Chris Finch has been looking forward to a game like Thursday all season.
The coach was confused that Minnesota did not shoot out of bounds in the team’s first 14 games. The Timberwolves received relatively open deep views from shooters who have been good ball shooters throughout their careers. But the gaze did not fall.
Minnesota entered night shooting with 32.5% of depth – 24th out of 30 teams. Guys like Malik Beesley, D’Angelo Russell and Taurus Prince have all thrown a long ball into the clip, well below their career averages.
Finch went on to propagate his blackjack analogy – if you sit at the table long enough, the cards will turn towards you. Or, in the case of arrows, if you keep letting it fly, the shots will drop.
And, on Thursday against San Antonio, the shots finally fell.
Minnesota threw 48 percent from the field and 43 percent from three points in their 115-90 win over Spurs at Target Center. The win is the second consecutive Timberwolves team, marking their first streak of victories since the start of the season 2-0.
The cap finally came off the Target Center hoops for a row of team shooters. Beazley went 5 out of 10 from deep. Jaden McDaniels went 6 for 8. Russell moved 4 for 11 from a three-point range. The prince buried three triplets before being thrown out for a blow to the head.
The shooting was the product of a larger stream. Quite frankly, everything was a product of the flow. Minnesota made 30 assists in 41 games. The Wolves turned the ball over just 13 times and the attack was as balanced as it had been all season.
“When the ball does the job for you and you trust the next player to make the same decision with the same pure mindset, that’s what happens,” Finch said. “You have a more balanced attack and are harder to defend and all. It’s great. We played like that for a long time. Now we need to play just like this. ”
Finch thinks the offensive is approaching a night like this, not counting the three atrocities the team committed three defeats to the Clippers. The head coach saw progress in the attack, which finally broke out.
Karl-Anthony Towns lit the flame. He punished the smaller Spurs defenders on the inside and attacked from outside the perimeter when the San Antonio threw the larger ones in his direction. Towns finished with 25 points out of 9 on 16 shooting, adding 12 rebounds and 5 assists.
Anthony Edwards finished with 13 points, but 10 of them came in the first quarter, in which the Wolves took the lead 22-3, setting the tone for the game. Minnesota kept San Antonio (4-11) at arm’s length all evening.
It was one of Minnesota’s most controlling and complete wins of the season.
“I just thought we went out hungry and we went out to prove that we can win games in a row. It was a challenge we set ourselves, ”Townes said. “I think it wasn’t even us against the spurs, it was us against us, and we’ll see if we can keep our conversation going. I thought we did a great job getting out of the gate ready to play. Obviously the game is losing a little bit of leadership here and there. In general, not bad. I am very pleased with our game, especially in defense. ”
In a nutshell
Apple Valley product Tre Jones played spurs for 14 minutes. He finished with eight points, three rebounds and three assists.