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Postgame: Wolves' winning streak ends in Dallas

The Timberwolves’ three-game winning streak came to an abrupt end here in Dallas.

After averaging 27.3 assists per game during three wins, the Wolves had 20 today. On the defensive end the Wolves didn’t move their feet enough and fouled too much.

It won’t get any easier. The Wolves will play at San Antonio Tuesday.

Here are some final thoughts on the game:

--Zach LaVine returned after missing two games with a hip injury. He played OK, making three of four three-pointers and scoring 11 points. And while it’s not necessarily his fault, the Wolves offense just didn’t have the ball movement and spacing it had in its last two victories.

--Thibodeau went deep into his bench today, playing 11 players overall. “I was just trying to get something going,’’ Thibodeau said. “We tried to match up better with them. We were searching.’’

--Still, with LaVine back, Thibodeau essentially said his rotation will remain tight. And that means Brandon Rush will likely be on the outside of that rotation looking in.

--After scoring just four points on 1-for-10 shooting Friday, Gorgui Dieng bounced back with a 10-for-12 performance, scoring a season-high 21 points. He may have been the lone Wolves player who came with energy from start to finish. He also had eight rebounds – five on the offensive end – and a steal.

--Ricky Rubio had 10 assists, his fourth straight game with 10 or more, matching the second longest such streak of his career.

Zach LaVine back in lineup today for Wolves

He stretched, warmed up and it all felt good. So Zach LaVine will return to action this afternoon against Dallas.

LaVine, who hurt his left hip in the fourth quarter of the Wolves-Dallas game at Target Center Jan. 11, should start after missing two games. He was too busy trying to get ready to talk before the game today.

The Wolves won that game against Dallas at Target Center and won their next two as well, with Brandon Rush starting in LaVine’s place.

But the best bet is coach Tom Thibodeau will return to his old rotation now that LaVine is back. And that means Rush, who scored hit seven of 13 three pointers, made five steals and blocked five shots in the last two games, will again struggle to find minutes.  

“The thing is, you have to have a rotation,’’ Thibodeau said. “You have to be careful with how many guys you’re playing. So we’ll get back to our rotation, and the other guys have to stay ready. They’re situation.’’

It would appear Rush has become situational again. “He’s been around, he’s had every role there is to have,’’ Thibodeau said. “He’s started, been a bench guy, been a rotation guy, been a situational guy. So whatever it is you ask him to do, he embraces that role.’’

Meanwhile, it will be interesting to see how ready the Mavericks are today. Dallas played Arizona in Mexico City Thursday night, not getting back home until about 5:30 Friday morning.

“Those are difficult situations,’’ Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. “You get home by 5:30, you probably haven’t slept much on the plane, and you have to discipline yourself to sleep till about 10:30, then get up and stay up so you can get to bed at a decent hour.’’

--The Dallas Mavericks brought back guard Pierre Jackson on a 10-day contract. 

TV Listings

Local Schedule

  • New Jersey at Wild

    7 pm on FSN, 100.3-FM

  • Timberwolves at San Antonio

    7:30 pm on FSN PLUS, 830-AM

  • Arizona at Wild

    7 pm on FSN, 100.3-FM

  • Timberwolves at L.A. Clippers

    9:30 pm on TNT, 830-AM

  • Gophers men's hockey at Wisconsin

    7 pm on FSN, 1500-AM

  • Ohio State at Gophers women's hockey

    7:07 pm

  • Gophers women's basketball at Iowa

    2 pm

  • Ohio State at Gophers women's hockey

    2:07 pm

  • Wisconsin at Gophers men's basketball

    3:30 pm on BTN, 1500-AM

  • Gophers men's hockey at Wisconsin

    5 pm on FSN, 1500-AM

  • Anaheim at Wild

    8 pm on FSN, 100.3-FM

  • Denver at Timberwolves

    6 pm on FSN, 830-AM

  • Nashville at Wild

    7 pm on FSN PLUS, 100.3-FM

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