Tonight's game ends a five-game homestand for Minnesota as they'll head out on road for two games (Washington on Sunday & Toronto on Monday). The game on Tuesday vs. Chicago will end the Wolves' first (of two) back-to-back-to-back game sets in this shortened 66-game season.
Darko got going early, with 11pts in the first quarter on 5-of-7 shooting from the field. By the end of the first, Cleveland held a 28-24 lead, a lead Minnesota would never regain! After one half, Cleveland held a 7-point lead; 52-45.
It was a lackadaisical game for Minnesota all night long! It was a 12-point lead for Cleveland after three quarters. Kevin Love seemed the only one exerting himself in the second half with 20 of his 29 points coming in the final two quarters! By the end of the game, when Minnesota knew it was over and checked in Wayne Ellington & Nikola Pekovic checked in, sending Love to the bench, you could plainly see the frustration--despite Love's 29-14, the Cavs steamrolled Minnesota 98-87.
Let's take a look at some stats for each team from tonight's game...
Fast Break PTS
PTS in the Paint
Team TOs (PTS off)
Let's take a look at some stats for each team's key players in tonight's game...
Kevin Love: 29pts, 14rebs, 4tos, 4fls, 8-19 FG, 3-7 3PT, 10-12 FT in 41 min.
D. Williams: 12pts, 4rebs, 1ast, 1stl, 2blks, 1fl, 4-8 FG, 0-1 3PT, 4-5 FT, in 26 min. off bench
Darko Milicic: 11pts, 4rebs, 1stl, 1blk, 5-8 FG, 1-6 FT, in 22 min.
Ricky Rubio: 10pts, 2rebs, 5ast, 3stls, 3tos, 4fls, 4-8 FG, 0-2 3PT, 2-4 FT in 28 min. off bench
Antawn Jamison: 22pts, 6rebs, 1stl, 2blks, 1to, 2fls, 10-22 FG, 2-6 3PT, 0-2 FT in 35 min.
Kyrie Irving: 14pts, 5rebs, 5ast, 1blk, 7tos, 4fls, 5-12 FG, 1-2 3PT, 3-3 FT in 30 min.
A. Varejo: 13pts, 12rebs, 5ast, 4stls, 2blks, 1to, 5fls, 6-8 FG, 1-2 FT, in 34 min.
R. Sessions: 11pts, 7rebs, 6ast, 2tos, 1fl, 3-8 FG, 0-1 3PT, 5-5 FT in 20 min. off bench
Alonzo Gee: 11pts, 6rebs, 1ast, 2stls, 1blk, 1fl, 4-7 FG, 1-1 3PT, 2-2 FT in 27 min. off bench
Daniel Gibson: 11pts, 1reb, 1fl, 4-6 FG, 3-3 3PT, in 22 min. off bench
OTHER NOTES: Michael Beasley sprained his ankle in the fourth quarter, he was on crutches and in 'great pain' after the game, word is he could miss a few games (likely won't go on the two-game road trip)....J.J. Barea was out again tonight, word is the coaching staff has yet to determine if he'll join the team on the two-game road trip, something to be determined very soon....Nikola Pekovic saw his first game action in the regular season tonight, playing two minutes in garbage time....
All around a lifeless effort from Minnesota tonight, something we also saw in that loss to Memphis. Hopefully the Wolves will step up the effort and production during this road trip. Their first stop is a game vs. the winless (0-8) Washington Wizards on Sunday and the Raptors on Monday! We'll have gameday preview of those games coming up in the coming days! Also, stay tuned for some pictures and a video recap of tonight's game--all on WeeblyWolves sometime tonight! GO WOLVES!
"I told the (the team) that no one said this was going to be easy. We're not playing well enough as a team."--Rick Adelman following tonight's loss