The Wolves will play tonight in Portland without Kevin Garnett and Kevin Martin again. Both of them will miss their fourth consecutive game, Garnett because of a sore knee and Martin because of that sore right wrist.
They're hopeful the typical Andrew Wiggins shows for an 8 p.m. Central time game after he went 2-for-11, scored five points and had no rebounds or assists in Friday's 103-90 loss at Utah.
I asked Wiggins at this morning's shootaround if he completely forgets a game like that or totally remembers it going into the next one.
"You throw that kind of game out the window," he said. "It happens."
Teammate Karl-Anthony Towns maintained this morning that he played "terrible" despite his 32 points and 12 rebounds Friday. When I asked him if he could play well when his team loses, he calculated that he has only played three "exceptional" games in his career, in each of his three New Jersey state high-school championships won.
Blazers coach Terry Stotts before tonight's game remembered going over to Nike Hoops Summit workouts in Portland two consecutive years a few years back and watched a young Karl Towns work out for the World team and didn't think he was seeing an NBA player then.
"He was such a young kid," Stotts said. "I'm not a college scout, I'm not a high-school scout, I don't know exactly what to look for at that age but I certainly wouldn't have predicted at that time that he would have gone on to do the things he has done. He's a terrific player. He's really filled out and matured physically and he's obviously probably the lead candidate for Rookie of the Year."
Towns and Wiggins, by the way, will play each other online in the Call of Duty Black Ops 3 video game Monday at 6:30 pm Central time in a grudge match for all to see.
The two young men became friends playing an earlier version of Call of Duty when they were roommates together at the Nike Hoops Summit in 2013.
"This game was history with me and Wigs," Towns said. "I was undefeated in that game against him. I plan on retaining my title."