In the preliminary play, the Timberwolves went 1-2 in Las Vegas, good enough for the 13 seed in the tournament that commenced Wednesday. Their opening round opponent tonight was the Sacramento Kings, which affords me the opportunity to hone in on Ben McLemore’s play (the guy I was really hoping the Wolves would land coming out of last month’s draft).
David Adelman sent out the following starting lineup for Wednesday’s game: Kee Kee Clark, Othyus Jeffers, Shabazz Muhammad, Robbie Hummel, and Chris Johnson. The starting frontcourt has been relatively consistent thus far in the tournament, while the backcourt continues to shift around.
With half of the first quarter in the books, both teams remained in single digits on the scoreboard. Maybe they were too tense for the start of the game due to the new bracket format? Maybe it was the three games in three days? Perhaps it is just too much time in Las Vegas. We’ll never know, but what I do know is that the first quarter wasn’t too enjoyable.