San Antonio Spurs vs Minnesota Timberwolves: Game Grades
By Michael Rehome
The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 108-83 to win their seventh in a row. Spurs are clicking on all cylinders as they displayed tremendous passing, defense and Spurs basketball.
The battle in the paint was no match for the Spurs. The Timberwolves were mismatched all-game long and had no answer for the Spurs bigs. Spurs were plus-30 in the paint (54-24) in the game.
Kawhi Leonard was being Kawhi Leonard. Leonard paced the Spurs with 19 points and six rebounds. What could possibly be a good showing was Danny Green getting out of his shooting slump, well for one game at least.
Green scored 11 points and was 4-of-5 from the 3-point range–he also had seven rebounds.
The Spurs have only been too happy to lay in the shadows while they work to get LaMarcus Aldridge and David West incorporated into a system that has been the NBA’s gold standard over the last two decades.
Dec 23, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) drives to the basket against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the fourth quarter at Target Center. The Spurs win 108-83. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
All of the attention has been fixed on the Golden State Warriors and their 24-game winning streak to start the year. The Spurs have been playing ‘Under the Radar’, and they are ok with that.
They’ve picked up steam over the last two weeks, eviscerating opponents on both ends of the court to assert themselves as legitimate challengers to the defending champion Warriors in the West.
Leonard has proven himself to be in talks of the leagues MVP. He shut-down the Timberwolves young-star Andrew Wiggins as he was held to just 2-of-11 from the field and 10 points for the game.
From tip-off the Spurs never trailed in the game. This marked another victory with a margin of 20-plus for the Spurs.