Greetings for a final time from the Target Center, where the Wolves were beat up by the Nets tonight.
The Nets scored 78 points in the paint, the most by an NBA team this season and the most since Houston allowed 80 in a game last April. That’s what happens when you have go to with a post rotation of Gorgui Dieng, Adreian Payne and Justin Hamilton.
Here are some final thoughts on the game:
--I shudder to think how bad this one would have been had the Wolves not hit nine of 15 three-pointers. Kevin Martin hit three of five and Zach LaVine hit four of six.
--In the third quarter, the Wolves got a total of 10 points from players not named Martin. K-Mart scored 14 of his 21 in that frame.
--The Wolves bench was outscored 55-33.
--That said, one of the few bright spots tonight came from Chase Budinger, who put together yet another strong game with 18 points on 8-for-10 shooting. He has scored in double figures in three of his past four games.
--After the game coach Flip Saunders said that for guys like Payne, Dieng and Hamilton working in the weight room will be Job 1 this summer. After watching tonight’s game, I agree.
--LaVine continues to be an interesting rookie combination of enticing ability and frustrating play. Yes, his shot was on tonight. But he at times drove Saunders to distraction with his turnovers (six) and his play on the defensive end.
That’s about it for now. Jerry will be with the team on the road later this week.