NBA

127
Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Minnesota 33 25 39 30 127
Washington 38 39 32 33 142
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4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)01:0019:00 ET6:00 PM CTNaN:� , November 28, 2022
Capital One Arena, Washington, District of Columbia  Attendance: 13,515

Timberwolves looking for complete effort vs. Wizards

According to STATS
According to STATS

Minnesota Timberwolves at Washington Wizards

  1. The Timberwolves average 102.8 points per game all-time against the Wizards, their second-highest scoring average against any single opponent (104.2 vs. Warriors). Each team has scored at least 100 points in nine straight matchups between these teams.
  2. Through nine road games this season, Minnesota has dished out 239 assists (26.6 per game). It is the Timberwolves' best assist mark in the first nine road games of any season in team history.
  3. In 12 career games against Washington, Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 28.5 points per game on 54.6 percent shooting. His 28.6 scoring average is the highest all-time mark by any Timberwolves player against any single opponent (min. 10 games played).
  4. The Wizards posted 23 assists to just four turnovers in Sunday's 130-121 loss to the Celtics. Their assist-to-turnover ratio of 5.75 was the team's highest in any loss over the last 35 seasons.
  5. Bradley Beal has scored at least 25 points in four consecutive games while also shooting at least 50.0 percent from the field in each game. He has only had one longer such streak in his career, a six-game stretch in February 2021.
  6. The Timberwolves have three different players this season who have taken at least 125 shots and are shooting above 50.0 percent from the field (Rudy Gobert, Jaden McDaniels and Karl-Anthony Towns). They are the only team in the NBA this season with at least three such players.

The Minnesota Timberwolves have been among the NBA's most inconsistent teams, which could be expected considering all of their offseason changes.

The Wolves' search for an identity will continue on the road Monday night against the Washington Wizards, who are battling their own consistency issues.

Minnesota has lost two straight following a five-game winning streak. The Wolves were outrebounded 47-31 and allowed their highest point total this season in a 137-114 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Sunday.

"Our identity right now is super inconsistent, very Jekyll and Hyde," Minnesota coach Chris Finch said. "We're not as physical or tough as I'd like us to be."

The Wolves shook up their roster in July by acquiring center Rudy Gobert from the Utah Jazz for Malik Beasley, Patrick Beverley, Leandro Bolmaro, Walker Kessler, Jarred Vanderbilt and four first-round draft picks.

The early results have been mixed for Minnesota, which has made the playoffs only twice in the past 18 seasons. Some nights, Gobert looks like a perfect fit and the Wolves are nearly unstoppable. Other times, the team's offense appears stagnant.

Gobert is averaging 12.7 rebounds a game and remains a force on the defensive end. He also is averaging 13.5 points and figures to contribute more offensively as the season progresses.

Point guard D'Angelo Russell, who is averaging 16.7 points over the last three games, said the Wolves need to be patient.

"Everybody's coming from different places and things like that, used to doing things different from wherever else they came from," Russell said. "It's a process of just trusting and committing to it as a group."

Minnesota has lost its last five meetings against Washington, which has dropped three straight. The Wizards trailed by as many as 26 in a 130-121 loss to the Boston Celtics on Sunday.

Bradley Beal scored 30 points to lead Washington, while Kristaps Porzingis had 21. The Wizards were without injured players Johnny Davis (groin soreness), Rui Hachimura (right-ankle soreness) and Kyle Kuzma (lower-back pain).

Wizards coach Wes Unseld Jr. is optimistic that Kuzma could return as soon as Monday.

"I wouldn't say it was an injury," Unseld said. "He's played a lot of minutes. He was complaining of a sore back and got some treatment."

Beal has at least 20 points in eight consecutive games to lead the Wizards, who are 7-4 at home this season compared with 3-6 on the road.

Washington's defense has clearly struggled without Hachimura and Kuzma. The team trailed 72-55 at the half against Boston and has allowed an average of 117.7 points during its three-game losing streak.

Point guard Monte Morris returned on Sunday after missing three games due to right-ankle soreness and had 16 points and eight assists in 24 minutes.

The Wizards have received a spark from rookie guard Jordan Goodwin, who was signed to a two-way contract before the season.

The 24-year-old Goodwin is averaging 6.8 points in 13 games while becoming a key part of the team's rotation.

"He's getting the opportunity to play, he's getting the opportunity to showcase what he can do and taking full advantage of it," Beal said. "I can't be more proud of him."

--Field Level Media

Updated November 28, 2022


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