The Minnesota Timberwolves did what they were supposed to for the majority of their Monday night game in Atlanta, but they could not close out the victory against the second-worst team in the NBA, losing to the Hawks 105-100.
1. Jeff Teague won this game for his old team. Teague didn't do this only through a poor shooting night, but also through poor decisions at the end of the game. On the night Teague was 1-12, 0-2 from three and 0-1 at the line. He somehow racked up 10 assists and four steals but his decisions at the end cost the Wolves the game. First, when down one, Teague made an inexplicably bad pass into the paint that was easily stolen by Malcolm Delaney. The Hawks weren't able to score so on the rebound the Wolves called their final timeout. After the timeout, Teague was the in-bounder for the inbound, and he was called for a five second violation as he tried to call a timeout that the Wolves didn't have. His poor performance on the season continues to hurt the Wolves.
2. As for the player Teague was meant to guard, his former back-up Dennis Schroder scored 18 points and had 11 assists, but did have seven turnovers in the game.
3. The Wolves once again floundered in the fourth as they let a three-point lead turn into a five-point deficit by being outscored 29-21. The Wolves took 18 shots in the quarter, and made seven, and were 2-6 from three, where the Hawks also took 18 shots, but made nine and were 3-7 from three.
1. On the whole the Wolves actually had a solid game. The Wolves shot 47 percent from the field, and every starter shot above 40 percent, other than Teague. Jimmy Butler led the way with 24 points, seven rebounds and three assists, plus a block and a steal. He did that on 7-15 shooting, meanwhile Andrew Wiggins shot 8-14, including 2-4 from three, as he scored 18 points with three rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block. Then Taj Gibson scored 17 on 8-12 shooting and Karl-Anthony Towns scored 15 on 6-8 shooting and 13 rebounds.
2. The bench also contributed as two players were in double figures--Gorgui Dieng contributed 11 on 5-7 shooting, and Jamal Crawford hit 10 on 3-7 shooting, but 2-4 from three.
3. Lastly the Wolves took advantage of a high number of turnovers as they stole the ball 15 times, and the Hawks had 21 turnovers leading to 18 points off of turnovers.
The Wolves continue their road swing as they face the Toronto Raptors Tuesday night at 6:30 in Toronto.