Well, well, well. If it isn’t the Minnesota Timberwolves…. Welcome back. We’ve all missed your dysfunction. Let’s talk NBA.
- Karl-Anthony Towns led the BBNBA in scoring on Sunday night, pouring in 28 points on 11-20 shooting to go along with 18 rebounds and four blocks. Towns’ efforts were enough to easily work the LeBron James-less Los Angeles Lakers by a 22-point margin. Minnesota players were heard discussing a trip to Top Golf following the win. Minnesota head coach Tom Thibodeau was even cracking a smile and laughing with the media. It was one of the Wolves most impressive wins of the season and it came with two of their key players still sidelined with various injuries. About an hour after the Wolves pulled off the win and with everyone going about their regular business, Thibodeau was fired by the front office. The timing might seem inappropriate, but this had been a longgggg time coming. This should have been done months ago, honestly. The fact that the Wolves waited until *now* to finally pull the trigger is more telling about how this organization works than anything (is “works” the right word?). You’d think after the whole Jumiiy Butler fiasco they’d try to avoid mid-season controversy, especially since the team boasts a winning record since the Butler trade – although they’ve slipped a bit over the last couple of weeks, mostly due to several injuries to starters/vital role players. The Wolves will insert 32-year old Ryan Saunders – son of the late Flip Saunders who coached the Timberwolves into relevancy during the late 90’s, early 2000’s – as the interim coach and he is fully expected to compete for the full-time position. Glad to have you back, Minny.
[16-24] Wizards – 116 @ [25-14] Thunder – 98
- Uh-oh. The Washington Wizards beat a good team without John Wall. SOMEONE PREPARE THE HOT TAKE CANNON!
- The Wizards are 3-2 since Wall’s injury and the win over OKC was easily their most impressive of the three (the other two wins came against Hornets and Hawks while their two losses were courtesy of the Heat and Bulls….). Now, before someone claims that the Wizards don’t need Wall because they beat a Thunder team that has now lost seven games this season to teams currently out of the playoffs, let’s consider that neither Russell Westbrook or Paul George shot over 50 percent from the field and that Dennis Schroeder was a minus-32 in under 17 minutes (how is that even possible?). The Wizards are still awful, that is one of the few things in this world I can state with certainty. With their next four games coming against the 76ers (twice), Bucks, and Raptors, we’ll all understand why.
- But about the game…. Patrick Patterson and Nerlens Noel both added two points a piece on a combined 2-8 shooting for OKC while Hamidou Diallo played in only four minutes and did not register a point.
[19-20] Hornets – 119 @ [9-32] Suns – 113
- Devin Booker did not reach 20 points in this game for the first time since he returned from his hamstring injury. Unfortunately, the reason he couldn’t hit that mark was that of a nagging back injury, which forced him to exit early after playing only 12 minutes. His availability for the Suns game on Tuesday against the Kings is still questionable. Booker scored seven points and added three assists before heading to the locker room.
- For the Hornets, Michael-Kidd Gilchrist was 3-5 from the field for seven points, two rebounds, and two steals in 15 minutes while Malik Monk shot 2-8 from the field for only five points and three rebounds.
- Isaiah Briscoe played only one minute in a loss against the Los Angeles Clippers, but still managed six points, a rebound, and an assist.
- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had his best outing in weeks, scoring 13 points on an efficient 6-7 shooting in addition to two rebounds and two assists. I wrote on Sunday about how he’s hit the “rookie wall”. Give it a read if you’d like.
- For the Miami Heat – who lost by 24 points to a horrendous Atlanta Hawks team for reasons I cannot properly comprehend – Bam Adebayo outplayed fellow teammate, Hassan Whiteside, scoring 12 points on 5-9 shooting while contributing six rebounds, two assists, two steals, and two blocks in 26 minutes.
- Check out the full stat sheet below.
|Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)||108-86 W vs. LAL||28||11-20 (1-4)||18||3||2||4||3||+26||35|
|Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (LAC)||106-96 W vs. ORL||13||6-7 (1-1)||2||2||1||0||1||+1||23|
|Bam Adebayo (MIA)||82-106 L @ ATL||12||5-9 (0-0)||6||2||2||2||1||+1||26|
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)||119-113 W @ PHX||7||3-5 (0-1)||2||0||2||0||3||+4||15|
|Devin Booker (PHX)||113-119 L vs. CHA||7||3-7 (1-2)||0||3||0||0||2||+3||12|
|Isaiah Briscoe (ORL)||96-106 L @ LAC||6||1-1 (1-1)||1||1||0||0||0||+5||1|
|Malik Monk (CHA)||119-113 W @ PHX||5||2-8 (1-4)||3||1||0||0||0||+2||16|
|Patrick Patterson (OKC)||98-106 L vs. WAS||2||1-4 (0-3)||4||0||0||1||0||-12||15|
|Nerlens Noel (OKC)||98-106 L vs. WAS||2||1-4 (0-0)||4||0||0||1||0||-26||16|
|Hamidou Diallo (OKC)||98-106 L vs. WAS||0||0-1 (0-0)||0||1||0||0||0||-3||4|
|Alex Poythress (ATL)||106-82 W vs. ATL||DNP- G League||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Rajon Rondo (LAL)||86-108 L @ MIN||DNP-Finger||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|John Wall (WAS)||116-98 W @ OKC||DNP-Heel||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:00: Spurs @ Pistons
7:30: Nets @ Celtics
8:00: Nuggets (Lyles, Murray, Vanderbilt-out) @ Rockets (Knight)
8:00: Jazz @ Bucks (Bledsoe)
8:00: Grizzlies @ Pelicans (Davis, An. Harrison, Miller, Randle)
8:30: Mavericks @ Lakers (Rondo-out)
10:00: Knicks (Kanter, Knox) @ Trail Blazers
10:00: Magic (Briscoe) @ Kings (Cauley-Stein, Fox, Labissiere)
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