Coming into last night’s game both teams were coming off losses. The Jazz seen themselves losing on a Donovan Mitchell last second missed shot. James Harden and his 49 point performance was enough to take down the T’Wolves despite Karl-Anthony Towns having 27 points 15 rebounds and 2 blocks.
Towns vs. Gobert
The real concern for the T’Wolves coming into last night’s match up was Rudy Gobert. Gobert has been Defensive Player of the Year the last 2 years, and in his last game against Memphis Rudy recorded 5 blocks. Towns came into last night averaging 26.8 points and 12 rebounds, would Gobert be able to hinder his scoring? KAT scored 29 points had 13 rebounds with 4 rebounds. He also contributed on the defensive end with 2 blocks and 2 steals. Gobert did get a block on Towns, but it was his only block of the game. Gobert did get 16 points and 14 rebounds but it seems Towns got the better of him in this game.
No Wiggins No Problem
The T’Wolves were missing their missing their second leading scorer. Andrew Wiggins seems to be having a breakout this season this year, but was out during the Jazz due to illness. Wiggins has been averaging a career high 26 points per game in his 6th year. Not having Wiggins was a major concern going into a big matchup with Utah. Kelan Martin came off the bench for 14 points, which was a nice suprise as his most points coming into tonight was 6 points against the Wizards. Josh Okogie was a question mark with a knee injury, he played 24 minutes and contributed 11 points. Jeff Teague also realized his team needed him to score more this game as he had a season high 21 points and 11 rebounds. Hopefully the Timberwolves don’t lose Wiggins for many more games, but it is reassuring to know the bench was able to help relieve the loss.
Towns Outside Shot
Karl-Anthony Towns took this off season to improve his jump shot. This season has seen Towns shoot an average of 8.5 3 point shots per game, before this year his highest average was 4.6 3 point shots per game. During the Jazz game Towns shot 15 3 point shots making 7. Towns was tied for 4th in the entire NBA for 3 point shots made this season before the match up with the Jazz. If he keeps this high volume of 3 point shots made T’Wolves fans will see record a career high in points per game.
The Timberwolves will be going home to face the Jazz again Wednesday. This matchup will be another good game to watch as both teams are playoff contenders this year. Saturday will see the Suns come to town who just lost to the to the 11-2 Boston Celtics. After that it will be back on the road to Atlanta next Monday the 25th of November.