The Houston Rockets fell to the Toronto Raptors (116-98) and with that Rockets loss, the Timberwolves are now tied for 8th place in the Western Conference, which means if the playoffs started today, they'd be playing!
The Wolves had the hot-hand from deep and a season-high 13 three-pointers was a big part of the Wolves' win! Love, Wes & Ridnour all hit three, threes apiece!
The Wolves were without Nikola Pekovic, again who sat out with a sore foot. Pek said it's nothing serious (the X-rays came back negative) and said he just needs a few days. They may have lost J.J. Barea for a number of games as well. He sprained his ankle in the third quarter and did not return. Adelman said a week ago when we were curious as to whether J.J. would be able to play with the calf strain, that he might consider bringing Lee back from the D-League...definitely keep an eye on J.J. & Lee!
The Timberwolves got double-digit scoring efforts from a number of different players: Love, Ridnour, Johnson & Webster. The big key to the game as we mentioned in the preview was Kevin Love getting some offensive help, no doubt he did tonight! Let's take a look at some of tonight's key players' stats...
Kevin Love: 29pts, 16rebs, 3ast, 3tos, 3fls, 9-17 FG, 3-5 3PT, 8-11 FT in 45 min.
L. Ridnour: 22pts, 4rebs, 5ast, 1blk, 2tos, 3fls, 8-16 FG, 3-6 3PT, 3-3 FT in 37 min.
Wes Johnson: 19pts, 4rebs, 2ast, 2stls, 8-11 FG, 3-4 3PT in 28 min.
Ray Felton: 23pts, 4rebs, 9ast, 3tos, 4fls, 11-18 FG, 1-4 3PT in 34 min.
L. Aldridge: 22pts, 7rebs, 2stls, 4fls, 10-18 FG, 2-3 FT in 30 min.
G. Wallace: 13pts, 9rebs, 9ast, 1stl, 1blk, 1fl, 6-12 FG, 1-2 3PT in 45 min.
Raymond Felton (who didn't start in the last meeting between these two) had a great game leading Portland with those 23pts. LA broke out of his funk, as he's been struggling the past few games out and of course, Gerald Wallace almost had that triple-double, just one-assist & one-rebound away. Last game out it was all Wallace, Batum & Crawford, tonight it was Felton, LA & Wallace/Matthews.
Let's take a look at the comparison of team stats in tonight's game...
Fast Break PTS
PTS in the Paint
Team TO's (PTS off)
Definitely a big win for the Timberwolves! As I said before, the Wolves are tied for the 8th seed in the Western Conference. However, because the Wolves won the season series over Houston this season, they would hold the advantage in the tiebreaker, so, if the playoffs did start today, Minnesota would be the 8th seed!
That's all for now, thanks for reading, the Wolves' next matchup comes Friday vs. the Lakers. Stay tuned for some pictures, video & stats from tonight's game. As well as a gameday preview of that Lakers matchup tomorrow afternoon!
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