Minnesota Timberwolves destroy Wizards without Karl-Anthony Towns
The Minnesota Timberwolves played their first of two games without Karl-Anthony Towns tonight. Towns is serving a two game suspension after a brawl with Joel Embiid in the Wolves' first loss of the season to the Philadelphia 76ers. The Wolves not only won, but they won big as they beat the Washington Wizards 131-109 scoring a season high in points.
The win improves the Timberwolves' overall record to 4-1 on the season.
The Timberwolves were led by Andrew Wiggins who scored 21 points and looked sound throughout the game. Robert Covington scored 20 and rookie Jarrett Culver also added 20 points off the bench.
It was a nice for Wolves fans to see Culver open up and get a little more comfort playing NBA basketball because he is going to have to be a big part of this team going forward for them to take the next step.
Gorgui Dieng started for the suspended Towns after not playing any significant minutes at all so far this season. He did not disappoint as he dropped 18 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 2 steals. Dieng has always been a team-first guy and once again proved his value to the Timberwolves. This also shows how deep the Timberwolves are compared to years past by getting this type of production from their bench.
Next up for the Wolves is a tougher task as they prepare to take on Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks. This is definitely a game that you would want your best player available, but that is not the hand the Wolves are dealt. The good thing is, if they play like they did against the Wizards the game will be competitive.
The Timberwolves are far exceeding expectations so far this season as they currently sit in first place in the Western Conference. Can they keep this up? Let me know you you think on Twitter.