Well, I guess this is what happens when a team is beat up and at the end of an epic road trip.
I can’t believe I just covered the worst Wolves loss in franchise history. But that’s what happened. The Pelicans opened the game up with a 20-6 run, set all sorts of records for Wolves opponents and walked away with a 48-point victory against which all previous Wolves losses pale.
I have to say it was a very quiet Wolves locker room. Coach Flip Saunders said his team was hit with a haymaker early and never recovered. It seemed like the team was still dazed after it was over. It will be interesting to see how this group – without Ricky Rubio and Thaddeus Young – responds Saturday in Dallas.
Here are some final thoughts on the game:
--There wasn’t a lot of anger in the room. But Corey Brewer came close. Actually, both he and Nikola Pekovic flat out said Friday’s effort was unacceptable.
--Rookies Andrew Wiggins (20) and Zach LaVine (13) set career highs tonight in scoring. Wiggins, LaVine and Brewer were a combined 18-for-32. The rest of the team was 11-for-40.
--The Pelicans had more assists (31) than the Wolves had field goals (29). The Wolves managed just 13 assists.
--Glenn Robinson made his NBA debut, and finished with his first NBA point.
--The Wolves turned the ball over 24 times.
--Seeing what was happening, Saunders sat many of his players early. Pekovic, Kevin Martin, Brewer and Moe Williams all played less than 20 minutes. Perhaps there will be some energy left for Saturday’s road trip finale. If not, it could get ugly.
That’s about all for now. I’ll get back to you before Saturday’s game.