In a rare matinee, the Wolves lost by one point to the playoffs-bound Warriors. After a near-perfect first quarter of play, things became more difficult. Golden State got serious, beginning with Jarrett Jack nearly getting ejected for JACKING Greg Stiemsma in the chest, after a whistle. (What do these people have against Stiemer?) Golden State got serious, the game got close, and a Luke Ridnour runner barely missed with one second left, leaving the Wolves one point short.
1. Ricky Rubio flirted with a quadruple double.
Ricky had 16 points (10-11 free throws) 11 assists, 8 rebounds, 6 steals. I guess if we throw in his 6 turnovers he wasn’t too far from a QUINT DUB. Rubio was incredible on defense in this game, AGGRESSIVELY hunting steals and getting out in transition where he did stuff like throw passes between his legs to Pekovic. He’s really getting into a groove.
2. Interior scoring happens when David Lee is playing.
The great Kirk Goldsberry is presenting a research paper about interior defense at the upcoming Sloan Conference. There’s an image floating around the interwebs that shows visual evidence of David Lee being at the wrong end of the interior defense spectrum.
There’s the one. With Lee not putting up much resistance, the Wolves starting front line had a great day. Derrick Williams had 23 points on 9-15 shooting. Nikola Pekovic had 21 points on 10-18 shooting. Almost all of those were in the paint. I guess the problem with Lee was that he played really well on offense. He had 22 points and 3 assists, and dominated stretches of the game.
3. The Timberwolves are bad at shooting three pointers.
Oh, you already knew this. Still– they were 1 for 11 from downtown today. 2 for 11 would’ve swung the result.
4. Alexey Shved: Still struggling, playing different roles.
Shved played just 16 minutes today, scoring 4 points on 2-7 shooting. He had 1 assist to 2 turnovers. Not such a great performance. He did play a little bit with Rubio and Pek, and more than that with AK47, so maybe Adelman read yesterday’s post? One thing that I didn’t like seeing was, when Shved was playing small forward, he wasn’t spotted in the corner. Sometimes Rubio — a decidedly terrible shooter from that range — occupied the corner instead. Shved is shooting 10-17 from the corners this year. That’s a really high percentage and a really small number of attempts. When there are two other guards in the game with him, it might be best to get him some corner trey attempts.
5. Warriors Offensive Rebounding
The Warriors are a below-average offensive rebounding team, but made many of their late-game baskets on second chances. They had 14 offensive boards, 3 more than their season average. Carl Landry scored multiple baskets this way in the final period. It was a key reason that this one slipped away.
Season Record: 20-33