Wolves notes: Hummel fares well in his first start

 

Timberwolves rookie Robbie Hummel had about 100 text messages on his cellphone as well as a crowd of reporters surrounding his locker Wednesday night after he made his first NBA career start in a 124-95 rout of Cleveland at Target Center.

“That’s what you want,” the former Purdue star said about all the attention. “That’s something I haven’t had since college, since there wasn’t exactly a media following a whole lot last year in Spain.”

Wolves coach Rick Adelman started Hummel at small forward and moved Corey Brewer to shooting guard to defend Cleveland’s Dion Waiters after he learned veteran Kevin Martin was too ill to play.

Hummel’s stomach tumbled a little and “my heart instantly started beating a lot faster” when he was told 40 minutes before the opening tap. Among other reasons, Adelman wanted another shooter on the floor in Martin’s absence.

Hummel played 28 minutes, made four of six shots, including two three-pointers, and had 10 points, four rebounds and an assist while earning Adelman’s praise for doing everything to help his teammates.

“He did great,” Adelman said. “He’s one of those guys who does all the little things you don’t notice. He makes open shots. He’s always in the right spot defensively helping guys out. He rebounds the ball. He’s just kind of a glue guy. He doesn’t need to do anything to help the team because he does all the little things a lot of people don’t notice.”

Somebody asked Hummel afterward if he was the difference in the game.

“What? Was I the difference?” he asked. “Ricky [Rubio] had 16 assists and Kevin [Love] had 30-some points. But it was nice to come out and play with the first unit. I just wanted to do my part.”

Pekovic finding his groove

It took a while, but Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic has rediscovered his game.

After struggling with his shot early, Pekovic has scored in double figures in five consecutive games, hitting 30 of 56 shots in the process.

Against the Lakers on Monday night, he scored a season-high 25 points to go with 10 rebounds and two steals.

“He gets better looks when we play better offensively,” Adelman said. “When we move the ball, space the court, he gets more room to operate. We’re figuring that out, trying to get him the ball a little bit better. And he’s finishing better, too. He finished better the last game.”

One reason might be his improving condition. Pekovic, waiting to sign his free-agent deal with the Wolves, didn’t play with the Montenegrin team in the world championships and might not have been in the best shape when the season began.

But now he appears to be running the floor better.

“He’s getting better,” Adelman said. “It’s a different team than the one he played with last year. We have the two Kevins scoring at a high rate. He’s just finding his spots.”

