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Wolves 99, Sixers 96: Wolves Finish Summer League Undefeated

Minnesota leaves Las Vegas unbeaten

2021 Las Vegas Summer League - Minnesota Timberwolves v Philadelphia 76ers Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images

This wasn’t the prettiest game of all time by any means, but it was cool to see the Summer Wolves take home another win, finishing the Las Vegas Summer League 4-0.

With the way that LVSL works, Minnesota’s run is done despite their perfect record, losing out on a spot in the Championship game due to a point-differential tiebreaker.

Truthfully, that’s probably okay.

Jaden McDaniels (15/7) once again looked like a blossoming stud who will fit right into Chris Finch’s “high-impact/low-usage” role that he talked about on the Dane Moore Podcast. Jaylen Nowell (26/7) kept scoring the heck out of the ball, and did so efficiently. McKinley Wright (6/4/5/2) and Isaiah Miller (7/9/3/2) once again played bigger than their stature, crashing the boards and making life difficult for Philadelphia’s guards.

The moral of the story is that through four games, Minnesota probably got a pretty solid look at every player on the Summer League roster, and now are able to take that and evaluate without any additional injury risk.

The big highlight from tonight came at the very end of regulation, where Jaden McDaniels swallowed up a rebound, went coast-to-coast, and banked in a pull-up three-pointer to send the game into overtime. It was a great cap to a wonderful showing for McDaniels. He was supposed to stand-out during his time at LVSL, and he did just that. I can’t wait to see him get a full season of work in-between Karl-Anthony Towns, D’Angelo Russell, and Anthony Edwards.

While we mostly care about the Timberwolves standouts tonight, it’d be impossible to not mention the phenomenal performance that Paul Reed had for the Sixers. The DePaul product was the most dominant player on the floor, posting a 27/20/4/4/4 line, which is just patently absurd. I’ll be tracking him to see if he gets a shot to crack the rotation for Doc Rivers’ squad this year.

I had a blast watching the Summer Wolves. I’m thankful not only for how well they played but how enjoyable it was to watch them and get to know many of the players, and I’ll be on the lookout for many of them in Iowa this year and elsewhere.