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TeamChuck were the underdogs coming into tonight's game, but they quickly put that to rest as they cruised to an easy victory over TeamShaq. Chuck is now 2-0 vs. Shaq in this new Rising Stars Challenge format.
Chuck started Ricky Rubio, Bradley Beal, Kawhi Leonard, Kenneth Faried & Anthony Davis. Shaq had the more 'high-profile' players: Kyrie Irving & Damian Lillard, as well as some VERY good shooters: Klay Thompson, Kemba Walker, Dion Waiters, Chandler Parsons & Harrison Barnes.
However, it was Chuck's all-around team that combined some very good passers (Rubio, Shved, Thomas), good shooters (Leonard, Beal, Thomas, Knight) and an interior presence (Davis, Faried, Thompson & Vucevic).
TeamChuck was led by Denver's Kenneth Faried. Faried was named the MVP and for very good reason, he finished the night with 40pts, 10reb & 2ast. He played 22 minutes and shot 18-for-22 from the field. He'll also compete on Saturday in the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest for the Western Conference and we certainly got some exciting previews of some high-flying jams in his game tonight.
TeamShaq was led by Cleveland's Kyrie Irving (who was also last season's RSC MVP). Irving finished the night with 32pts on 14-for-20 shooting as well as 6reb, 6ast & 1stl in 27 minutes. He'll also play on Sunday in the NBA All-Star game as an Eastern Conference reserve.
The Timberwolves had two players playing in this one and both for Team Chuck. Ricky Rubio started this one and played a total of 16 minutes. He finished the night with 5pts, 10ast & 1stl. He shot 2-for-4 from the field (1-of-3 from deep) and had plenty of highlight reel passes that included plenty of alley-oops! Alexey Shved was the last pick in the 'draft' for this game, but tonight's performance validated not only to Shaq & Chuck that he should have been selected earlier, but to the entire NBA that, "HEY! These two young Wolves can ball!"
Chris Webber was on the broadcast crew for this one and he said himself (multiple times) that both Ricky and (especially) Shved were a lot of fun to watch and that they could actually play! He followed that up with saying that he'll definitely be watching some Minnesota Timberwolves games in the second half of the season...I'm sure he's not the only one.
If you'd like, here is the full box score for tonight's game.
That wraps up All-Star Weekend for your Minnesota Timberwolves, however if I were you I'd definitely check out the four events (Shooting Stars, Skills Challenge, Three-Point Contest & Slam Dunk Contest) that starts tomorrow at 7:30pmCT and the All-Star Game on Sunday (starts 7pmCT).
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