Once again the Wolves played well enough to be entertaining and competitive, but not well enough to win. While falling to 2-9 at home, the Wolves found themselves up three with a minute left, only to fall for the 14th straight time to the Clippers.
Afterward interim coach Sam Mitchell talked about a young team learning from their mistakes. At least one of those young players sounded like that might not be enough any more. “I’d rather not learn something and get the win,” Zach LaVine said. “I mean, you can always learn at practice. You want the win no matter what.’’
Here are some thoughts on the game.
--LaVine continues to get better and better. Tonight he scored a team-high 21 points off the bench, and it was his 19-foot jumper that put the Wolves up three with a minute to play. But, like Mitchell was saying there are lessons to be learned; his inbounds pass to Andrew Wiggins moments later went awry, a crucial turnover the Clippers turned into points.
--Kevin Garnett turned back the clock for a moment tonight when, on the break, he got a monster slam on Blake Griffin. Of course, in true KG fashion, he was teed up for woofing to Griffin about the dunk.
--It was another good game for Gorgui Dieng off the bench. After Clippers center DeAndre Jordan got off to a blistering start, Dieng went into the game and did a good job on him. He also guarded Griffin a bit, too, and did a good job of that.
--Shabazz Muhammad scored 13 points with nine rebounds in 26 minutes. After the game, he showed a big of frustration at not being on the court over the final moments of the game. Can’t blame him.
--Andrew Wiggins is in a mini-slump. After going 1-for-9 in the second half of Saturday’s loss to Portland, he was 3-for-15 tonight.
That’s about all for now. I’ll get back to you after tomorrow’s practice.