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“While the Wolves are still seen a year away from contending from a playoff spot at least, it's great to see them scrapping and fighting against a team that's clearly the NBA's best. The eclectic mix of super young and extremely old (Kevin Garnett and Tayshaun Prince) is eye-popping at times, but it's fantastic for Minnesota, giving their youngsters tangible role models that extend beyond 48 minutes each night.
“So many other teams have called it quits when faced with a lead like that against the Warriors. Instead, Minnesota raced to an 18-2 run, taking advantage of Luke Walton's unfazed rotations that rested Curry until the middle of the fourth. Another veteran is the 32-year-old Kevin Martin and he's making his impact felt, scoring 15 points and dishing out six assists as the Timberwolves tried to replace Rubio's absence with a team effort.”
“In front of a packed and energetic crowd, the Wolves trailed by only six points with six minutes to go. Going blow-for-blow with the defending champions in a high-intensity atmosphere, Minnesota trailed 116-108 with four minutes to go.
The Wolves did everything in their power to try and muster a comeback, but the Warriors were just too much in the end, closing out the game 129-116.
“’We just stuck to our principles,’ Wiggins said regarding the Wolves’ comeback. ‘We worked hard, stayed aggressive. Tried to take advantage of some shots. Curry made some tough shots. We played good defense, they just had better offense.’”
“The Timberwolves drafted Kentucky center Karl-Anthony Towns No. 1 overall at the 2015 NBA draft. Over the course of the summer and so far this season, Towns has shown why he was picked first through his consistent performance, attitude and immediate contributions. If things continue to flourish for this young man as we have seen thus far, he may very well be the missing piece the Timberwolves need to complete the championship puzzle.
“One of most attractive things about Towns is his versatility. He is a center who can also play at power forward, which will give the Timberwolves plenty of options in the event of injuries. He is a great scoring option for the team. Over the first eight games of the season, he is averaging 16.1 points per game, 10.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks. He has also racked up four double-doubles in six of the eight games, per ESPN Stats and Info.”
“Rubio's injury is considered minor and a result of the point guard's body still getting used to heavy minutes in the NBA after playing just 22 games last season because of an injured ankle. ... The Wolves are off to their worst start at home since 1994 when they lost their first 10 home games.”
"It's almost like putting a bunch of puppies in a box, shaking it up and watching the puppies go at it a little bit," he said. "But it's fun. You like to see growth, and you're starting to see it.... We've got to play better at home. We've got to defend home and establish something here. But it takes time to do all things."
At Indiana tonight… primer will be up later. Is it strange that I’m actually excited about road games at this point? Not after an 0-4 home start, I guess. Let’s get back on track, Wolfpack, and don’t forget to visit our sponsors.