The Minnesota Timberwolves had their chances but their lackadaisical defense or often their non-existent defense can be pinpointed as the reason for tonight's loss in Sacramento and their now three-game losing streak.
I'm going to keep this short, because I've already wrote this recap twice now and had my internet server time out and erase everything. I'm getting pretty frustrated, so I apologize for not having our usual material.
The Wolves' playoff hopes to another hit with this loss and that's not just because Minnesota lost the game, they may have also lost Luke Ridnour for an extended period of time. Ridnour sprained his ankle pretty severely in the third quarter and had to be helped off the floor. Here's hoping J.J. is healthy come Wednesday vs. the Warriors, back at the Target Center.
Minnesota falls to 25-30 on the year as playoff hopes are becoming playoff dreams.
It wasn't all bad, though. Brad Miller got the start at center to match up with the Kings' big frontcourt (Thompson & Cousins). He finished with a season-high 11 points (all in the 1st quarter) he also set season-highs in FGM (4), FGA (7), 3PTM (3), 3PTA (4), assists (6) and minutes (22). He also tied season-highs in offensive rebounds (1) and rebounds (2).
Nikola Pekovic also returned to the lineup. He came off the bench and in 19 minutes had 17pts & 4reb on 7-of-8 shooting. Love added 23pts & 7reb. The Wolves got a nice balanced scoring effort: Ridnour (13), Miller (11), Tolliver (9), Ellington (9), Johnson (8), Williams (8), Lee (6) and Webster (4).
Tyreke Evans had 24pts, 10reb and 7ast. DeMarcus Cousins added 20pts & 9reb. Jimmer Fredette had 19pts off the bench and point guard Isaiah Thomas had 17pts & 5ast.
The Wolves were able to battle back in the third quarter and take a lead. After three quarters they were down just 1 point. The Kings battled back in the fourth quarter and took a decent lead. The Wolves were able to get within 4 points with 30 seconds to play, but that was as close as they'd get as the Kings won 108-116.
Up next is the Golden State Warriors back at the Target Center on April 4th (Wednesday), tipoff 7pmCT.
That's all for now, thanks for reading HOWL and GO WOLVES!
Cody D. Anderson
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