Thinking big

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Cleveland - WP: C. Allen 4 FINAL
Kansas City - LP: G. Holland 3
Baltimore 0 Bottom 7th Inning
NY Yankees 4
Kansas City 2 Bottom 7th Inning
Cleveland 0
Seattle 2 Top 7th Inning
Toronto 13
Chicago WSox 2 Bottom 8th Inning
Detroit 0
Pittsburgh 1 Bottom 7th Inning
Atlanta 0
Houston 1 Bottom 5th Inning
Texas 3
St. Louis 4 Bottom 4th Inning
Chicago Cubs 0
Arizona 0 Bottom 4th Inning
Minnesota 1
LA Angels - C. Wilson 9:05 PM
Oakland - J. Samardzija
San Francisco - J. Peavy 9:10 PM
Los Angeles - D. Haren
Colorado - T. Matzek 9:10 PM
San Diego - E. Stults
Chicago 17 2nd Qtr 13:54
NY Jets 3
NY Giants 9/25/14 7:25 PM
Washington
Buffalo 9/28/14 12:00 PM
Houston
Green Bay 9/28/14 12:00 PM
Chicago
Tennessee 9/28/14 12:00 PM
Indianapolis
Carolina 9/28/14 12:00 PM
Baltimore
Detroit 9/28/14 12:00 PM
NY Jets
Tampa Bay 9/28/14 12:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Miami 9/28/14 12:00 PM
Oakland
Jacksonville 9/28/14 3:05 PM
San Diego
Atlanta 9/28/14 3:25 PM
Minnesota
Philadelphia 9/28/14 3:25 PM
San Francisco
New Orleans 9/28/14 7:30 PM
Dallas
Ottawa 2 FINAL
NY Islanders 3
Ottawa 5:00 PM
NY Islanders
New Jersey 4 3rd Prd 7:14
NY Rangers 2
Detroit 2 3rd Prd 2:47
Pittsburgh 1
Toronto 0 2nd Prd 20:00
Philadelphia 0
Washington 3 3rd Prd 10:00
Philadelphia 5
Minnesota 0 2nd Prd 12:49
Winnipeg 0
St. Louis 0 2nd Prd
Dallas 1
Anaheim 1 1st Prd 12:14
Colorado 0
Colorado 9:00 PM
Anaheim
Los Angeles 9:00 PM
Arizona
Arizona 9:30 PM
Los Angeles
Texas Tech 9/25/14 6:30 PM
(24) Oklahoma State
Appalachian St 9/25/14 6:30 PM
Ga Southern
(11) UCLA 9/25/14 9:00 PM
(15) Arizona State
Middle Tennessee 9/26/14 7:00 PM
Old Dominion
Fresno State 9/26/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico
Texas-El Paso 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(25) Kansas State
Tennessee 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(12) Georgia
Vanderbilt 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Kentucky
Wyoming 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(9) Michigan State
Northwestern 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Penn State
TCU 9/27/14 11:00 AM
SMU
Iowa 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Purdue
Tulane 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Rutgers
So Florida 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(19) Wisconsin
Colorado State 9/27/14 11:30 AM
Boston College
Western Mich 9/27/14 11:30 AM
Virginia Tech
Maryland 9/27/14 12:30 PM
Indiana
Akron 9/27/14 12:30 PM
Pittsburgh
Bowling Green 9/27/14 2:00 PM
Massachusetts
Arkansas 9/27/14 2:30 PM
(6) Texas A&M
Kent State 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Virginia
Western Ky 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Navy
Minnesota 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Michigan
Wake Forest 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Louisville
FIU 9/27/14 2:30 PM
UAB
(1) Florida State 9/27/14 2:30 PM
NC State
Miami-Ohio 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Buffalo
Colorado 9/27/14 3:00 PM
California
Louisiana Tech 9/27/14 3:00 PM
(5) Auburn
Texas 9/27/14 3:00 PM
Kansas
Temple 9/27/14 3:00 PM
Connecticut
(16) Stanford 9/27/14 3:15 PM
Washington
TX-San Antonio 9/27/14 4:00 PM
Fla Atlantic
South Alabama 9/27/14 4:00 PM
Idaho
Cincinnati 9/27/14 5:00 PM
(22) Ohio State
Rice 9/27/14 6:00 PM
Southern Miss
Missouri 9/27/14 6:00 PM
(13) So Carolina
Boise State 9/27/14 6:00 PM
Air Force
North Carolina 9/27/14 6:00 PM
Clemson
Central Mich 9/27/14 6:00 PM
Toledo
Troy 9/27/14 6:00 PM
ULM
New Mexico St 9/27/14 6:30 PM
(17) LSU
Memphis 9/27/14 6:30 PM
(10) Ole Miss
Duke 9/27/14 6:30 PM
Miami-Florida
Texas State 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Tulsa
Washington St 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Utah
(8) Notre Dame 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Syracuse
(7) Baylor 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Iowa State
UNLV 9/27/14 7:00 PM
San Diego St
Illinois 9/27/14 8:00 PM
(21) Nebraska
Oregon State 9/27/14 9:30 PM
(18) USC
Nevada 9/27/14 9:30 PM
San Jose St
Toronto 40 FINAL
Brt Columbia 23
Edmonton 23 FINAL
Hamilton 25
Calgary 15 FINAL
Montreal 31
Ottawa 32 FINAL
Saskatchewan 35

ADVERTISEMENT

Advertisement
Golden Gavel by Star Tribune

Time left for great deals

Bid thru Sept. 29

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Grade the Vikings offense

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close