Flip Saunders’ Timberwolves traveled to Philadelphia and came away winners. By 31 points. The game was one sided at halftime and lopsided after that. Serious analysis becomes difficult when my biggest question is when Gorgui Dieng will check in the game to swing away at some blocks.
So that’s how we end up with photoshop posts.
It was a businesslike win for the once-again .500 Wolves; a win they needed and made sure they got.
A few serious observations about the game before calling it an early Monday night:
* The Wolves were 16-26 from downtown. The starters (who sat out the fourth quarter) were 10-14. Some of that was weak Philly defense. Some of that was Corey Brewer (3-3) making shots that he always gets and usually misses. Hot shooting was a key factor in building the halftime lead.
* Pek had 16 & 14. In under 23 minutes. He’s putting together the best stretch of his career. If he possesses the same Improvement skill that Kevin Love has, the Wolves will obviously be better off for it. He’s signed for five years.
* Good Alexey Shved made another appearance in this game. Shved’s 10 & 4 mostly came in the first half when he teamed with J.J. Barea and Dante Cunningham. Together, they turned what was a back-and-forth, no-defense affair into one where the Wolves took control and never let up.
* Robbie Hummel made a three-pointer. He hadn’t done that in his past 7 games. Now that that seal is broken he can resume being good at shooting. (I swear it’s true!)
* It seems like the Wolves are pretty unstoppable when Corey Brewer is making 3s. So I looked up his splits on nba.com and found this:
Wow. I wouldn’t have even guessed the difference was that significant. In losses, Brewer shoots 1.1 more 3s per game and makes 0.6 fewer (1.8 points for you math majors out there) per game. Considering how close many of the Wolves losses have been this year, that’s a telling statistic.
That’s all I’ve got. Good win. Next game is Wednesday at Target Center versus the upstart Phoenix Suns. We’ll try to get a preview of some sort up that day. Until then.
Season Record: 17-17