The Minnesota Timberwolves had Jimmy Butler at the line, down one, with six seconds left. But Butler missed his free throw, and then the Wolves lost the game 100-97, dropping the first game of a back-to-back.
1. Despite missing that free throw, Jimmy Butler had one of his best games in a Timberwolves jersey. Butler went 10-15 from the field, 2-5 from three, scoring 26 points, collecting 10 rebounds, and dishing out four assists, while getting five steals.
2. Andrew Wiggins also provided a big punch from the wing, scoring 24 points. Wiggins who had seen his scoring dip over the past four games, went 11-18 from the field, but 0-4 from three in this one. He also made an impact defensively, with two steals and three blocks.
3. The Wolves, despite losing, still had a good performance defensively. They held the Pistons to 100 points, allowing them to hit their shots at a 47% clip and only 32% from three. forcing 19 turnovers, and beating the Pistons on the boards 48-46.
1. Butler's missed free throw is the obvious negative in this one. Butler is a career 82.9% free throw shooter and that miss had him at 4-6 for the day. So far this year he has shot 86.1%. That free throw wouldn't have given his team the lead, but in a game at home with the crowd in your favor, Butler rimmed out the third of three free throws, that would've tied the game. That wasn't the only close call too as Butler's game-tying three pointer at the buzzer also rimmed out. Some bad luck for Butler at the end of a great game.
2. The Wolves did force 19 turnovers, but they also turned the ball over 21 times. leading to 19 points off of turnovers. They also fouled the Pistons 20 times, giving them 20 opportunities at the free throw line.
3. Three point shooting was putrid for the Wolves in this game as well as they went 5-22 from the three-point arc, making only 22.7% of their shots. Wiggins went 0-4, Jeff Teague went 0-3, Jamal Crawford went 0-3 as well. This 0-3 by Crawford compounded the Wolves scoring deficiencies off the bench, as they could only muster 18 points off the bench.
The Wolves play the second half of a tough back-to-back Monday night as they face the Charlotte Hornets at 6 p.m. in Charlotte.