Two OT Games in One Week
It was tough to continue seeing so many guys sidelined with injuries, including Kevin Garnett and Ricky Rubio, but one thing cannot be argued: the rookies want these wins. Between the two OT games, freshmen Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine combined for 94 points. NINETY FOUR. That's pretty impressive. Chase Budinger is still playing well also, consistently finishing games with double-digit points.
Utah's game was pure effort from the seven available players, and getting the win was rewarding to say the least. Wednesday seemed like it might offer similar results, but a foul called on LaVine in the final seconds of OT sealed the two-point loss.
Are the Wolves 'tanking"? That's a whole article in itself ... watch for that my opinion on the topic later today!
Sean Kilpatrick: Right Place, Right Time
Sean Kilpatrick made his debut with the Wolves on March 19 against the Knicks. He wasn't only making his Minnesota debut, though. He was making his NBA debut. When the Wolves found themselves in a bind out East, the former Cincinnati Bearcat was participating in a D-League practice six hours away from New York.
"We had to fulfill our rules, so we had to go find somebody that was within a train ride away," said head coach Flip Saunders.
Luckily for Kilpatrick, he was that "somebody" convenient enough for the Wolves to pull in. And although he's only played three games, he's grabbing the opportunity to prove he belongs here.
His biggest night came in Utah, when Kilpatrick helped Minnesota to an OT win. The guard tallied 13 points, three rebounds and two assists on 4-of-7 shooting from the field and 3-of-4 from behind the three-point line. Kilpatrick's future in the NBA is unclear, but he's certainly making his case.
Other Basketball News
- John Calipari wants back in the NBA scene... except he didn't say that himself. According to Bleacher Report, an unnamed league front office official said the following: "[Calipari] desperately wants it. He won't say it out loud. The NBA is the only place he's ever failed, and it drives him nuts. He's not the same guy he was then. He came to the NBA and he wasn't ready. He's ready now." I'm not sure about you, but I would be very interested in seeing how this would (or would not) work out. If Calipari ever made it back to the pros, which franchise can you see him with?
- I think it's safe to say that San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan isn't hurting for cash, but a good bet can't be turned down. Duncan bet an old friend $100 that he would make a 3-point bucket during Wednesday night's game against OKC, and she had to pay up.
Tim's BFF from college bet Tim $100 to make a 3-pointer... What a happy loss! pic.twitter.com/x0c3OLCZVS— Vanessa Macias (@VanessaLMacias) March 26, 2015
Lindsey's Friday Flick Recommendation
All right, I'm switching it up this week. I had a movie all picked out to recommend, but then a friend sent me this gem Thursday morning. Tom Hanks was on the Late Late Show with James Corden, and the two of them reenacted every movie Hanks has ever been in ... in seven minutes. Which one is your favorite?
Check out the video here--you won't regret it--and happy weekending!