The Minnesota Timberwolves (3-0) have outplayed their opponents in the preseason so far. But that seemed to be in jeopardy when the LA Lakers announced they would be playing their starting five in this one. The Timberwolves played this game without their two greats in Karl-Anthony Towns and Rudy Gobert, plus no Taurean Prince, no PJ Dozier and no Eric Paschall.
“No Rudy, no KAT, no J-Mac, no Taurean Prince, no PJ Dozier, no Eric Paschall.”
-Chris Finch on who’s not playing tonight against the Lakers.
—Alan Horton (@WolvesRadio) October 13, 2022
That doesn’t seem like a formula for success. But the Minnesota Timberwolves seem like the type of team that will raise some eyebrows this season. How can this be a night when the Timberwolves appeared to be understaffed and outgunned heading into the opening denunciation?
The Timberwolves seem to have brought their first half artillery into this one. The Timberwolves have been hot from beyond the arc, making over 38% of their three-point shots.
On the other side, the LA Lakers only made two of 18 three-point attempts.
While it’s only halftime, the Timberwolves clearly aren’t intimidated by facing the best of the LA Lakers, taking on former teammate Patrick Beverly, or even giving up some height to the bigger players. of the Lakers.
So who is playing in this one?
If you wanted to undercut Minnesota Timberwolves backup center Naz Reid’s effort in his first three preseason games, you’ll be hard-pressed to do so in his fourth preseason game. Reid had 19 points, 11 rebounds and two assists in one half. He was three of six from the perimeter and eight of 13 from the floor. He was an offensive dynamo in this one, and he did it against the LA Lakers starters in just 19 minutes. We have to be optimistic about his potential this year.
Even though he’s yet to feature alongside Karl-Anthony Towns and Rudy Gobert, PG D’Angelo Russell’s first-half performance in Game 4 of the pre-season was spectacular. In fact, that’s all you could hope for. DLo scored 15 points, pulled three rebounds, dished out six assists, had two steals and even got a block. He fired three of five three-pointers and five of seven from the floor. It fires on all cylinders in this one.
The Timberwolves bench continues to impress. The squad is led by Jaylen Nowell who led the squad to 17 points, two rebounds, two steals and even added an assist in just one half of regulation play. The consistent play from the bench was a B-12 booster shot as the group continued to overtake their opponent.
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