Wolves' Sharp Shooting Sinks Cavs 78-65

Teammates, Coaches Taking Notice Of Muhammad's Play At Camp

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Built Ford Tough Leader of the Pack Derrick Williams led the team in scoring, but guard Coby Karl sent the Timberwolves’ offense off and running tonight with his perimeter shooting. Karl finished the game 6-of-7 overall—all being 3-point attempts—and collected 18 points and four rebounds. Not only was he hitting from beyond the arc, he was hitting well beyond the line. Karl said he wasn’t necessarily feeling in the zone Thursday; instead, it was his teammates finding him with open looks that led to the barrage of scoring. Still, his coach credits Karl’s team work and unselfish play. “The thing about Coby that’s great is he’s going to take what’s there. If he doesn’t have a wide open shot, he’s going to make the next play for his teammates,” Adelman said. “When you play like that, guys are going to sell for you. They’re going to go screen for you, they’re going to do things for you. He’s so unselfish in everything he does.” Highlight of the Night With the Cavaliers beginning to make a run and Minnesota needing a spark to stop Cleveland’s momentum, Derrick Williams came to the rescue. At the 5:50 mark of the fourth quarter, with the Wolves’ once 20-point lead now down to eight, Williams took an alley-oop pass from guard Corey Fisher and slammed it home with authority over Cavaliers forward Luke Harangody. The dunk gave Minnesota a 67-57 lead and brought some of that momentum back to the Wolves’ side. The Numbers Game

  • Karl was exceptionally hot from 3-point land tonight, but he’s been pouring in baskets from beyond the arc all week. In three Summer League games Karl is shooting 66.7 percent from 3-point range (10-of-15).
  • Derrick Williams knows he needs to penetrate and get to the basket if he’s going to make a successful transition to the small forward position. With his athletic ability, the Wolves are looking for him to be aggressive when he gets his hands on the ball. So far this Summer League, he’s doing just that and he’s getting rewarded for it. Williams went to the line 16 times on Thursday against Cleveland, shooting 11-of-16 in the game from the stripe. Add that to his previous two games, and he’s been to the line 40 times. The next step is capitalizing on those free throws—he is shooting 60 percent from the line in Summer League
  • Minnesota began the night on fire from the floor. The Wolves were making 85.7 percent of their shots through the first eight minutes of the game and ended the first quarter shooting 72.7 percent from the floor. For the game, Minnesota made 51.9 percent of their shots.

Quote of the Night “People don’t understand how bad I really want this. I’ve been playing in Europe the last five years. I’ve been getting better every year with my game, and I feel like now is a good time to show every NBA coach, the Timberwolves, everything that I can do and that I’m ready. I’m staying focused.” -- Wolves guard Kammron Taylor Next up The Timberwolves are off on Friday and will return to action on Saturday against the NBA Development League Select team. Tipoff is set for 7 PM CT. The game will not be televised and no tape delay is scheduled for the contest. The Wolves are 2-1 in Summer League action heading into the contest.