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The Wolf Nightcap, Vol. 4

Postgame interviews after a crucial win over Sacramento

KAT recorded his second 30+ point, 20+ rebound and 5+ assist effort of his career with 34 points, 21 boards, and five assists.
| Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

After a much needed win over the Sacramento Kings on Monday night that keeps the slim postseason dreams alive in Minneapolis, various Wolves spoke with the media. Here’s what they had to say...

Karl-Anthony Towns

Taj Gibson

Tyus Jones

Save the best for last, right?

Luol Deng

Interim Head Coach Ryan Saunders

On what changed in the second quarter:

“Defensive intensity. That was the biggest thing. We had a spirited timeout. We talked about it as a group and it’s one of the many things I love about the guys on this roster. Guys take things to heart. Sometimes it works out better than others, but tonight it worked out.”

On Towns’ effort:

“34, 21 and 5 assists. That’s a line we’d like to have most nights. He was aggressive. Our guys did a nice job of getting the ball to him, especially early on. At the end, had some pressure and a few things, we got over extended. Guys did a good job finding Karl and Karl did a nice job of taking his time in his low post moves.”

On Jones’ performance:

“People know how I feel about Tyus in terms of, I know Tyus is a winner. I’ve known Tyus for a long time. For him to have eight assists, two turnovers and if I recall I think one of them could have gone either way, and 16 points. Obviously, he did a nice job controlling the game.”

On the effort to stop Sacramento in transition:

“This team is probably the best transition team in the NBA. We held them to four fast break points in the first half I believe and then 13 in the second half. Obviously, they got going a little bit, but for the most part we did a nice job.”

On Josh Okogie’s game:

“Big time. He took some good shots though. A couple of the shots he missed were in rhythm threes. I thought he got to the foul line and also he had four steals. The thing I liked about that tonight is they weren’t steals where he was necessarily getting out of position or gambling. They were steals within the framework of how he want to play defensively.”