July 13, 2018, 11:16 pm
Josh Okogie watched from the sidelines this time out, but the Wolves were able to pull out a victory anyway 83-71. With this win, Minnesota closes out their summer circuit with a 3-2 record.
By this time of the summer, a handful of the players end up sitting out. This was the team’s fifth game in eight nights and with nothing to play for, the Wolves opted to rest Okogie.
Keita Bates-Diop, like a few games before, took over the reigns in this one and led his team offensively. He finished with 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting, adding four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block to his well-rounded line. This is the type of line we’ve come to expect from KBD. It will be tough for him to crack the rotation, but he certainly has some useful tools.
Amile Jefferson, who is leading the Summer League in rebounding at 13.5 per game, had a game that he’ll remember for a long time, although not because of the stats he put up. He scored five points and grabbed (just) nine rebounds, adding one assist, one steal and two blocks, but the most memorable aspect was he did this while losing one of his teeth mid-game.
In the third quarter Jefferson took a shot that jarred his tooth loose. He exited the game, but toughed it out and returned to the game. He easily could have thrown in the towel for the final 15 minutes of game left, but opted to keep on competing. That sort of mentality will endear himself to Thibodeau. He can always go to the dentist later.
Jared Terrell stepped up with 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting, with five rebounds, two assists and one steal. It hasn’t been the strongest summer for Terrell, who signed a two-way contract with the Wolves. He’ll hope to carry this performance into some good workouts this offseason and into training camp.
Isaiah Cousins had another strong game with 12 points, six assists, four rebounds and three steals. His running mate Josh Gray scored 14 points with two rebounds, one assist and one steal. The two provided a major boost off the bench for the Wolves and allowed them to hold the lead at double-digits for the majority of the afternoon.
This game wraps up Summer League for the Wolves, but there is still plenty of basketball left on the tube. Overall it was a solid showing for the young Wolves. It’s much too early to make definitive conclusions, but it seems like the team did quite well in their draft.