After creating a little momentum heading into the All Star break, the Wolves seemingly have returned to their old ways.
After losing in Memphis Friday to a Grizzlies team hamstrung by injuries, the Wolves topped it off by losing to a Knicks team that had won just once in 12 games entering tonight’s game. To add insult to injury, it marked Kurt Rambis’ first victory as the Knicks interim coach.
Here are some final thoughts on the game:
--It was a big man beat-down for the Knicks tonight. Led by Robin Lopez’s 26 points and 16 rebounds, the Knicks out-rebounded the Wolves 51-31 tonight. Gorgui Dieng had all kinds of problems trying to guard Lopez tonight. After playing 44 minutes Friday, Dieng didn’t have much left in the tank. He scored three points on 1-for-6 shooting and had just three rebounds. He was a minus-23.
--Looking for a silver lining? In a matchup of two leading rookie of the year candidates, Karl-Anthony Towns (24 points, eight rebounds) easily out-paced New York’s Kristaps Porzingis (six points, two rebounds).
--Lopez had as many points (16) in the first quarter as the entire Wolves team. It was the highest-scoring quarter of his career.
--Andrew Wiggins finished with 24 points, but many of those came in fourth-quarter junk time. He needs to bring more of the energy he showed at the end of the game to the beginnings of games.
That’s about it for now. Have a good rest of your weekend.