The Star-Tribune on Wiggins’ and Rubio’s knees:
So how long will they be out? After the 104-95 loss to the Hornets, Mitchell said he didn’t know. “I spent my time trying to coach the team,” he said.
More will be known Wednesday. Mitchell did say he hoped both injuries were minor.
Wiggins was bothered by a sore back earlier in the regular season. Rubio was hampered by a quadriceps injury in the preseason. “I was excited about the game,” Mitchell said. “Especially how we played in Chicago and Atlanta [both wins]. We come home and, an hour before the game, we find out our starting point guard and 2 guard are out.”
The Star-Tribune breaks down some advanced analytics for the so-called "casuals" in our midst:
"I’m not a huge fan of the plus-minus rating. So much of that stat has to do with the players someone plays with. That said, check out tonight’s plus-minus ratings:
Wolves starters: Tayshaun Prince, Adreian Payne and Zach LaVine all plus-13. Karl-Anthony Towns and Kevin Martin both plus-10.
"Wolves reserves: Tyus Jones minus-23. Nemanja Bjelica and Shabazz Muhammad both minus-21. Gorgui Dieng minus-20. Andrew Miller minus-9.
"The Wolves bench has been a strength all season. But, with Ricky Rubio and Andrew Wiggins both out with sore knees, and with Kevin Garnett resting, three normal bench players – Payne, Martin and LaVine – became starters. And the Wolves bench, suddenly, became pretty lean."
“Karl-Anthony Towns had another monster game despite only playing 30 minutes. Putting up 19 points (7-for-16), 13 rebounds and three blocks, which gives him five double-doubles in seven games. Towns looked like the better man on the floor all night against the more experienced Al Jefferson, holding the former Wolf to only nine points and four rebounds. ‘I knew I had to come and bring my A-game on defense for him and just went out there and made it very hard for him to do a lot of his funky moves,’ Towns said.”
Jack Winter at UPROXX on Levine:
“Zach LaVine is nowhere near a complete basketball player. At this stage of his young career, the Minnesota Timberwolves guard is still something closer to a question than answer. He takes bad shots, gets lost on defense, and strays from two-way team concepts at least as often as he makes positive contributions.
“LaVine had 20 points, five rebounds, and eight assists in short-handed Minnesota’s 104-95 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday. Just one night earlier, he notched 13 points, six assists, and three steals during the ‘Wolves’ wild win over the Atlanta Hawks.
“That’s the good news, and it still mostly overshadows the bad – eight turnovers against Charlotte and a second-half collapse against Atlanta that marked his team’s near-collapse from a 34-point lead. But Minnesota needs to see more strides than slips from LaVine if the franchise can count on him as a long-term cog alongside Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Ricky Rubio.”
Still unemployed NBA writer Zach Lowe (@Zach_lowe_NBA) was in the house last night and live tweeted the game. Some observations:
“Karl-Anthony Towns is so damn exciting. He also tells people it is his "honor" to meet them upon first introduction. So, yeah. KAT”
“Sam Mitchell on bench telling LaVine, "Don't worry about it," and that LaVine is going "too fast."”
“KG might be the most involved inactive player I've ever seen. Talking to everyone, leaning in to pay extra attention in huddles, etc.”
Marcus R. Fuller of twincities.com on TWolves rookie Tyus Jones:
“Tyus Jones arrived at Target Center on Tuesday thinking he probably would have to wait another game to make his NBA debut. The Timberwolves' rookie point guard would be activated when Kevin Garnett decided to rest for the night. Then two more starters were listed as out an hour before the game when Ricky Rubio and Andrew Wiggins were sidelined by knee injuries. Jones, who had one point on 0-for-4 shooting with an assist and steal in 12 minutes, got his first taste of a regular-season NBA game with a few minutes left in the first quarter.
"It felt great," he said. ‘That's the moment you dream of and work hard for. So to get that opportunity was just an exciting feeling.’”
Rant Sports ranks every NBA team’s worth draft pick of all time:
Year, pick: 2009, 6th overall. Flynn seemed like a stretch, even when the T'Wolves took him with their sixth pick, and the selection looked worse and worse throughout his rookie season. He wasn't able to be the type of playmaker he was at Syracuse and, ultimately, he folded. After just three seasons in the NBA, his career was over.
An amazing -- and often touching --retrospective on our favorite Spaniard's hairstyles over his years in the Twin Cities:
Warriors come to town Thursday night… how about we get healthy by then, eh? WolvesUp!