With this win the Wolves picked up their first road win since March 2, 2011! And it was the first time the Wolves were able to pick up a win, in Washington since 2003!
The Wolves move to 3-5 on the season as they'll move on tomorrow to face the Raptors in Toronto in the second game of this back-to-back-to-back set, rounding out with a game vs. the Bulls back at the Target Center on Tuesday.
Today, was the first chance this season, I got a chance to watch the Wizards and I've got to say--absolutely NOTHING looked right about this team! Flip Saunders' seat is ready to go up in flames, VERY SOON!
The Wolves were playing without Michael Beasley with that mid-foot sprain. Wayne Ellington started at shooting guard and Wesley Johnson was the Wolves' starting small forward. Minnesota was also without J.J. Barea. He warmed up but decided not to give it a go. Wolves saying there's a very good chance he'll play either tomorrow at Toronto and if not--Tuesday vs. Chicago.
Let's take a look at some statistics from each team in today's game...
Fast Break PTS
PTS in the Paint
Team TOs (PTS off)
Let's take a look at some individual stats from some of today's key players...
Kevin Love: 20pts, 16rebs, 3ast, 3stls, 1to, 3fls, 7-16 FG, 1-4 3PT, 5-7 FT, in 41 min.
D. Williams: 14pts, 7rebs, 1to, 2fls, 5-12 FG, 4-7 3PT, in 30 min. off bench
Ricky Rubio: 13pts, 6rebs, 14ast, 1blk, 5tos, 5-14 FG, 1-2 3PT, 2-2 FT, in 30 min. off bench
W. Ellington: 13pts, 2ast, 3stls, 1to, 3fls, 5-8 FG, 2-3 3PT, 1-2 FT, in 34 min.
Luke Ridnour: 13pts, 3rebs, 2ast, 1stl, 2tos, 2fls, 6-10 FG, 1-4 3PT, in 31 min.
Nick Young: 14pts, 1reb, 3ast, 1to, 1fl, 6-16 FG, 2-3 3PT, in 32 min.
Trevor Booker: 14pts, 5rebs, 2ast, 1stl, 3blks, 2tos, 3fls, 7-9 FG, 0-2 FT, in 28 min. off bench
John Wall: 10pts, 5rebs, 6ast, 2stls, 4tos, 3fls, 3-10 FG, 0-1 3PT, 4-4 FT, in 35 min.
It was a great game for Minnesota, but they have to continue to build off of this and not take anyone for granted going forward. They'll be playing a less-than stellar Raptors team. So long as they keep their energy and effort up and shoot at a high percentage they can compete with any team in this League! Limiting turnovers would help as well, but that hasn't happen really at all this season!
That's all for now, I'll be updating the stats page as well post some game pics & video sometime this evening. If you haven't already--check out our new Depth Chart page under the team section as well as all our new history pages under the History section on the site. Thanks for reading, stay tuned for tomorrow's Toronto preview and GO WOLVES!