By: Dan Slaubaugh
Welcome to OTP's first edition of "House of Highlights", where we break down and have some fun with gif's/videos from the previous night of Wolves basketball.
We began with last night's 101-94 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. Minnesota obliterated Memphis the majority of night, leading 90-50 with 2:40 to go in the third quarter.
Ricky and KAT were awesome. LaVine shot flames.
Let us begin.
"Mr. Do It All" Karl-Anthony Towns is operating around the high post, an oddity/blessing that NBA coaches dream about in their sleep, when he decides to kick it to Brandon Rush on the perimeter. Rush then makes a quick move inside the perimeter and hoists up a floater when JaMychal Green decides to not box out Towns, who makes him pay for it by rushing past him on his way to a put-back lay up off Rush's miss.
This is just further evidence of how freaking good Towns is, who pump fakes to get Gasol to bite and consequently blows past him using his supreme athleticism to finish at the rim.
The incredible hands of Ricky Rubio strip the ball away from a cutting DJ Stephen's. The Spaniard then smartly dribbles away from the center of the court to give KAT some more running space and a better opportunity to connect for a layup or dunk. Rubio executes his plan perfectly with a nifty bounce pass leading to a KAT SLAM which brought the Target Center faithful out of their seats.
Here, Ricky just surveys the floor as he brings the ball up and sees a mismatch Towns has with Mike Conley at the basket. He probably had two options here with LaVine in the corner ready for a catch-and-shoot three pointer. But Towns was a surefire basket.
Simple play. Two points. Wolves lead by 19.
The Wolves run a double-screen here for Zach LaVine, who curls around a brick KAT receiving a pinpoint pass from Rubio that leads to a silky-sweet jumpshot from outside the arc.
That is beautiful form by Zach LaVine.
This P&R is one of the most efficient plays in the game. It always has been. And LaVine perfectly executes it with a simple bounce pass to a rolling KAT who finishes with the up-and-under against Gasol.
The Wolves are built to run and there's not many better in the league that can feed them ball like Rubio can.
Just a phenomonal touchdown pass from the Unicorn here ignited by a great run-out from LaVine.
LaVine continued to shoot flames going 8/16 from the field leading to an efficient 18 points. Some nice action here between him and Gorgui.
In what world do we live in where the Wolves 2nd unit ball movement is this good?
I leave you with a masterful air pass by Towns that finds Brandon Rush in the corner for an open trey which he nails.
'Twas a fun night at Target Center seeing the Wolves obliterate their opponent. Here's to hopes for many more.
Thanks for reading. Have a wonderful Thursday.