Skip to main content

What they're saying about Wolves-Blazers: 'See the validation'

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

How big was Minnesota's win at Target Center over the Portland Trailblazers Wednesday night? A 120-109 victory over the team with the NBA's best record is certainly the biggest win of the young season, and could right the ship for the Timberwolves, who are now back at an even record of 13-13.

Fox Sports North has this quote from coach Rick Adleman: "You're trying to get your team to see the validation of when they play the way they're capable of playing."

ESPN pits the two best power forwards in the league against each other, noting that Kevin Love Love had 29 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists to outshine LeMarcus Aldridge in the victory over Portland.

"Just one of those nights," Aldridge said. "I couldn't throw a rock in a lake if I tried to, even if I was standing in the water."

Yahoo! Sports notes the big numbers put up by center Nikola Pekovic with 30 points and nine rebounds.

The Timberwolves played an efficient game offensively, shooting 46-93 (49.5%) from the field and turning it over just 10 times, reports Yahoo!, meanwhile, the defense of Portland continues to struggle forcing turnovers, with their opponents surrendering the fewest turnovers in the league (14.1%)

Canis Hoopus has this quote from Love on Pekovic:

"He sealed the guys the right way tonight and was able to get back to that left shoulder that everyone knows he loves but he's so big that you can't really stop it."

Here's a bit from another Canis Hoopus story: "The second quarter came, and the Wolves' onslaught went from impressive to borderline unrealistic. Their lead got as big as 32 in that quarter, with their consistent defense and success on the fast break making it near-impossible for Portland to stop the Wolves."

The Star Tribune's Jerry Zgoda notes that "the Wolves withstood the Blazers’ fourth-quarter threats thanks in good part to a 72-34 advantage in points in the paint, many of which came from Pekovic’s scoring and ball movement created by the passing of Love, (Ricky) Rubio and others."

Of course, someone has to be a Debbie Downer, and that job belongs to Tom Powers of the Pioneer Press.

"That's one in a row," Powers writes. "The Timberwolves really need to go on some type of decent winning streak here."

Next Up

Brandon Gardas

St. Michael standoff suspect charged, bail set at $10 million

A judge on Monday set the high bail due to "very significant concerns of public safety" regarding Brandon Gardas.

20210722_hhc_570

Minnesota's premier trauma center housed at HCMC

The Minneapolis center is nationally recognized in pediatric trauma

Crisp & Green

Crisp & Green opening 13th store in Twin Cities in July

The fast-casual salad and grains restaurant has exploded onto the food scene.

FLickr - Target Field 2019 - mark grabe

Twins to host post-game concert with country star at Target Field

Country singer Cole Swindell is expected to perform for up to 75 minutes after the conclusion of the Blue Jays-Twins contest.

10974344_886755688011981_7448860726679919201_o

Canton Restaurant closes after nearly 40 years in Burnsville

It's the end of an era in the Twin Cities restaurant world.

Screen Shot 2022-06-27 at 12.47.20 PM

Luck strikes in Minnesota: lottery winners in Duluth, Grand Marais

The North Shore just so happened to be a lucky place to be this past weekend.

covid

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, June 27

BA.5 is expected to become the dominant subvariant in Minnesota.

police lights squad car

60-year-old woman arrested after firing shots inside Spicer home

SWAT evacuated nearby residents during the incident.

Florida Georgia Line

Florida Georgia Line booked to play at the Minnesota State Fair

The band is the second country music act to be booked this year.

monkeypox

First case of monkeypox confirmed in Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Health says the risk to the public is "considered low" at this time.

Related