This remnant collection of gritty scrubs reduced the NBA’s third-most-efficient offense to 40.3 percent shooting accuracy from the field. The Mavs had averaged more than 116 points in their three previous home games. The Wolves permitted them 82, grabbing the lead less than three minutes into the first quarter and refusing to let go en route to posting their fifth win in the season’s first seven games.
Adelman said he hopes Roy and Barea can return for Wednesday’s home game against Charlotte. Pekovic reported after the game that his ankle is not bad, but he didn’t care to put a timetable on any possible absence. At this rate, even Adelman can only shake his head in disbelief.
“We have three point guards and three centers, and our roster is kind of not great right now,” Adelman said before the game, semi-joking about the first part of the sentence and not at all about the latter. “But you just have to get through it and you have to keep the team believing that they can go out and win, because you can.”
The impressive Wolves proved it again Monday night.
Wolves guard Luke Ridnour has known Roy “since about fifth grade” and has his eye on this downward transformation. “He had so much talent – he could do everything with the ball,” Ridnour said. “But his basketball IQ is so high. He understands angles and where you get shots from and how to make passes. He’s such an unselfish player. Obviously, he’s still finding his game as far as shooting and just playing, but he’s looked great to me the whole two months I’ve seen him.”
You know what I think? I think the sportswriters (the good ones anyway) really, really like us.