The Minnesota Timberwolves met the Chicago Bulls in St. Louis Missouri on Friday. The affair was televised, but only on the Chicago Sports Network. If you live in Minnesota and are concerned you missed it; you didn't, unless you watched it on league pass or streamed the game online.
Prior to the game, Flip Saunders determined Andrew Wiggins and Shabazz Muhammad were not going to play. Ricky Rubio started aside Kevin Martin, Corey Brewer, Thaddeus Young and Nikola Pekovic. Moreover, the Bulls trotted out- ho-hum -Derrick Rose, Kirk Hinrich, Mike Dunleavey, Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol.
The Wolves schemed to run the three-quarters court trap after made baskets. This was supposed to put pressure on the Bulls offense, but it was ineffective. Heinrich and Rose are both capable ball handlers who are accustomed to playing point guard. Saunders went back to a man defense before halftime after seeing the trap didn't offer much resistance.
Rubio attempted more field goals than any of his teammates. He made 8 of 13 field goal attempts; led the team in scoring, grabbed two rebounds and contributed five assists. Not only was Rubio attacking the basket, he was forcing the issue, taking jump shots that make fans flinch and, surprisingly, most of them went in - including buzzer-beating field goals at the end of the 2nd and 3rd quarters.
- The 12 players who entered the game for the Wolves each scored at least two points.
- Turnovers: Chicago-18, Minnesota-15
- Steals: Chicago-5, Minnesota-11
- Rebounds: Chicago-50, Minnesota-38