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ex·plo·sion [ik-sploh-zhuhn] noun
1. an act or instance of exploding; a violent expansion or bursting with noise, as of gunpowder or a boiler (opposed to implosion)
2. Klay Thompson’s fourth quarter barrage against the Minnesota Timberwolves on November 6.
The Timberwolves will lose some games they should win this season, and they will win some games they should lose. Sometimes, it will be the result of a better team playing down to their level. Sometimes, it will be the result of Minnesota playing on the second night of a back-to-back.
Other times, the Wolves will lose games that, frankly, they were always going to lose because the other team was better and Klay Thompson went nuclear and detonated all over everything in the fourth quarter.
Tonight was that night. The Timberwolves hung with the Warriors through the third, trailing by five just before the end of the quarter. But a 3-pointer by Maureese Speights (I’m not kidding…it wasn’t meant to happen tonight) gave the Warriors an eight-point lead, and a driving layup by Harrison Barnes to start the fourth pushed that lead to 10. Klay Thompson took over from there, scoring 19 of his 30 points overall in the fourth quarter to lead Golden State to a 13-point win.
Let’s do some bullet points:
- Kevin Love played well, scoring 25 points and grabbing 16 rebounds, but he needed 25 shots to get his points. On the other hand, Love’s jump shot looked wet like Lake Erie, especially in the first half.
- Kevin Martin also had a solid first half, dropping 16 of his 23 overall points. Martin finished 2-for-3 from 3-point range.
- Steph Curry left in the third quarter with what appeared to be an ankle injury after Rubio fell on him. It was a remarkably similar play to the one that injured Rubio against the Lakers a couple of years ago. Fortunately, from the sound of things, the actual injury wasn’t as bad as it could have been.
- Is it possible to have 22 quiet points and 15 quiet rebounds? If it is, I’m pretty sure David Lee achieved it. The weight he lost in the offseason seems to be adding some versatility to his movements.
- Curry finished the game 0-for-3 from 3-point range. The last time Curry didn’t make a 3-pointer in a game was March 15 when he went 0-for-5 against the Bulls. I’d call it a pretty safe bet that had Curry stayed in the game he wouldn’t have finished with zero treys.
- Shabazz Muhammad scored his first NBA basket with about 20 seconds remaining on a drive to the hoop. Down by 13 with less than 20 seconds remaining, I was amused at how offended ‘Bazz seemed that he didn’t get an and-one call. He did, however, get a nice ovation from the few fans still in their seats.
- Rubio struggled badly from the field, shooting 2-for-8 and scoring seven points, and his passes seemed a little bit off all night. Even so, he created some nice looks for his teammates which resulted in seven assists and some passes which led to fouls. He also should have had considerably more than seven; Corey Brewer missed at least four layups right next to the rim.
- Gorgui Dieng is not good at basketball yet, but he makes a difference around the basket. For all of Pek’s many benefits, he remains a mediocre rim protector. Dieng blocked two shots in six minutes (on pace for 16 blocks per 36 minutes!!) and may have altered a few more. He might be a nice asset as the year goes on.
- Speaking of Pek, Minnesota’s main big man finished 4-for-11 with nearly all of his shots coming around the basket. That means A) Pek is operating in his comfort zone and B) Pek isn’t making shots in his comfort zone. Not what you like to see early.
That will have to do it for tonight. On Friday, Minnesota will play host to the Dallas Mavericks. Monta Ellis may have it all, but it doesn’t seem likely he’ll have it as thoroughly as Klay Thompson.
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