The Timberwolves got their revenge on the Kings last night, absolutely dominating them on both sides of the ball. After their disappointing road trip where they went 0-4, including a loss to the Kings in Sacramento, it’s safe to say that this is a completely different team at home.
The Timberwolves playoff hopes are still alive, only 6.5 games back from the eighth seed with 52 games left to play. However, the Wolves will have to find a way to win on the road if they are going to have any shot at it. Of their 14 wins this season, 12 of them have been at home. They’re 2-12 road record is the third worst in the league.
Last night was the most balanced attack they have had all season, with 9 Wolves scoring in double figures, and every player that touched the floor scoring at least one basket.
No one played over 30 minutes except for Robert Covington who should have been rested earlier seeing as how he’s had a sore knee and is so vital to our success. Other than that, I have no complaints about Tom Thibodeau’s substitutions last night. He has even said himself that it’s the deepest team he’s ever coached, and he is still trying to find a way to utilize that depth.
Whatever the case may be, I think it’s safe to say that Tyus Jones, Josh Okogie, Anthony Tolliver, Dario Saric, and Gorgui Dieng deserve more minutes. Tyus and Saric deserve more than that, they deserve to start.
Tyus was absolutely terrific last night in his 24 minutes of action. He scored 10 points on 5-7 shooting, dished out 10 assists and only 1 turnover, and stole the ball twice. All of this happening with Jeff Teague, who was resting for the night, on the bench.
I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the Timberwolves played so balanced with Jeff Teague sitting the night out. I think we can all agree that Teague has hurt the Timberwolves, more than he has helped them this season. With Tyus Jones and Derrick Rose on our roster I just don’t think we need Jeff. He just doesn’t fit this team.
Derrick Rose got the start, and although he had a poor night shooting, dished out 11 assists and only 2 turnovers. Karl-Anthony Towns had 14 and 14 in 21 minutes. Wiggins was aggressive early leading the Wolves scoring with 17 points on 8/8 shooting from the line. Robert Covington had 13 points and continued his defensive dominance blocking a shot and stealing the ball twice.
However, as I said, it was our bench that stole the show, displaying what they can do if they are given a little extra minutes on the floor. Hopefully Thibodeau can get his rotations figured out and give his starters a little more rest, and his talented bench more minutes. While he’s at it, trade Teague for a second round draft pick, then start Tyus Jones and Dario Saric!