Wolves 107, rockets 101: unstoppable rockets meet immovable wolves


Phew.

I had a scathing summary planned for tonight. I really did. You were on the verge of being subjected to reading phrases about fake unicorns, urine-filled basketballs, being C3 from day 93, and many more uncreative dissensions. However I have Stephen Silas, Rafael Stone, and most importantly, John wall, thank you for saving my position here at Canis Hoopus.

As Kyle Theige pointed out, this game was going to be a battle of the two worst teams in the NBA and boy did it live up to that hype! What appeared to be a spirited offensive showcase The flea market in the first half quickly turned into perhaps the worst basketball ever played on planet Earth in the second half.

By the third quarter, the Wolves’ “defense” had become fuel for the team that had lost 20 of its last 21 games. Minnesota found itself trailing 19 points courtesy of Houston who had 15 of 31 3s. Karl-Anthony Cities, who had spent most of the first half complaining to the umpires, somehow increased his whining to 11 in the 3rd. He was frustrated and the rest of his teammates didn’t seem able to bail him out either. Towns’ team looked ready to lay down and lose by 20 points to the second worst team in the NBA. It also looked like I was about to put my fist through the TV.

Then came the fourth quarter.

In the first 4 minutes, although the deficit never shot up until 20, it still didn’t look like the Wolves were going to fight. Then, at the 7:47 mark, the game turned upside down. Anthony Edwards was substituted out of the game by Jaden “Big mac”McDaniels and the Rockets never scored again.

Not really. That is not hyperbole. At 7:47, the Rockets were at 101 points. When the clock struck 0:00, they were still at 101 points. Meanwhile, the Wolves went on a 20-0 run to end the game. How did this happen? John Wall caught and missed 6 misses of the team’s last 11 field goal attempts while contributing 2 of the team’s 3 turnovers in that time.

I really feel like on the Wolves side, the credit really goes to 3 key players: KAT, Jaden McDaniels and … Juancho Hernangomez. That’s how it is. The only player Washington has been looking for in a Bradley Beal trade (%). KAT and Juancho combined for 20 points in the fourth quarter while Big Mac was blocking things defensively. It was a sight to behold. According to Dave Benz, the Wolves were unofficially 32-770 (3.99%) in games in which they were 10 points behind in the fourth quarter.


There were some fun plays to end the game that I want to mention. After John Wall missed his sixth straight shot in the final minute of play, McDaniels found himself running down the court on a 1-on-1 counter-attack opportunity against Sterling Brown. Just as he was trying to move around Brown, he fell to the ground and looked at the referee for a foul. However, during that chaos, Coach Finch cleverly (and hilariously) called for a timeout in the middle of the break to save Jaden from himself. Why was it a good decision? The Wolves were up 2 with 34.7 seconds left in the game and 20 on the shot clock.

In subsequent possession, KAT found Ricky Rubio who absolutely smoked a width tray typically open. I mean, on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being Ricky Rubio’s worst layup ever lost, it was probably a 9.5. Regardless, this gave the Rockets a transitional opportunity to tie the game. Wall, who should I remind you of? 6 shots missed in a row, he would release the ball and kick it out of bounds.

Game: Wolves.

Lottery odds: Uh oh …

Full Game Highlights:

Game Notes

  • Before the fourth quarter, the only three players who really seemed to have a winning impact on the game were Jaylen nowell (5/15/5 and 3 robberies), Naz Reid (2/16/2 and 2 steals), and Jaden mcdaniels (14/4 and 2 blocks, 100% FG). What will not be missed in this seasonal wash are the gems that Gersson Rosas continues to unearth out of nowhere.
  • Today was finally the return of Jordan mclaughlin. Unfortunately, while understandable, it looked extremely rusty there. He finished with 2 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 2 turnovers, 1 airball and 20% shooting. Welcome back!
  • Jake layman and Jarrett culver they were both out of the rotation today. I haven’t heard why, but they didn’t leave the bank today. Meanwhile, Malik Beasley should be back on the court tomorrow!
  • It was a little on sad to see Anthony Edwards completely unable to get going again. He looked shy attacking the painting and was shooting bad shot after bad shot. He was legitimately benched at the end of the game, although Finch mentioned that he was only going with what was working. After the final bell rang, I saw Ant head down the tunnel looking far down as Juancho gave him some advice. I didn’t interpret that as if he was upset with the win or being benched, but more upset with his own performance once again. However, the 19-year-old will recover.
  • The MPE goes to the ex Pizza Guy, Ben McLemore. He made 6 of 6 3-pointers to start the game and looked like Steph Curry out there. It ended on 7/14 and only 21 points.
  • I am not casual and I know it well Christian wood it was before today’s game. I even remember conversations about him here at Canis Hoopus when he wasn’t drafted in 2015. However, he still managed to surprise me with his performance tonight. KAT and Wood were playing tit for tat early in the game, but it wasn’t long before Wood looked completely dominant over him in the 3rd. KAT is still amazing and was able to regain control in the fourth, although Wood finished with a formidable 24 points on 16 shots. I’m sorry I have to play with John Wall.
  • I finally had the opportunity to ask KAT about the increase in violence against the AAPI community. He had a thoughtful and honest answer, as usual. It’s a timely reminder that we really do have a good one on our team, whatever happens on the court. I am very proud to cover this young man.



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