The Wolves have been playing without Kevin Love for a long time. But rarely has his absence been felt so painfully as it was Sunday, when the Golden State Warriors used offensive rebounds in the fourth quarter to lead them to victory over the Wolves.
The Wolves were out-rebounded 48-41 overall, 18-11 in the fourth quarter. Of those 18 Warriors rebounds, six were on the offensive end, including a key rebound of a missed free throw by Draymond Green in the closing moments.
Golden State out-scored the Wolves 10-3 on second-chance points in the fourth quarter.
Here are some other thoughts from today’s 100-99 Wolves loss:
--Derrick Williams continues to flourish. He was very aggressive, especially early. He had 23 points on 9-for-15 shooting, 12 rebounds and a block. But Williams allowed himself to get pushed out of the way by Green late in the game. Green grabbed the rebound of a missed Warriors free throw attempt.
--After the game, even guard J.J. Barea admitted it. The Wolves bench has to be better. Sunday Barea and Alexey Shved were both 2-for-7 shooting. Shved had two turnovers, Barea three. The Wolves four-man bench combined to score 11 points.
--Nikola Pekovic has scored 48 points with 26 rebounds in his last two home games. His performance Sunday was a nice bounce-back from a difficult game in Oklahoma City.
--Sunday marked the first time that Mickael Gelabale hasn't played since he joined the team.
That’s about it for now. I’ll get back to you after Monday’s practice.