The most impressive stretch in Andrew Wiggins’ young career hit a bit of a speed bump Saturday in Memphis. After averaging 33.0 points, 50.7 percent shooting and 50 percent shooting on three-pointers, Wiggins – along with much of the rest of his teammates – hit a bit of a wall in Memphis. In a 93-71 loss to the Grizzlies Wiggins scored seven points on 2-for-11 shooting, missing all three of his three-pointers and committing five turnovers.
All it did, he said, was reinforce what he already knew.
“I should have been more aggressive,’’ he said. “I could have attacked the basket more. I could have shot more. It was a lot of things.’’
Wiggins made two field goals, tied for second-lowest in his career. It was his lowest shooting percentage of the season, too. One reason, he said, was the enormous amount of double teams the Grizzlies threw at him. Wiggins said it was the most he’d seen. Given the way he’s been playing this season, it’s fair to assume he’ll be seeing more and more of them going forward.
“They played good defense, but I think I didn’t take a lot of shots I usually take,’’ he said. “And I wasn’t as aggressive as I have been.’’
Here are some other items from today’s morning shoot:
--It appears Brandon Rush, who hasn’t played since Nov. 5 because of a sprained right big toe, might be ready to return. Perhaps as early as tonight. Coach Tom Thibodeau said Rush looked good during the morning workout. If he warms up well tonight he could play.
Thibodeau said one reason the Wolves bench , which has been out-scored 193-76 over the last four games, has struggled is that the Wolves were without Shabazz Muhammad and Rush for so long. It doesn’t help that Nemanja Bjelica has struggled during that stretch as well.
Muhammad returned in Memphis, scoring four points in 17½ minutes. The return of Rush would give Thibodeau a three-point shooter who could space the floor for the second unit.
--As you know, Wolves center Karl-Anthony Towns and Boston center Al Horford have been friends for a while. They met in 2011 during the NBA lockout when Horford and the Dominican National team played an exhibition game against former Kentucky Stars in Lexington, Ky. Towns was 15, but he was there, and he met Horford. And, as it turned out, his future college coach; that Dominican Republic team was being coached by John Calipari.
Horford remembers being stunned by how big Towns’ hands and feet were. The two became friends and now have both played for the Dominican team.
“Al was my KG before KG,’’ Towns said, referring to Kevin Garnett, who mentored him during his rookie of the year season last year. “So me and him have always been tremendously close. And our families are tremendously close.’’
Said Horford: “I just tried to really lead by example. He’s a very smart man, from a young age he was very mature, really good worth ethic. We all knew it would be a matter of time that he’d be at this level and dominating the way he has been.’’
Tonight’s 7 p.m. game is on FSN-plus.