• It took some extra time, and the team nearly found themselves stranded on Waiters Island, but the Wolves were able to hang on and win 125-122 in overtime. This is already the Wolves’ fourth game decided by three points or less, and they are 4-0 in those games.

    Dion Waiters was doing everything he could to will the Heat to victory, nailing tough shots down the stretch. He finished the game with 33 points, and scored 18 of the last 25 for his team. Ultimately, it wasn’t enough as his final heave hit the back of the rim and the Wolves could celebrate.

    This game was sloppy, especially at the start. The Wolves looked sluggish, similar to early last week in their losses to the Pacers and Pistons. Luckily the team was able to pull themselves together when they needed to.

    It was still another rough defensive game. The Wolves allowed the Heat to shoot 52.7 percent and gave up too many layups and dunks. The Heat committed 24 turnovers though, which limited their offensive upside. Most of the turnovers were generated as a result of the Heat forcing the issue as opposed to suffocating Wolves’ defense.

    Overall, the Wolves didn’t seem engaged on defense the majority of the time. They were able to pull off a few stops, but this is still an area of concern.

    Offensively, the team had a well-rounded game. It was choppy at times and there were some lucky rolls, but for the most part you will accept offensive performances like this one most nights. As a team, they shot 45.1 percent from the field, 47.8 percent from three-point range (11-of-23) and 91.4 percent from the line (32-of-35).

    The 3-pointers and free-throws were likely the difference in this ball game. The Wolves got into the bonus early in the fourth quarter and took advantage of the opportunity.

    Jeff Teague led the team in points with 23, adding 11 assists, five rebounds and six steals to complete a loaded line. He shot 7-of-18 from the field, 3-of-5 from three-point range and 6-of-6 at the line. His defense wasn’t great at times, and quit on a couple of plays that led to points. But this was still a game you will take out of Teague.

    Karl-Anthony Towns scored an efficient 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting, grabbed 12 rebounds, and added three 3-pointers, three blocks, one steal and one assist. Towns did leave his feet unnecessarily for some help defense, which left rookie Bam Adebayo wide open for a number of dunks.

    Adebayo finished his best game in his short career with 13 points and 13 rebounds.

    Andrew Wiggins scored 22 points on the night, but he was mostly quiet early in the game. As the Wolves’ started to show some life, Wiggins was the man providing the energy. He’s been maddeningly inconsistent thus far, sometime settling for long jumpers and not attacking.

    We know when Wiggins is in attack mode, he is tough to slow down because he can pull off moves like this:

    When he’s settling, the offense tends to slow down as well. It’s no coincidence that the Wolves began to play better when Wiggins came alive late in the second quarter.

    Jimmy Butler had a quiet night by his standards, with 16 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals. He only shot 5-of-13 overall. On defense, he was beat more than a few times by Waiters late in the game. He looked a little bit gassed out there.

    The bench was mostly ineffective for the Wolves, but Thibs did play Crawford in some late game situations again over Taj Gibson. Crawford finished with 13 points.

    Looking forward, the Wolves play on Wednesday versus the Pelicans. It will be a battle of the Wildcat big men, with former Kentucky star Towns going against former Kentucky stars Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. It should be a fascinating game that promises to be another high scoring affair.

Fantasy News

  • Klay Thompson - G - Golden State Warriors

    Klay Thompson reacted Thursday for not being selected to an All-NBA team.

    Kemba Walker beat out both Bradley Beal and Klay Thompson for the last guard spot on the All-NBA third team. Thompson was clearly frustrated when learning that he didn't receive enough votes from the media. He expressed that he doesn't believe that there are 10 guards better than him in the NBA and that making five straight NBA Finals warrants having more than two All-NBA guys on the roster. Another reason why this is important for Thompson is that he would have been eligible for a supermax contract had he earned the honor of making an All-NBA team. Therefore, Thompson will not be able to earn as much on his next contract because the media members didn't believe that he was one of the best 10 guards in the NBA.

    Source: Anthony Slater on Twitter

  • Draymond Green - F - Golden State Warriors

    Draymond Green told the media that he "should've been first" when asked about his selection to the All-Defensive second team.

