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Minnesota Timberwolves vs New Orleans Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS — The Four-Three Minnesota Timberwolves displayed calm beneath fireplace not too long ago, profitable their previous two video games over the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder and Miami Warmth by three factors every.
The three-Four New Orleans Pelicans would slightly neglect a few 115-99 house drubbing by the hands of the Orlando Magic on Monday by which they confirmed little effort and no firepower, scoring simply 35 factors within the second half.
When the groups meet Wednesday night time on the Smoothie King Heart, the Timberwolves will probably be trying to avenge a three-game regular-season sweep by the Pelicans final yr.
With Jimmy Butler and Jeff Teague including firepower and expertise, Minnesota actually is exhibiting indicators of professionalism down the stretch, going Four-Zero in one-possession video games this season. The Timberwolves have been 7-13 final yr in one-possession video games.
Teague, specifically, was spectacular within the 125-122 extra time victory at Miami, operating the present with 11 assists and scoring 23 factors to go together with six steals. He additionally made Three of 5 from Three-point vary. Teague is averaging 19.Three factors, 9.Zero assists, Three.7 rebounds and a couple of.7 steals, and he's lighting it up from deep, capturing 54 p.c.
“He was terrific,” Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau stated. “I assumed he had us organized. He and (Andrew Wiggins) have developed nice chemistry.”
Teague received off to a sluggish begin within the season’s first two video games, however in Minnesota’s previous two wins, he averaged 20 factors, 10.5 assists and Four.5 rebounds and made 5 of 10 from behind the arc.
“When Jeff is enjoying like that, we’re at all times going to be at one other degree,” heart Karl-Anthony Cities stated.
On Tuesday, Pelicans heart DeMarcus Cousins took the autumn for New Orleans’ flat efficiency in opposition to the Magic. Cousins got here into the sport averaging 36.Three factors, 16.Zero rebounds and 6.Three assists a sport, and he was named the Western Convention Participant of the Week on the energy of his efforts in serving to the Pelicans win two of three video games.
Nonetheless, Cousins was held to 12 factors on 5-of-14 capturing in opposition to Orlando. Ten of these factors got here throughout a 40-point second quarter, however Cousins was barely heard from the remainder of the sport.
The Pelicans have been outscored 55-35 within the second half by Orlando.
“It’s like a type of nights,” he stated Tuesday at observe. “Defensively, we simply weren’t there mentally. Let’s simply say (our) actions seemed like a defeated group. I form of take the blame for that. My power was off emotionally, and that power the group was used to having, I wasn’t there. We talked about it. We’re conscious of our errors, and we’ll have a greater exhibiting subsequent sport.”
New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry was understandably upset by his group’s lack of effort in opposition to Orlando.
“We sucked,” he stated. “I want there was one other technique to put it. We didn’t shut out shooters, they drove the ball any time they wished to. It was lack of effort. We've to ascertain consistency. We’re not going to be a very good group till each night time we all know what we’re going to get.”
That is the primary of 4 video games between the 2 groups. As New Orleans went Three-Zero in opposition to Minnesota final yr, Anthony Davis averaged 38.Three factors on 66.7 p.c capturing with 11.Three rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.Zero steals. Jrue Vacation averaged 17.7 factors on 52.6 p.c capturing with 9.Zero assists. In three video games in opposition to the Timberwolves final season — two whereas enjoying with Sacramento — Cousins averaged 25.Three factors and eight.Three rebounds.
Cities led Minnesota within the three matchups, scoring 26.Zero factors and grabbing eight.Three rebounds per sport, and Wiggins averaged 22.Three factors.
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