The Minnesota Timberwolves have yet another worst loss of the season after falling at home to the Memphis Grizzlies by eight points.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 10-9, and by all accounts are outperforming most realistic expectations regarding the start of the season.
The Timberwolves have also lost twice to the now-6-13 Memphis Grizzlies and have an active home losing streak of five games.
The home struggles are confounding, to be sure, and the remedy for those issues was likely never going to be a 2:30 p.m. matinee on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Indeed, it was not.
What Memphis did have, however, was Dillon Brooks. After dropping 31 on the Wolves back on Nov. 6, Brooks scored 26 on 9-of-18 shooting and was huge throughout the second half as he almost single-handedly dragged the Grizzlies to a win.
The Wolves used a big push in the middle of the third quarter to overcome an eight-point Grizzlies lead, but Memphis turned around and pushed their lead right back to double-digits. Despite lingering behind by just a couple of possessions for much of the fourth quarter, the Wolves couldn't quite get all the way back.
Brooks and the Grizzlies pulled away in the final minutes, and the Wolves are left licking their wounds after yet another inexcusable home performance.
Shabazz Napier made his return after a four-week absence, and outside of an early 3-pointer, he struggled mightily on both ends of the floor. In just nine minutes, Napier was a team-worst -14. He was 1-for-1 from the floor and had one rebound, one steal, and one turnover.
Gorgui Dieng once again vacuumed up all backup center minutes and was solid, per usual. He had three points and five rebounds in 12 minutes and was 1-for-3 from beyond the arc.
The Wolves will head back out on the road, traveling to Dallas for a 7:30 p.m. tip on Wednesday against the 13-6 Mavericks, who handed the Los Angeles Lakers their third loss of the season on Sunday.