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Spurs Cruise Past Timberwolves 123-101

This one was never in doubt as the Wolves simply had no chance against the defending champs.

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Not gonna spend a lot of time on this one.

The Wolves were simply outclassed by a much better team tonight, even in the absence of Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. They really had no chance from the start, as the Spurs eased to an 8 point lead after one quarter and the Wolves never got close after that.

The offense was really not bad tonight, as the Wolves only turned the ball over 8 times, went 25-32 from the free throw line, and managed to go a reasonable 6-15 from three. The problem was they had absolutely no chance to stop the Spurs. None. At all. The Spurs simply move the ball too well, and shoot it too well, for a team as bereft defensively as the Wolves to have any chance to get consistent stops.

The Spurs shot an easy 57% and had seven players in double figures, led by Marco Belinelli (20), Cory Joseph (18), and Kawhi Leonard (18). Nobody played more than Joseph's 33 minutes for the champs.

I don't even know where to start describing the Wolves defense. It's abject. Teams get whatever they want against them, and certainly a team as good as the Spurs were not going to be slowed. Everyone is awful. What's particularly painful is to see the confusion about how to help. Under-help competes with over-help to see which will give up the more open shots. And it's everyone. Veterans (there were some awful Brewer sequences on defense tonight which resulted in wide open Belinelli shots), rookies, it doesn't matter. Terrible.

Extended garbage time in this one allowed a bunch of guys to pad their stats. Zach LaVine finished with a 22 and 10 double-double, and looked OK for parts of his team high 42 minutes. Anthony Bennett somehow also wound up with a double-double (14 and 10).

Shabazz Muhammad continues to be a story, as he went for 20 in 21 minutes on 7-12 from the field. Such an odd player. He just scores. He gets offensive he can score. That's all he does--it's his entire game. No defensive rebounds. No assists. No defense to speak of. No turnovers. Just points. There could be worse things.

Andrew Wiggins for one. 3-13. 6 points. 1 rebound. That's it in 34 minutes. Oh, two turnovers. Once again a non-factor. Disappointing. Corey Brewer also had a poor game, not only shooting it, but all over the floor.

That's enough for tonight. It's Saturday, I had most of a bottle of wine, and the Wolves lost again.

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