• Throughout Summer League play, one aspect of the game has remained constant for the Wolves has been their defense. In four games, the team has held opponents to 73.8 points per game on 39.6 percent shooting. That aspect of the summer has to please Tom Thibodeau. Unfortunately for all the good performances on defense, the team has struggled on the offensive side of the ball.

    Once again they just couldn’t muster up enough points to match their stellar defense, falling to the Pistons 64-59 in the first round of tournament play. The loss means the Wolves have just a single game remaining, which will come on Friday against the loser of the Raptors-Nuggets contest.

    Luckily for these young Wolves, it’s their defensive effort and effectiveness that will earn them a role with the team come the fall. In that regard Josh Okogie, once again, dazzled. He tallied four blocks, two steals and five rebounds in the game and had a number of highlight reel plays. He scored seven points on 3-of-9 shooting, missing all of his four 3-point attempts, and failing to generate an assist.

    Here he gets beat off the dribble, but he’s so long and athletic that he’s able to recover and not only contest, but block the shot. Okogie has had multiple steals or blocks in each game thus far.

    Keita Bates-Diop was the main source of offense with 16 points but on just 7-of-19 shooting (1-of-9 on 3-pointers). He also turned the ball over seven times compared to just one assist. Both draftees have, more-or-less, struggled with their jump shots, but KBD has found some success when attacking the rim.

    Amile Jefferson once again dominated the glass with 15 rebounds, though few other stats. He added just six points and two assists to his line.

    Charles Cooke had a quick burst in the first half scoring nine points on 4-of-5 shooting. He was also a factor on defense. He’s possibly played well enough to earn a look at training camp, and he has prior NBA experience.

    Jonathan Stark came off the bench and scored 10 points with seven rebounds, one assist and one steal. He’s been one of the more consistent bench options for the Wolves.

    The final time to catch the young Wolves before training camp begins will be on Friday.

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  • Derrick Favors - F/C - Utah Jazz

    Derrick Favors said he is looking to cut more weight during the offseason.

    “It’s something I’ll be focusing on again in the offseason,” Favors said. “I’ll be slimming down even more. Getting quicker so I’ll be able to guard on the perimeter and be able to guard in the pick and roll.” Favors dropped 26 pounds during heading into the 2018-19 season and just finished his second straight season with at least 76 games played. Favors has one more on contract with the Jazz and will likely pick up his player option this summer.

    Source: Associated Press

  • Kyle Korver - G/F - Utah Jazz

    Kyle Korver is uncertain if he will return for the 2019-20 season and has contemplated retirement.

    “There’s a real cost as you get older,” Korver said. “There’s all of what you need to put into the game, but there’s also a family cost. That’s probably where I’m at, is weighing that cost.” Korver has a player option for the 2019-20 season that becomes partially guaranteed after July 7. It would be his 17th NBA season if he chooses to return.

    Source: Associated Press

  • Jakob Poeltl - C - San Antonio Spurs

    Jakob Poeltl shot 4-for-6 from the field for eight points with nine boards, two assists and one block in 28 minutes for a 120-103 win over the Nuggets in Game 6 on Thursday.

    Poeltl was not able to shut down Nikola Jokic (43 points) but it didn't matter, as the Spurs shot 57.1 percent from the field to blow out the Nuggets. The Spurs will head to Denver for a winner-take-all affair in Game 7 on Saturday.

  • Gary Harris - G - Denver Nuggets

    Gary Harris scored 14 points in Game 6 against the Spurs on Thursday night as the Nuggets fell 120-103.

    Harris scored a few points in this one but didn't do a whole lot else. The Nuggets will probably need him to have more of a visible imprint on the game to make major noise.

  • Derrick White - G - San Antonio Spurs

    Derrick White shot 4-for-7 from the floor for 13 points with one rebound, two assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Nuggets on Thursday.

    White wasn't particularly effective on the stat sheet in Game 6, but his grit and solid defense helped the Spurs secure a win on their home floor. He limited his turnovers to just one in this game. White will need to stay efficient in a decisive Game 7 on Saturday in Denver.

  • Paul Millsap - F - Denver Nuggets

    Paul Millsap was almost a non-factor on Thursday night scoring just 12 points and adding four boards in heavy minutes.

    Millsap has to be better for this team to make any major noise deep in the playoffs. He just hasn't been back to his normal self for long stretches this year, so here's to hoping he can find form.

  • Rudy Gay - F - San Antonio Spurs

    Rudy Gay shot 7-for-11 for 19 points with four boards, two assists, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the Nuggets on Thursday.

    After being a non-factor for much of the series, Gay played extra efficient as a savvy veteran on Thursday night. He led the bench in scoring and helped set the tone to force a Game 7. Gay will need another game like this if the Spurs want any chance of surviving in Denver.

  • DeMar DeRozan - G - San Antonio Spurs

    DeMar DeRozan shot 12-for-16 from the field for 25 points with seven assists and seven boards in 36 minutes to force a Game 7 against the Nuggets on Thursday.

    DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge (26 points and 10 rebounds) took it to the Nuggets for their final home game of the opening round. For a team not making much noise in the regular season, all eyes will be on the Spurs and Nuggets Game 7 on Saturday. Never count out Pop and the Spurs.

  • Jamal Murray - G - Denver Nuggets

    Jamal Murray scored just 16 points (7-of-19 from the floor) on Thursday in the Game 6 loss to the Spurs.

    Murray was quiet in this one as the Nuggets tried to close it out. He did manage six assists but Nikola Jokic is going to need some help from his supporting cast to cement a date with Portland.

  • Nikola Jokic - C - Denver Nuggets

    Nikola Jokic scored a career-high 43 points and approached a triple-double with 12 rebounds and nine assists in Thursday's Game 6 loss.

    It was a waste of a great performance from Jokic as the Nuggets couldn't close out the Spurs in Game 6. Home cookin' might be just what the doctor ordered.