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Josh Okogie a bright spot in Timberwolves loss to Rockets

HOUSTON – The Timberwolves completed another winless road trip on Sunday, falling 117-102 to the Rockets.

Not much has happened to get the fanbase excited over the last week.

But perhaps Sunday’s game marks the rejuvenation of Josh Okogie. Okogie has still been starting but recently went through one of his roughest patches of the season. He was just 3 of his last 17 entering Sunday, and he admitted that has was struggling to deal with the fatigue that a long season can have on a rookie.

“I always tell people I’ve played more games in the NBA now that I’ve played my whole college tenure,” Okogie said. “It’s definitely hard but it’s what I signed up for and I’m grateful.”

Perhaps squaring off against James Harden helped him overcome that fatigue.

Again, Okogie had a solid night defending Harden, who scored 20 points but on an inefficient 8 of 24 shooting. It wasn't the first time this season he helped limit Harden. Okogie and his Wolves teammates also did something to Harden that hadn’t happened since 2015 – kept the league’s most frequent free-throw shooter off the foul line. Okogie said Saturday the key to that would be his ability to show his hands to the officials so as not to give them a reason to call a foul.

“I think we did a good job communicating when he was in pick and rolls and when he was going to the basket,” Okogie said. “Whoever was guarding him at the time whether it was me or [Andrew Wiggins] or Tyus [Jones], whoever it may have been, did a good job of playing without putting our hands in there because he loves to draw that foul.”

Okogie has typically brought energy to the defensive end of the floor, but perhaps most encouraging for him was his offensive game. He scored 21 points (tying a career high) on 8 of 14 shooting, which included 3 of 7 three-pointers. Perhaps Okogie has come through the other side of the rookie wall.

‘He had a great game,” Jones said. “Great bounce back game. Just got to stick with it. It’s all a process and a grind of a season and that’s the good thing about having so many games is you get a chance to bounce back and turn things around quickly.”

 

Timberwolves, Reynolds agree to multi-year contract

HOUSTON – Cameron Reynolds made the most of his two 10-day contracts with the Timberwolves, so much that the Wolves want to keep him for a while longer.

Reynolds and the Wolves agreed to a multi-year contract, a source confirmed to the Star Tribune.
Exact terms were not immediately available Friday night. 

Reynolds has played in six games for the Wolves, averaging 4.3 points in 14.8 minutes. Reynolds has played a significant role off the bench in each of the Wolves’ last four games. Against Denver he was 4 of 7 from three-point range, showcasing that he has the long-range touch for the NBA. At 6-8 the Wolves also like his length and ability to defend multiple positions.

“Extremely blessed to have made it this far!” Reynolds tweeted. “Thank you to the Timberwovles organization on believing in me!”

The Wolves will have some big contracts on the books next season.

Karl-Anthony Towns’ maximum extension kicks in while Andrew Wiggins will be on the second year of his. Gorgui Dieng will be in the third of a four-year deal worth around $64 million total while guard Jeff Teague has a player option worth $19 million he could opt into. Reynolds might provide the Wolves low-cost depth if they are up against the salary cap.

 

Final, 3/21 1 2 3 4 F
Minnesota 32-40 25 26 27 28 106
Charlotte 32-39 25 29 27 32 113

NBA Scoreboard

  • Minnesota

    Charlotte

     

    - F

    106

    113

  • Denver

    Washington

     

    - F

    113

    108

  • Utah

    Atlanta

     

    - F

    114

    117

  • Detroit

    Phoenix

     

    - F

    118

    98

  • Dallas

    Sacramento

     

    - F

    100

    116

  • Indiana

    Golden State

     

    - F

    89

    112

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