Sweep Train Arena | Wolves Complete Season Sweep Over Kings
On Thursday night in Sacramento, the Minnesota Timberwolves finished off the season sweep over the Kings with a 105-97 victory.
No, the Kings didn’t have DeMarcus Cousins or Rajon Rondo who were “resting.” Resting for what, you ask? Maybe the offseason. Or maybe they were sitting to rest coach George Karl. That might actually make more sense.
This is the first time the Wolves have swept the Kings in franchise history, which isn’t that hard to believe. The two teams normally play four times a season. Beating a team four times a season is hard. And if you look at when both of these teams were at their best, a lot of it overlapped.
Did you fall asleep before the end of last night’s game? No worries. We’ll fill you in.
We talk a lot about Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine. As we should because they are really good. But Gorgui Dieng has had himself a great season and keeps doing things that we didn’t think he could do when the Wolves drafted him in 2013.
There was a play last night when Dieng pumped to his right, the defender bit and Dieng threw up a floater. We didn’t see that at Louisville.
Dieng is averaging a career-high 10 points per game this season to go with 7.2 rebounds. Those aren’t All-Star numbers, but those are very good numbers for a third-year center who was raw coming out of college.
Also, welcome to the Gorgui Dieng Point Guard Era.
Is Bjelica’s Confidence Back?
It’s been a roller coaster of a season for 27-year-old rookie Nemanja Bjelica. He started looking great. Then he hurt his knee, might have been in the coach’s doghouse and was injured over the All-Star Break.
Kind of a weird season and not ideal for the former EuroLeague MVP. But lately, Bjelica has shown us that he can be a positive contributor for the Wolves moving forward.
Bjelica finished with 18 points off the bench last night, shooting 6-for-7 from the field and 4-for-5 from the 3-point line – doing exactly what we thought he would do when coming from overseas.
It’s the end of the season, I know. The Kings don’t seem to really care anymore. But Bjelica’s performance is a solid confidence booster. He’s hit double-digits in three of his last five games. The performance might not do much for the coaches or us. But if it does something for him, that’s all that matters.
Zach LaVine Can Still Dunk
We were shocked, too.