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“Second-year star Andrew Wiggins led Minnesota with 28 points, including a driving bank shot to tie the score with 2.1 seconds left in regulation. Rookie Karl-Anthony Towns contributed 21 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks, including one on Harris as the buzzer sounded in regulation.
“Wiggins took all his team's shots in critical moments of both regulation and overtime and Towns handled the work at the defensive end. ‘Every day our confidence is growing,’ Wiggins said. ‘In practice we work hard, and every game you win is motivating. It's educating us and making us stronger.’"
"There are times, when Zach LaVine is hot, when he is scoring in bunches, when all that athletic ability is on display, that the second-year Timberwolves guard nudges right up to the edge of extraordinary. LaVine drives, he dunks, he hits long three-pointers. And you think, maybe …
"But then there are the struggles. When LaVine is playing the point, there are times he makes fans wonder what the point of it all is. The times when the ball movement stops and the half-court offense stagnates and his defense becomes a problem at the other end.
“One of the livelier debates this young season among those regularly watching the Wolves is where LaVine should play. The 20-year-old began training camp at shooting guard but was quickly moved to backup point guard by interim coach Sam Mitchell in a move that might have been made mostly because of the way the current roster is structured. This isn’t a debate that will end soon.”
“Rubio played 26 minutes on Tuesday night vs. the Miami Heat and finished with seven points and three assists. But on Wednesday night vs. the Orlando Magic, he turned up the heat. Through 15 minutes in the first half, the guard scored six points with seven pretty assists. In the very first quarter, Rubio tossed a sweet behind-the-back dish to Karl-Anthony Towns. Then, in the second quarter, he fakes calling a timeout only to throw a perfectly-timed alley-oop to Towns. Rubio is definitely making the rookie look good.”
Sorry for the late (and short!) Howls today, guys. Pistons come to town tomorrow night, led by cock-smoking point guard (and noted terrible teammate) Reggie Jackson. I’m all for #TEAMTANK, but in this one. Have a wonderful day, Wolfpack!