It looked like the Wolves were going to do it. A nine point lead going into the fourth quarter against a team who’s star player was struggling shooting the basketball. Everything was aligning for the Wolves to win three straight games, all on the road. That is, until Dahntay Jones caught fire, and the Wolves couldn’t put that fire out.
Dahntay was an unexpected hero for the Pacers, coming into the fourth quarter with no points and playing a fairly lackadaisical game to that point. However, Wolves coach Kurt Rambis figured he would shoot himself out of his hot streak, and kept Wayne Ellington and Lazar Heyward on him until it was too late.
“I didn’t do enough to help my team with stopping Dahntay Jones,” Rambis said. “I should have done better things to find ways to get stops and take him out of the ballgame. We tried fronting, changed our matchup, came with different people. We just couldn’t find a way to get stops. It seems they always had a counter for us.”
It is good to know Rambis sees this as something he dropped the ball on, and I (unlike many Wolves fans) still like him as the head coach of the future for this squad, but he has to be able to adjust in game or he is holding his maturation as a coach as well as the maturation of our team back. Dahntay went on to score 19 in the fourth quarter, and the Wolves lost 116-105.
Kevin Love had an average game of 22 and 15, while no other Timberwolves player really stepped it up offensively. Jonny Flynn struggled like he had before this two game win streak, ending with only 4 points 2 assists and 5 turnovers on 2-9 shooting.
The Wolves continue their streak of back to back games tonight when they take on the 76ers at home.