Quick Hits | Minnesota at Chicago Reaction

by Mark Remme
Web Editor

Quick Hits | Minnesota at Chicago Reaction

After last night’s 95-86 win over the Chicago Bulls on the road, our Kyle Ratke made a few observations. He typed them here. Enjoy.

1.) Stop, It’s Turiaf Time

When Nikola Pekovic exited the game early in the first quarter with an Achilles injury, Minnesota knew that other players on the team would have to pick up the scoring. Pekovic is an animal on the offensive end. The other centers on Minnesota’s roster, however, won’t be confused with Wilt Chamberlain when it comes to their scoring prowess.

Ha! Don’t tell Ronny Turiaf that. Turiaf put up 14 points on Monday night against the Bulls, his highest total since Nov. 1, 2011, when he put up 19 points against the Portland Trail Blazers as a New York Knick. The big man was efficient (6-of-7 from the field) and was also the rim protector the team needed, swatting three shots.

He did miss a free throw, though, so there is still room for improvement…

(We always look for ways to get better here on Timberwolves.com.)

2.) That’s The Chase We Know

In his previous nine games this season, Chase Budinger hasn’t really looked like himself for the Wolves – and that’s expected after two knee surgeries in the last year.

On Monday night, though, Budinger player a pretty awesome 19 minutes and 36 seconds, going 5-of-7 from the field and 2-of-2 from the 3-point line. He scored a season-high 12 points and also tied a season-high with four rebounds.

His first 3-pointer of the game came in transition. Jim Petersen told me on Fox Sports North that you can tell when a shooter is confident when he pulls up in transition. CHASE PULLED UP IN TRANSITION! CONFIDENCE!

2.) D.J. Augustine… Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop

Okay, let me get this straight. Augustine signed with the Toronto Raptors on July 22. On Dec. 9, the Raptors released Augustine.

In his time with Toronto, he scored 21 points in 10 games. That’s 2.1 points per game for you math majors out there.

Chicago signed Augustine on Dec. 13 after injuries to Derrick Rose and Kirk Hinrich depleted its roster. Since then?

Augustine has scored 16+ points in eight of his last 10 games. The Bulls are 6-4 in those games. He’s averaging 13.6 points per game (highest since 2010-11), 6 assists per game (highest since 2011-12) and 1.2 steals per game (career-high) in his time with the Bulls.

This doesn’t make sense, but hey, sports rarely do. Last night Augustine was second on his team with 19 points, 12 coming from the 3-point line. He also had a game-high six assists in nearly 40 minutes of play.

He’s not going to make anyone forget about D-Rose, but it appears as if the former Texas point guard has revived his career during his 24 games with the Bulls.

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