The defensive guru definitely will take the Minnesota Timberwolves’ 113-107 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, however an entire effort this was not.
The balanced scoring was there as all 5 starters reached double figures, led by Karl-Anthony Cities’ 21. The clutch photographs that didn’t fall in a defeat at Memphis on Monday have been current at Staples Middle.
However in a recreation the Timberwolves as soon as led by as many as 19, navigating a late-recreation nail-biter didn’t provide the strict Thibodeau with a lot cheer.
“(The Clippers) did not go away,” Tibodeau stated, praising his opponent earlier than getting essential of his personal squad. “They stored coming and due to the best way they will rating, you’re all the time involved. However general, simply discovering a method to win was in all probability an important factor.”
If that did not sound all that important, contemplate that the query was concerning the Timberwolves’ protection.
The Clippers, enjoying with out injured ahead Blake Griffin for the fourth consecutive recreation, appear to be discovering a approach to ship offense with out their All-Star. Lou Williams and Austin Rivers every scored 23 factors, with Williams’ effort coming off the bench.
DeAndre Jordan added 18 factors with 21 rebounds for Los Angeles, which has misplaced all 4 video games since Griffin was misplaced for about two months with a sprained left knee.
“I appreciated our second half effort,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers stated. “I did not assume we got here out with a number of defensive power, however I assumed within the second half we have been higher.”
It actually was protection that obtained the job completed for the Timberwolves, it was apparently not executed at a constant degree to maintain Thibodeau joyful. The Clippers had an opportunity to chop the deficit to 3 with three:27 remaining, however Cities blocked a shot inside by Clippers huge man DeAndre Jordan. The Clippers by no means threatened once more.
Cities, who added 12 rebounds, had a special tackle Minnesota’s defensive effort.
“It was a superb recreation and we performed nice defensively and that is what I take out of this recreation,” Cities stated. “We did a very good job defensively of sticking to our gameplan and making them take onerous, contested photographs.”
It was the Timberwolves’ second victory over Los Angeles in a span of 4 days, having defeated their Western Convention foe Sunday at Minneapolis.
Minnesota’s Jimmy Butler, who scored a season-excessive 33 factors towards the Clippers on Sunday, added 19 extra in Wednesday’s rematch. Jeff Teague additionally scored 19, whereas Andrew Wiggins and Taj Gibson scoring sixteen apiece, with Gibson accumulating 14 of…