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Notes and Observations: Brooklyn Nets vs Minnesota Timberwolves 11/23/18
I don’t think NBA games should happen at noon on the day after Thanksgiving.
The Nets and the Timberwolves met on Friday, and it was clear from the start that is was going to be a sloppy game on both ends. Minnesota prevailed 112-102. Each team won two quarters, but Brooklyn lost the third quarter by 12, which was the big difference maker.
The player of the game for Brooklyn: Spencer Dinwiddie, who put up 18 points and eight assists. Joe Harris deserves mention too for an 18-point, six-rebound, four-assist performance.
Meanwhile, tough one for D’Angelo Russell, who finished with five points on 2-for-10 shooting. And for Jarrett Allen, who had just four rebounds and fouled out in the fourth quarter. I blame Thanksgiving. Thanks, Thanksgiving!
Karl-Anthony Towns scored 21 points despite foul trouble making him a non-factor in the first half. How did he wind up with 21? A 17-point third. I missed part of that quarter (well, kind of…I was listening to the game, just not actually looking at it while it happened) so I couldn’t see how KAT looked so good, but I sure could hear Ian Eagle talking about it.
Derrick Rose led Minnesota with 25 points. He took the second-most shots on the team. That isn’t a recipe for success most nights, but this game was not at night, so the rules of basketball don’t apply. (Or something like that, right?)
Below are my notes from the game if you want to read about things in a live blog style.
FIRST QUARTER NOTES
Both teams getting off to a very slow start here. #ThanksgivingIsUndefeated
Good, early timeout by Kenny Atkinson to be like “HEY GUYS THERE IS BASKETBALL HAPPENING RIGHT NOW”
Jarrett Allen did not get out on KAT, which is the real reason for the timeout.
Brooklyn defense as a whole feeling really sloppy.
Also, not sure when the last time I saw so many loose balls and lost dribbles in a game.