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The Timberwolves' shooting goes colder than a winter in Duluth
If Shaq at the free throw line could be described as 'couldn't hit the broadside of a barn', then the Wolves in Utah tonight could be described as 'couldn't hit the broadside of Montana'.
Your starting paint duo of Love and Pekovic went a combined 8-23 from the field. Not to be outdone, your high-scoring backcourt duo of Shved and Barea went a combined 4-18. That means the four players the Whimperpups rely on for most of their offense managed just 41 points in 41 shot attempts.
If that's not St Louis County cold, what is?
(Actually we should give Duluth a break. They've been through enough this year already, right?)
FWIW, the former Wolves who played tonight in Jazz uniforms put up just 16 points on 17 shots.
And Beasley is currently 1-4.
And well....I'm starting to feel vaguely responsible for all this for no particular reason. I'd say it's something in the water, but all our water is frozen.
Bottom line is, even when you make 24 free throws, clean the glass, limit your turnovers and your fouls, you're not going to win many games when the good guys shoot 34% and the bad guy clock in at 50.
- DeMarcus Cousins must have put some sort of duplication hex on Kevin Love's shot (for those of you who haven't checked BumDMC's FG% lately, that ain't a good thing) I don't know if it's the hand or the eye or what, but it needs to get better, and fast.
- Sota's bench: 10-33, 27 points. Utah's bench: 19-44, 53 points
- Utah in fact has pretty much a whole starting lineup coming off their bench. When Mo Williams is healthy, their zoo crew is Tinsley, Burks, Hayward, Favors and Kanter. That's like a 5th seed in the East.
- Speaking of Favors and Kanter, that could be a really really REALLY intimidating frontcourt someday. Like if you were to put Pekovic out there with DeAndre Jordan kind of intimidating. Or, as slim best case, Brook Lopez with Dwight Howard.
- That also means Big Al and Paul Millsap are expendable. I shudder to think of what Houston would/will be if/when they get their hands on Millsap.
- I don't understand why Utah insists on starting Marvin Williams when Gordon Hayward is a better basketball player in pretty much every facet of the game.
- Derrick Williams managed a solid all-around effort with 7 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks. He also managed to be -18 in 18 minutes. So....
- Barea went just 1-8, but had to be on the floor because he was the only good who looked interested in even trying to generate some sort of offense.
- Jefferson and Pekovic somehow got 4 blocks apiece in this one. I guess they really can play defense, provided everyone else on the floor is as earthbound as themselves.
- Oh, and this happened too:
All that on a night where 'Sota couldn't hit the broadside of a state with a 545 mile long border. What more need be said?