Player grades from Minnesota Timberwolves' road loss to Clippers

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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 01: Los Angeles Clippers Forward Kawhi Leonard (2) drives to the basket. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Minnesota Timberwolves have officially notched their second 11-game losing streak of the season after losing the LA Clippers on Saturday afternoon.

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118
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106

The Minnesota Timberwolves had four days off since their deflating, historical loss to the Sacramento Kings on Monday night. It didn't matter.

For the second time this season, the Wolves have lost 11 games in a row. It's stunning, really.

For most of this skid, Minnesota has been competitive. They trailed nearly wire-to-wire in this matchup, however, and it never really felt as though they were mounting a serious threat to the Clippers, who now sit at 34-15 and are tied with Denver for the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference.

The Clippers scored at will for the first three quarters, heading into the final frame with 98 points already on the board. The Wolves' defense continued to be awful, and the rebounding scuffled as well. Ultimately, LA out-boarded the Wolves by a 50-44 margin, but the Clippers grabbed 12 offensive rebounds throughout the game, many of them resulting in key second-chance points.

Outside of Karl-Anthony Towns, nobody on the Wolves reached double-figures in scoring until midway through the third quarter. Towns was solid throughout, but it was once again a one-man show for Minnesota.

Next up is another winnable game against the Kings in Sacramento on Monday night.

Player Grades

Karl-Anthony Towns

Center | Minnesota Timberwolves
B+
Karl-Anthony Towns had another good game, finishing with 31 points (11-22 FG, 2-9 3P, 8-11 FT), 12 rebounds, and three assists with zero turnovers. The Wolves struggled to play any semblance of defense in the paint once again, and a lot of those issues go back to Towns. That said, he was a monster offensively, especially early in the game.

Andrew Wiggins

Wing | Minnesota Timberwolves
D
Andrew Wiggins had another lackluster performance. Put simply, the Wolves aren't going to win very often if Maple Jordan only puts up 13 points on 4-of-11 shooting with three assists and two turnovers. He wasn't aggressive in any phase of the game, and it was a big part of Minnesota's all-around issues.

Shabazz Napier

Guard | Minnesota Timberwolves
C+
Shabazz Napier had eight first-half assists, but that was about the only bright spot for him in this game. He only finished with 10 helpers to go along with 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting. He also had four turnovers, and struggled to get the Wolves into the offense early in possessions. The need for a true starting point guard has never been more evident.

Robert Covington

Forward | Minnesota Timberwolves
B-
Another game, another quiet performance from everyone's favorite subject of trade rumors. Robert Covington had only 12 points (3-7 FG, 1-4 3P, 5-6 FT) and five rebounds. He did manage to grab three steals and swat two blocks and was typically solid on defense, although Cov was one of several Wolves who tried and failed to slow down Kawhi Leonard in this one.

Josh Okogie

Wing | Minnesota Timberwolves
B
Josh Okogie had an up-and-down game off the bench. The 13 points and six rebounds were nice, but he turned the ball over three times and committed five personal fouls. Okogie had a tough night defensively as the officials were certainly a bit picky with the way he was guarding Leonard, but there were also some self-inflicted errors, too.

Jarrett Culver

Guard | Minnesota Timberwolves
C
Jarrett Culver started and had a quiet afternoon. While he finished with a team-best 10 in the plus-minus column over 22 minutes, he only had five points on five shots and had just one assist. Culver has officially came back down to earth just a bit after his hot stretch of games ended last week.

Other Players

The Wolves didn't get much from anyone else. Outside of Okogie's 13, the Wolves had seven points from Kelan Martin, five from Gorgui Dieng, four from Jordan McLaughlin, and two each from Jordan Bell and Keita Bates-Diop.

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Next Up

The Wolves head up the coast to Sacramento to play the Kings for the second time in a week. Tip-off is on Monday at 9 p.m. CT.