After dropping Wednesday night’s game in Mexico City, the 2-5 Timberwolves returned to action on Friday night to take on the 4-3 New Orleans Pelicans in the Bayou. Already with Ricky Rubio, the Wolves announced earlier on Friday that Thad Young would miss at least the next two games due to the death of his mother. (From all of us at Timberpups, we pass along our condolences to Thaddeus and his family.)
With Young missing tonight’s game the Timberwolves opened up with a Zach LaVine, Kevin Martin, Andrew Wiggins, Gorgui Dieng, and Nikola Pekovic starting lineup. Selfishly, I love the thought on the starting lineup, as Dieng has nothing but earn the extra minutes. However, even with the Twin Towers approach, the Wolves got off to a real slow start falling behind 7-0 and then 20-6 in the 1st quarter. It didn’t get much better from there over the first twelve minutes as the Pelicans closed the quarter just as they began and held a 43-19 advantage. The Wolves shot a collective 6-19 in the 1st quarter, doing themselves no favors in trying to keep up with the home team.
Corey Brewer continued his solid play coming off of his perfect performance (7-7) on Wednesday night. Corey tried to cut into the Pelicans lead to start the second quarter but the Pelicans came storming back quickly to retake a 25 point lead. With about five minutes left in the half, the Pelicans were more than doubling the Wolves up on both the scoreboard (67-31) and in shooting percentage (75%-36%).
At the half the Pelicans held an 80-44 advantage and it was time to rest Pekovic and Martin to get them ready for Saturday’s game.
Wolves trail 80-44 at half. The 80 pts are the most the Wolves have ever allowed in any half.
— Timberwolves PR (@Twolves_PR) November 15, 2014
Unfortunately for the Wolves and Flip Saunders, the second half consisted of more of the same. Flip seemed to commit to the growing pains of the evening by leaving the young Pups in there to gain “game experience”. The only Wolves that seemed to show up were Wiggins and Brewer. At the end of the 3rd quarter the Pelicans held a 118-72 advantage.
In the end, the Timberwolves gave up a franchise record 139 points and lost by 38 in New Orleans. There weren’t many positives to take away from tonight’s game as the defense was non-existent and the offense simply came when the game was already decided.
- Interested in a little bit of good news? Kevin Garnett told Yahoo Sports that he would like to own the Timberwolves when his playing days are over. Glen Taylor has put the team on the market before, but it would certainly be entertaining to have KG come back to ‘Sota as the owner of the franchise. Yes/No?
- Assuming there are going to be at least a handful more games like this over the course of the season, GM Flip Saunders has several important decisions to make before the trading deadline, namely, what to do with any player not named Rubio that you can classify as an “NBA veteran”.