Jeff Teague. He’d had his shot blocked twice by terrifying rubber giant Karl-Anthony Towns. The refs had missed a possible eight-second violation on the Timberwolves. Andrew Wiggins hit a crazy and-one. A tie game had become a six-point deficit with a little over a minute left to play.
"And so, at the end of this long, frustrating sequence at the end of this long, frustrating night, Teague put his head down, flung himself at the summit of Mount Towns one last time ... and bounced off Towns’s chest like a Nerf dart. He didn’t even get a whistle for it. This was it, man. Jeff Teague was fed up!
"...in all seriousness, this is some punk-ass shit. Even if you think Towns fouled Teague, there—he might have, whatever—poor Nemanja Bjelica hadn’t even done anything, man. All he did was get a rebound and pass the ball to Ricky Rubio. He wasn’t even looking! And Jeff Teague whacked him right in the face. Jeff Teague is kind of a shithead."
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ESPN hack Mark Stein criminally underrates our TWolves at 25:
"You'd be hearing more about Andrew Wiggins' early shooting woes if Karl-Anthony Towns wasn't making rookie history on a weekly basis and making know-it-alls like me regret not tabbing him as the preseason ROY. In case you haven't heard yet: Towns is the first NBA teen ever with three double-doubles in his first five games."
Currently unemployed NBA writer Zach Lowe (@Zach_lowe_NBA) via Twitter:
“Very excited to be heading to Minny tomorrow to see these Wolves up close.”
Need a new gig gig an exciting new fan blog, Zach?
Hornets heading into town tonight. Check in later for the primer. Timber up, Wolfpack!