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Nets 127, Wolves 97: An Afternoon

The Wolves were dominated by the Nets.

NBA: Brooklyn Nets at Minnesota Timberwolves Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Timberwolves and Brooklyn Nets game was postponed last night after the death of Daunte Wright. The game was made up this afternoon and the Wolves were summarily defeated, losing by over thirty points most of the day. Karl-Anthony Towns did not play in this game as he was with his family grieving the anniversary of the loss of his mother from COVID-19. Amidst this depression, the Wolves played an unsurprisingly terrible game. A few notes:

  • Kevin Durant is light years better than anyone on the Wolves. Durant is still working himself into shape and he effortlessly scored 31 points on 11 of 15 shooting. He simply could not be stopped and it is incredible that he has recovered to this level after missing nearly two years of basketball. A healthy Nets team is going to be unstoppable (at least on offense).
  • Anthony Edwards had a very Rookie of the Year game. This was a classic high-powered rookie on a terrible team performance. Edwards scored 27 points and will have some highlights, but his efficiency was terrible and defense lackluster. On numerous occasions, his defender leaked out when Edwards put up a shot and was rewarded with a wide-open dunk as Edwards was trailing far behind. On the other hand, the Wolves offense was putrid and Edwards had to take many of these shots as there simply was not a better option. But his steal streak continues!
  • As we learned early on in the year, this team needs Karl-Anthony Towns to make sense. Without him, the offense and defense systems simply do not function.
  • There is no obvious synergy between Anthony Edwards and D’Angelo Russell. Russell came off the bench again and operated off-ball most of the game. He did not share the floor with Edwards much and it remains to be seen how the two can successfully play with each other.
  • The Timberwolves are bad. The Nets have Kevin Durant, who dominated the entire game, but were missing most of their other starters. They still looked like they were playing in a different class of basketball than the Wolves.

It was a weird game and the Timberwolves and us all have much more on our minds than basketball. Stay safe and spread your love.