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“It’s one thing to have the Golden State Warriors shoot the heck out of the ball on you. But the Memphis Grizzlies? Memphis entered Sunday’s game shooting a league-worst 40.1 percent from the field. Sunday they shot 56.3 percent overall, 9-for-17 (52.9 percent) on three-pointers and made 25 of 27 free throws (92.6 percent).
That’s why in a game where the Wolves shot 50 percent, had the advantage in points in the paint (44-40), on the break (24-11) and on second-chance points (14-4), they still lost their fourth straight home game.”
“After the game was over interim coach Sam Mitchell again talked about his team’s lax defense to start the game. It allowed the Grizzlies – and, in particular, Mike Conley, who entered the game in a horrible shooting slump – to get comfortable. And this was the result.”
“Even with Wiggins, who has scored at least 20 points in four of his past five games, and the immediate contributions from rookie Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota is off to its worst start at home since 1994 when it lost its first 10 home games. ‘We got to worry about our defense,’ Minnesota interim head coach Sam Mitchell said. ‘We rebounded enough. We had turnovers, bad turnovers at the wrong time of the game, but overall we didn't turn the ball over a lot. We just got to play better defense.’
“Ricky Rubio missed his fourth straight game with a strained left hamstring. Interim coach Sam Mitchell wouldn't reveal a timeframe or any other details about Rubio's progress. Rubio played in just 22 games last season because of an ankle injury. . . . Kevin Garnett became the fifth player in NBA history to play at least 50,000 minutes. Garnett joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Jason Kidd and Elvin Hayes. . . . Minnesota played the French National Anthem before the game as a tribute to the lives lost in the terrorist attacks in Paris.”
“The announcement was made in the third quarter, right after Kevin Garnett had subbed out of Sunday’s game against Memphis at Target Center.
Another milestone. Garnett had become the fifth player in NBA history to reach 50,000 minutes played.
‘Sam subbed me and the first thing they said was, ‘You have 50,000 minutes,’ ’Garnett said. ‘And I said, ‘Yeah, I feel all 50.’ And I’m not joking.’’
“Garnett, who played a season-high 24 minutes Sunday, made all four of his shots, scored eight points and had five rebounds, four assists and three steals. He stands fourth on the career list behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone and Jason Kidd.
‘Durability is something I take pride in,’ Garnett said. ‘At this stage of my career, able to be out here, starting? I don’t put a lot of [stats] up. But, energywise, I’m giving what I have. I’d like to think I can still guard. That says a lot.’ “
“Rubio only played 22 games last season because of the badly injured ankle, and the Wolves expected him to face some nagging muscle pulls and strains early in the season. When he has been on the floor, Rubio has made a huge impact. The Timberwolves are 4-2 with him and 0-3 without him. He is averaging 13.0 points and 9.0 assists.”
“A common denominator in all four losses has been the absence of Ricky Rubio thanks to a strained hamstring, and the Wolves have missed the presence of their floor general.
Minnesota’s offense has actually been okay with Rubio out, but the defense has taken a major step back. That’ll happen when the primary point guards are Zach LaVine and Andre Miller.
“It’s unclear when Rubio will return to the lineup. He’s dealt with numerous injuries over the course of his young career, and he’s coming off a serious ankle injury from last year, so the team is being extra careful with this hamstring issues. There’s no reason to push it with him right now if he’s not feeling right, but Minnesota is certainly missing its franchise point guard at the moment.”
“Thus far into his career, Towns is averaging 15.5 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per night with a PER of 21.6. He’s off to a hot start as his importance on the team continues to burgeon, and with that said, Towns has a chance of becoming the first rookie since Blake Griffin in 2011 to make the All-Star team.
“Minnesota has something special in Towns, as he’s upended the franchise and is putting up numbers that haven’t been since in awhile. He’s clearly a future All-Star if healthy, with everything he brings to the court and off it with his nice, cool, calm and relaxed and demeanor. Maybe it’s too early to predict, but could Towns become rivals and have a similar development to Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans? Anything is possible, and that’s just a guest.”
“As for the team in general, their future is bright. There’s a nice concoction of youth and respected veteran leadership on that team including Garnett, Andre Miller and Tayshaun Prince. It’s up to Towns, LaVine and Wiggins to soak it all up and reach their expected potential… Which could be very scary. Shouldn’t be long until the Target Center is rocking around with palpable electricity that’ll have Towns and company howling to the moon, just like ‘The Kid.’”
Get out your dancing shoes, Wolfpack, for the techno version of the Big Bad Wolf. UNTZ UNTZ UNTZ AAAAAAHHHWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
At the Heat tomorrow night. I think it might be time for us to start a serious discussion on tanking. AAAHHHHWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!