    This is Green's fifth selection to an All-Defensive team. He earned a first team selection in the three seasons from 2014-2017 while earning second team selection the past two seasons. Every single season that Green has earned All-Defensive team honors, the Warriors have made the NBA finals. Green struggled at times during the regular season but elevated his performance in the playoffs. He may end up with the best individual playoff performance from this year when it is all said and done. Green has come a long way since being drafted in the second round in 2012.

    Source: Anthony Slater on Twitter

  • Andre Iguodala - G/F - Golden State Warriors

    Andre Iguodala (left calf tightness) didn't practice on Thursday, but Steve Kerr expects him to be ok by Game 1 of the NBA FInals.

    Iggy missed Game 4 against the Blazers due to the calf injury he first sustained in the Rockets series. Iguodala has another week to get right before the NBA finals start.

    Source: Anthony Slater on Twitter

  • DeMarcus Cousins - C - Golden State Warriors

    DeMarcus Cousins (torn left quad), who was able to go through a full practice on Thursday, said he is feeling better but there is not a set game for his return as of yet.

    Cousins also mentioned that he was unsure what his role would be if/when he does return. With the Raptors and Bucks deadlocked at two games apiece, Cousins still has a week to get right before the start of the series. We will have a better timeline of his return after he and teammate Kevin Durant get re-evaluated next Wednesday.

    Source: Nick Friedell on Twitter

  • Kevin Durant - F - Golden State Warriors

    The Warriors are going to re-evaluate Kevin Durant (calf strain) and DeMarcus Cousins (torn left quad) next Wednesday, March 29th.

    Cousins and Durant were ruled unlikely for the start of the NBA finals earlier today, but they could be ready to roll soon after if they can get cleared next week. From the earlier reports, it seems that Cousins is closer to returning than Durant, as KD has not been cleared for basketball activities as of yet. The Warriors will play the winner of the Bucks and Raptors series that is currently knotted up at 2-2.

    Source: Mark Medina on Twitter

  • DeMarcus Cousins - C - Golden State Warriors

    DeMarcus Cousins (torn left quad) will not play at the start of the NBA Finals, but the Warriors expect him to return at some point in the series.

    Cousins, who was hurt back in Game 2 of the Warriors first-round series with the Clippers, seems to be farther along than Kevin Durant, who remains iffy to return. Cousins return will provide a significant boost to a team that just swept the Blazers in the Western Conference Finals.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • Kevin Durant - F - Golden State Warriors

    Kevin Durant (calf strain) was re-evaluated on Thursday, and the medical staff deemed him unlikely to return for start of NBA Finals, but the team remains hopeful that he can return at some point in the series

    Durant's initial diagnosis was a Grade 1 calf strain, but two weeks have now passed, and Durant's status is still murky. The non-contact injury always looked worse than the diagnosis revealed, and we may find out that more details weren't made public in the offseason. For now, the Warriors are going to have to continue to operate without the services of their superstar forward.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • Klay Thompson - G - Golden State Warriors

    Since Klay Thompson did not make any of the All-NBA teams, he is not eligible to recieve a supermax contract.

    Thompson can receive just the 30 percent max according to Anthony Slater of The Athletic. With Thompson failing to get supermax eligibility, it now leaves the possibility that Draymond Green can qualify for the supermax next offseason by making an All-NBA team or winning DPOY in 2020.

    Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter

  • Russell Westbrook - G - Oklahoma City Thunder

    Rounding out the All-NBA Third Team along with Russell Westbrook is LeBron James, Kemba Walker, Rudy Gobert and Blake Griffin.

    LeBron James as an All-NBA Third Team selection is plain old weird to see, but he did miss the most games in his NBA career this season. Kemba Walker made his first All-NBA team this year and is now eligible for a supermax contract with the Hornets.

    Source: drian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Joel Embiid - F/C - Philadelphia Sixers

    Joel Embiid, who led the way with 375 overall selection points, was joined by Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard, Kawhi Leonard and Kyrie Irving on the All-NBA second team.

    Many pegged Embiid to be on the All-NBA first team, but he was ultimately edged out by Nikola Jokic. The many missed games likely played a factor in that decision. Kyrie Irving held on to the last spot in what was a tightly contested selection with Russell Westbrook.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter