Ultimately, Wolves interim coach Sam Mitchell went back to what worked in the beginning.
Starting a lineup that included defensive-minded veterans Kevin Garnett and Tayshaun Prince at the two forward spots, and moving Andrew Wiggins back to the shooting guard spot were the keys to Friday’s 99-95 victory over Sacramento.
Wiggins responded with 32 points, 10 rebounds and six assists as the Wolves ended a four-game losing streak.
Here are some final thoughts on the game:
--Afterwards Mitchell said he knew it was going to be difficult, but he had to keep Wiggins at the two. It stops him from having to guard bigger, more physical forwards on the defensive end, and gives him better matchups on offense. The challenge, then, will be to get minutes for Kevin Martin and Zach LaVine at the two. That will require some creativity.
--Towns had to battle both foul trouble and DeMarcus Cousins tonight. I think he did a pretty good job. Towns scored 15 points on 6-for-11 shooting, with 8 rebounds and a block. Cousins scored 24 points and had 11 rebounds, but he needed 25 shots to get there.
--It should be noted that five of Wiggins’ 10 rebounds came on the offensive end.
--Shabazz Muhammad was very, very good tonight, too. He scored 16 points with seven rebounds in 27 minutes.
--Yet again, Rubio proved he can be effective even when he’s not shooting particularly well (3-for-10). He scored 12 points with eight assists and seven rebounds. He also had two steals. His four free throws down the stretch were crucial.
That’s about it for now. Jerry will be with the team in Brooklyn and Boston. Have a good weekend.