Author: Associated Press
Ricky Rubio: Andrew Wiggins so good that 'he gets a little lazy' Andrew Wiggins is about as gifted as they come. Just about everything the reigning Rookie of the Year does on the basketball court comes naturally to him. It's beautiful to watch someone so young who can pull off so many different moves.
We laymen apparently aren't the only ones who appreciate Wiggins' talent. Throw Ricky Rubio in there, as well.
Wiggins is still learning how to move without the ball and how to get open. That's a trait that usually takes a little while before young players grow fully comfortable adapting it. Rubio isn't criticizing here, as much as he's observing.
Once he can get Wiggins positioning himself perfectly on the court, maybe the Wolves' offense can start to spur forward, considering the talents of Wiggins, Rubio and Karl-Anthony Towns among others.
Wolves Press Clippings
Outlet: Fox Sports
Author: Associated Press
Sam Mitchell beat Andrew Wiggins in a shooting contest Shooting tends to be the last basketball trait to go away once a player's skills start to erode. Apparently, it can even stick with you into retirement.
I'm guessing Timberwolves star Andrew Wiggins and Timberwolves coach Sam Mitchell would agree on that one, considering the two recently veered off to have a shooting contest. Apparently, it didn't go well for Wiggins.
From Kent Youngblood of the Star Tribune:
After meeting with the media, Mitchell walked back onto the court and challenged Andrew Wiggins to a shooting contest. And, much to his glee, Mitchell won. He made sure to give Wiggins a good-natured hard time as the second-year player walked off the court.
Wiggins is still learning as a shooter. He made just 31 percent of his threes last year and saw his percentage fall off as the season continued. He is yet to sink an attempt from long range this year, though he's thrown up six shots from beyond the arc.
Mitchell, though, was never much of a three-point shooter. He made just 22 percent of his triples during his 13-year NBA career. Meanwhile, he never even attempted more than 43 in a single season.
Author: Peter Rutherford
Wade leads Heat past Timberwolves When the half-court shots were falling, it became clear it was Dwyane Wade's night.
It is the fifth time in five games so far this season that Wade has scored at least 20 points. Thursday's 25-point effort matched a season high. The 33-year-old also notched 25 points against Cleveland on Oct. 30.
"What you see is the commitment of a player who has had to adapt with age," Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said of Wade. "Hopefully he's like a fine wine."
The Heat (3-2) held the Timberwolves to 35.3 percent shooting for the game. Miami shot 48.7 from the floor and 18-for-25 from the free-throw line.
Perhaps just as important for Miami was their ability to limit Minnesota's free-throw opportunities. The Timberwolves averaged 39 free-throw attempts in their first three games but took just 22 shots from the line in Thursday's loss.
"They've got some guys who attack the basket," Wade said.
"We tried our best to keep our hands out of the cookie jar as much as possible. We made a few mistakes, but for the most part I thought we did a good job."
Chris Bosh scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Heat, while third-year center Hassan Whiteside chipped in with 12 points, nine rebounds and four blocks. Whiteside entered the game averaging 3.5 blocks per game, third best in the league.
Wade, who dealt with migraines just two days earlier in Miami's loss to the Atlanta Hawks, singlehandedly went on a 7-0 run to close out the first half. He capped that with a spinning half-court shot at the buzzer to give the Heat a 49-39 lead at intermission.
"That was nice," Bosh said. "That helps, too. When you're going, you're going. It was good for us, really just to go up by 10."
Wade had a team-high 16 points at the half on 7-of-12 shooting.
Earlier in the game, Wade also keyed a 10-0 Miami run after Minnesota had jumped out to a lead. He finished 11-for-19 from the floor to go along with five rebounds, two assists and three steals.
Kevin Martin and Shabazz Muhammad provided an offensive spark off the bench for the Timberwolves. Both players scored 14 points, while Andrew Wiggins paced Minnesota's starters with 12 points in a team-high 31 minutes.
"Just the mark of a young team, not understanding that you've still got to run your offense," Minnesota interim head coach Sam Mitchell said.
"You've still got to make multiple passes. You've got to give the defense a chance to make a mistake."
Timberwolves rookie Karl-Anthony Towns, who scored in double figures in each of his first three NBA games, had a hard time offensively against Whiteside. Towns was just 3-of-13 shooting and finished with a season-low six points.
"Tonight they didn't fall," Towns said. "I always have a motto: if it's going in and out one night, it's the next opponent that should be worried."
The Timberwolves (2-2) lost a second consecutive home game after opening the season with a pair of road wins. Minnesota plays at Chicago on Saturday. Miami plays the second game of a back-to-back Friday at Indiana.
Wolves Press Clippings
Outlet: Star Tribune
Whiteside a challenge for Towns Wolves coach Sam Mitchell said Tuesday that, when it comes to rookie center Karl-Anthony Towns, every game is still a learning experience. “Every game he’s seeing something he hasn’t seen before,’’ Mitchell said.
Well, Towns’ education continues tonight when he’ll be matched up with Miami’s up-and-coming center Hassan Whiteside in what could be his biggest challenge of the season so far. After having shown sparks of what he was capable of in the past Whiteside, in his fourth season, has played very impressively. Through four games he is shooting 76 percent from the field, the best four-game start to a season in the NBA since 1986. He is averaging 15.8 points, 11 rebounds and is third in the league with 3.5 blocks per game.
“He’s a great shot-blocker,” Towns said after the morning shootaround Thursday. “I’m just going to out there and compete. Just continue to do what I do.’’
So far that’s been pretty good, averaging 17.7 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in his first three games. That said, Whiteside will be a challenge. Especially with the way Whiteside and Miami guard Dwyane Wade play the pick-and-roll; Wade has even compared Whiteside’s ability in that part of the game to playing with Shaquille O’Neal. The two combined for 45 points in a victory against Houston in which the Heat rallied from 21 points down.
“We’ve got a great game plan set up for this,” Towns said. “if we execute it we should be fine.’’
Here are some other nuggets from this morning:
--Kevin Martin is back after missing two days of practice because of a loss in the family. He will play tonight, but said he might have to take another short absence in the near future.
--The other part of the Whiteside-Wade pick and roll challenge is guarding Wade, something that will fall to Andrew Wiggins. “He’s still playing great, still in attack mode,” Wiggins said. ‘There really isn’t anything he can’t do. I just have to try to play the best defense I can and try to contain him.’’