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Dane Moore NBA Podcast: No DLo, No KAT, No Problem — The Rubio Game

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Without Karl-Anthony Towns, D’Angelo Russell and, I guess, Juancho Hernangomez, the Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 120-110 on Saturday evening. Jack Borman joined me at Target Center postgame to discuss how exactly the Wolves pulled off a win without their two best players.

  • Why this felt like “The Rubio Game” and how Rubio’s success on Saturday night almost complicates things going forward.
  • Ryan Saunders looking his most comfortable on the sidelines, calling far more plays than when Russell was the point guard
  • Everyone playing well except Malik Beasley, and Beasley not seeming happy about that.
  • The Timberwolves bigs — Naz Reid, Jarred Vanderbilt, Ed Davis and Jaden McDaniels — handling Zion Williamson and Steven Adams in the frontcourt.
  • Which bigs will be in the rotation once Towns and Hernangomez returns?
  • Naz Reid’s best game of the season, and probably his career, and why Naz is the quintessential Rosas/Saunders system player
(If you can’t access the Spotify player, click here to listen to the latest episode.)