Quick Hits | Minnesota at Phoenix Reaction

After last night’s 110-101 win over the Phoenix Suns, our Kyle Ratke made a few observations. He typed them here. Enjoy.

1.) The Legend of Shabazz

“We Want Shabazz!” “Adelman Never Plays Rookies!” “Why Does My Dryer Keep Stealing My Socks?!”

These have been things that have been said around Minneapolis regarding Timberwolves basketball as of late. It’s true, rookie Shabazz Muhammad hasn’t gotten tons of playing time this season. And yes, the dryer is an evil machine that Thor’s evil brother sent here to steal our socks.

(I still think he’s evil, at least. I have watched the second movie. Don’t ruin it for me.)

Adelman has been cautious on playing rookies throughout his coaching tenure. That’s true as well.

Side-note: I’m going to dismiss the whole “Adelman Hates Rookies” thing. In his 22 years coaching, Adelman’s had just six seasons below .500. Have we ever thought that maybe he had better players prepared to play those minutes? How many rookies play 20+ minutes on a team with a winning record? Don’t do the research, I’m just saying…

Anyways, Adelman played Muhammad a season-high 24 minutes and 20 seconds last night and man, did it pay off. The former UCLA star put up a career-high 20 points to go with six rebounds and two steals. He’s turned into a scrappy player, fighting for loose balls and a power small forward, if that’s such a thing. When he gets on the block, he’s pretty effective because he draws mismatches.

Scrappy. Fighting for loose balls. Power small forward.

Those are words that I never thought we’d use to describe Muhammad, but hey, it’s a pleasant surprise. Expect this performance to result in more time from Adelman. Muhammad certainly deserves it.

2.) K-Love Being K-Love

We got so excited about Muhammad’s game last night, that we overlooked the fact that Love had 33 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists! Only ONE assist away from his second trip to trippy dub land in three games!

In case you haven’t realized just how special of a season Love is having, I’ll let the Wolves PR guys fill you in:

  • Love extended his streak of scoring at least 26 points and grabbing at least 10 rebounds to 11 straight games last night. Love’s streak is the longest in the NBA since Shaquille O’Neal had at least 26 and 10 in 13 straight games from March 26-Oct. 30, 2001.

  • That’s 13 years ago!

  • Love now has 20 30-point games this season, breaking his own club record of 19 set two seasons ago.

  • He now has 50 career 30-point performances.

  • Also, it’s horrible that Love had the line he had last night and it seemed normal. I don’t want it to feel normal! I want it to feel like my first kiss! I want it to feel special again!

    Let’s move on before things get weird.

    3.) Tricky Ricky Strikes Again

    Rubio had a somewhat “quiet” night by his standards, scoring seven points to go with 11 assists and three steals.

    Those 11 assists, though, put Rubio into sole possession of fifth place on the team’s all-time assist list, passing Michael Williams. Next up for Rubio is Stephon Marbury. If Rubio continues to average 8.5 assists per game and plays in the final 25 games this season, he’ll end the season with 212 more assists, giving him 1,453 career assists, 60 more than Marbury’s career mark of 1,393.


    Well, that’s all I’ve got today. Enjoy your Hump Day!

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