It was ugly, but the Minnesota Timberwolves are 2 wins in 2 games after their victory against the Pelicans 96-89. A victory built thanks to the very good defense of the men of Chris Finch, and that likes Karl-Anthony Towns, author of 15 of his 25 points in the first quarter.
“We must continue to build this culture and this identity with every meeting, no matter what the outcome. »Karl-Anthony Towns
If they were also well helped by a team of the Pelicans in galley, they caused no less than 30 lost balls, a franchise record for both teams. The Pelicans scored just 89 points at 34.8%.
“This team wants to defend and wants to be great,” Towns said. “We are building an identity and a culture, and every day we have to work on it and cement it.”
Offensively it was a bit of a hassle for the Wolves, limited to 40.6%, like the villains 8/22 of Anthony Edwards and the 5/14 of D’Angelo Russell. It is precisely he who ensured the victory of the Wolves by returning two capital 3-point shots at the end of the game.
“Honestly, I forgot how to play basketball,” laughs D’Angelo Russell, before adding, “Nice, ugly or awful, we did the job. “
It was this shoot, very little academic, and especially with a big success, which folded the match.
“Thank goodness it’s home,” declares Chris Finch. Sometimes being lucky in these situations is all you need. “
If there is still a lot of work and it was against opponents they had to beat (Rockets and Pelicans), Wolves were satisfied and KAT encouraged.
“At the end of the day, when we look at the stats sheet, we have a lot to be proud of,” says KAT. “Because once again, it’s only 89 points conceded. It’s an excellent defensive performance. We should win games like this. It’s really cool to be able to say that. I have a feeling that for years we have always relied on the number of points we score each night. This is the kind of evening where you have to rely on something else. Our offense was not working the way we would have liked, but our defense gave us a chance.
For the moment the Wolves have the best defensive rating in the league, to be confirmed over time.