Catch-22

From 11/24/2014: Kings 113, Timberwolves 101

Speaking of energy, Andrew Wiggins played the first 19 minutes of the game on his way to a game-high 41, scoring 29 points, pulling down 5 rebounds, dishing out 2 assists and notching 4 steals in the process. With 5:37 to go, he knocked down a three off a sweet two-man play with fellow Canadian Anthony Bennett to cut the Kings’ lead to 5, which was the closest the Wolves could make it.

Wiggins was 9-of-22 from the field overall, which doesn’t look great on paper, but he made it to the line 10 times and showed a variety of moves: he posted up, hit fall-away jumpers, knocked down a pair of threes and attacked the basket with vigor. Defensively, he did a nice job limiting Rudy Gay, who scored 14 points on 5-of-12 shooting, and showed off his knack for poking the ball away and using his great length to disrupt passing lanes.

Postgame, Flip Saunders indicated that Wiggins’ night was reflective of how the team felt about their young star, and posited that perhaps Wiggins’ performance was inspired by the confidence his teammates are showing in him. It’s easy to say because this was his highest-scoring game to date, but I’m not sure I’ve seen Wiggins more comfortable, assertive and in control on the offensive end of the floor. If this was a glimpse of what’s to come… well, the sky’s the limit.

Read the full thing over at A Wolf Among Wolves.

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