Greetings one final time from Target Center tonight.
Given that Atlanta had so much to play for, it’s odd that the Hawks came out with such a listless effort tonight. The Wolves, meanwhile, are all but out of it in the West, but they still came out with a very strong effort.
Here are some final notes on the game:
--This was the team’s 11th 20-point win of the season, a franchise record and a league high. And yet the team is still .500. Go figure.
--Gorgui Dieng was the talk of the locker room after the game after his fifth double-double in six starts. Even the normally reserved Rick Adelman was wowed, especially by Dieng’s sweet spin move along the baseline.
--Ricky Rubio took 15 stitches in the first half but still finished with 10 assists, his 23rd double-digit assist game of the season. He also had six steals, his third game with six or more. He has 174 now, just two away from passing Tyrone Corbin’s single-season franchise record of 175 set in the 1989-90 season.
--This was the Wolves fifth game this season in which they’ve scored 30 or more points off of turnovers.
--This was just the ninth time this season the Wolves have held an opponent under 40 percent shooting.
--This is the 19th time since the season started that the Wolves have been at .500.
That’s about all for tonight. I’ll get after you after tomorrow’s practice.