Feb 24, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Derrick Williams (7) dunks against the Golden State Warriors in the fourth quarter at Target Center. The Warriors won 100-99. Mandatory Credit: Greg Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Jarrett Jack buries hatchet in Wolves face

Derrick Williams and Jarret Jack have some history. It’s twitter-based history, but they feuded for two minutes during the All Star break last year before they realized how dumb it made them both look. The Toronto Sun refreshes our memory:

Athletes are still figuring out this whole twitter thing. During Saturday’s dunk competition, ex-Raptor Jarrett Jack took to twitter (like many of us did) to publicize his disgust for this year’s event. Jack took particular aim at Minnesota rookie Derrick Williams calling him out for riding on the back of a motorcycle that he eventually (and lamely) jumped over.

He also made reference to Williams “cash register mouth” an apparent dig at the rookie’s underbite.

Williams responded in kind first pretending he didn’t know who Jack was and then suggesting “All I know is come draft night. That team lookin for a point guard.”

Williams checked himself after that saying he had to chill out. Jack eventually suggested Williams had to stop taking things so seriously, that he was only having some fun.

But it didn’t sound like fun for either.

I don’t know. They both got their licks in. Jack’s were a little superficial, but it would seem he got the (latest) last laugh Sunday, going for 23 points and 8 assists with 5 3s as the Warriors eked out a 1-point win over the Wolves. Williams did his job, grabbing 12 rebounds and scoring 23 point of his own on 15 shots (0-2 from 3) in a season-high 38 minutes.

If you set aside the missed free throw box-out and Ridnour’s last-second shot, the Wolves were outrebounded (-7), obviously outshot from 3 (9%) and committed just 5 less turnovers than Golden State’s 22 — the fact they were in the game at the end is amazing and a testament to Ricky Rubio’s defense.

Williams recovered nicely from his Oklahoma City debacle and he and Pek still weren’t enough offensive firepower to get the Wolves over the hump. It’s hard to see production like D-Will and not realize just how great Kevin Love is in the same position. AK’s badly missed 3s will be much easier to ignore when Budinger (or any other capable wing) and Love are throwing darts from out there. That time will come.

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