Without Dunn, Wolves Fall To Cavaliers

by Kyle Ratke, Digital Content Manager

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If this game was a test in elementary school, it probably wouldn't be one you brought home to mom to frame on the fridge.

It would be one you threw away on the bus ride home. 

The Timberwolves were without No. 5 pick Kris Dunn (concussion) in Monday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers and as one could expect, that turned out to be a not-so-great thing for the Wolves.

Minnesota had trouble creating any offense and fell 99-68 to the Cavaliers, finishing preliminary play with an 0-3 record.

There’s really not much to say about this game other than, sometimes these things happen.

Dunn will enter the NBA’s concussion protocol and his status moving forward will be updated as appropriate.

Tyus Jones led the Wolves with 15 points. He actually led the Wolves’ offense pretty well, but the Wolves just couldn’t get any shots to fall. Xavier Silas added 14 points, nine coming from the 3-point line.

Raphiael Putney led Cleveland with 19 points, while Kay Felder added 15. Jordan McRae finished with 11.

Highlight of the Game

Wolves wing Andrew Wiggins chatted with NBATV during the game and spoke about how excited he was about the team and Dunn.

The Numbers Game

  • Jones started the game 2-for-2 from the 3-point line. At that point, he was 5-for-10 from the 3-point line at Summer League this year.
  • The Wolves shot just 20-for-73 (27.4 percent) from the field.
  • Adreian Payne struggled from the field, shooting just 2-for-12. 

Player of the Game

Despite the blowout, Jones continued his solid play. To go with his 15 points, he also added three assists and two rebounds. He shot 3-for-6 from the 3-point line and a perfect 4-for-4 from the free-throw line.

In three Summer League games, Jones is averaging 15 points per game and is shooting 6-for-14 from the 3-point line.

Up Next

The Wolves will get Tuesday off before tournament play starts on Wednesday.

 

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