The Minnesota Timberwolves will try to avoid their third straight loss on Friday when they go on the road to face the New Orleans Pelicans. After losing three straight games, the Pelicans finally showed some fight on Wednesday night by knocking off the Chicago Bulls. Meanwhile, the Timberwolves have lost five of their last six games, including Thursday night’s game against the Orlando Magic.
The Timberwolves put on their best offensive performance in the last six games in Thursday night’s showdown with the Magic. They were well on their way to their first win in three games, but as bad teams often do, they found a way to lose in the crucial moments. Magic guard Terrence Ross, on the other hand, found a way to lead his team to victory by catching fire from beyond the arc and showing off some magic of his own.
He came off the bench and dropped six 3-pointers on the Timberwolves on a night where he scored 32 points. It has been a common theme for the Timberwolves to watch helplessly as their would-be victory is snatched from the jaws of defeat. Make no mistake, interim head coach Ryan Saunders had a nightmare situation dropped in his lap, but he is making the most of his opportunity and showing the ability to learn and adapt.
Unfortunately for the Timberwolves, losing is a part of the growing process, and that process continued emphatically in the 122-112 loss to the Magic.
Star center Karl-Anthony Towns led the team with 27 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, while forward Andrew Wiggins contributed 23 points, nine rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks.
Pelicans beat Bulls and keep Davis
It’s going to be a long and awkward next couple months for the Pelicans.
As expected, they’ve opted to keep star forward Anthony Davis for a little while longer in an attempt to maximize his trade value. Not even a reported king’s ransom from the Los Angeles Lakers could sway the Pelicans into sending the perennial All-Star out west to team-up with LeBron James. Yet, the decision to bypass a trade leaves a festering situation that could grow into a big problem before the season ends.
Davis has already made it known that he isn’t interested in a contract extension, and the Pelicans had the valid, yet petty, response of removing him from the team’s pregame hype video. The expectation is for Davis to sit out the rest of the season, while the Pelicans focus on other players and build for the future.
That journey continued in Wednesday night’s win over the Bulls, as Davis quietly watched from the bench. The Pelicans shot 52.9 percent from the floor and 42.9 percent from 3-pointer. Center Julius Randle had a monster night off the bench with 31 points, seven rebounds and three assists in the 125-120 win. Jrue Holiday also had a great night with 18 points, six rebounds and 11 assists.