Ricky Rubio continued his fantasy rookie season Friday night in leading the Timberwolves to a hard-fought victory over the moldy San Antonio Spurs, 87-79. Rubio tied his career-high with 18 points, and also had 11 assists. The Spurs’ “Red Rocket” had three 3-pointers, and 1 clumsy running 8-footer. Tim Duncan had 0 board shots, 2 awkward claps on the bench, and displayed emotion reminiscent of Ben Stein. Several players commented on their Twitter accounts on Target Center’s energy, more signs the franchise is coming back to life.
Let’s take a look at the things I loved about the Spurs game and Friday night:
- Timberwolves defense. Held San Antonio to 41% shooting, and the Spurs never really got into a groove. The team is starting to buy into this end of the floor a lot more under Adelman.
- Pek! Timberwolves big man Nikola Pekovic was a whirling-dirvish in the paint, and made Tim Duncan look silly at times. Pek looked good starting in place of Darko, and I think this is something the Timberwolves should take a serious look at in the future.
- Martell Webster. He only play 5 minutes, but he hit his only 3-point attempt, and looked great on a drive down the lane for a dunk in traffic that was almost converted. Let’s hope this is a glimpse of the style of play he’ll provied. Call me desperate, but I think he’s got a chance to emerge as an offensive threat on this team.
- Derrick Williams’ aggression. He is looking very raw in his rookie season, but continues to produce by not shying away from taking it to the paint. He had a solid 12 points in 18 minutes on Friday night.
- Bernatelo’s Pizza. Underrated frozen pizza. Came through in the clutch last night.
The Timberwolves play the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night in Target Center. If the Timberwolves can come through, win this game, and get back to .500 you might see pure pandemonium at Target Center!