NBA DAILY DRIBBLE: The Minnesota Timberwolves humble LeBron James and the Cavaliers


NBA results, January 9, 2018

Indiana Pacers 109 – Milwaukee Bucks 96

Toronto Raptors 114 – Brooklyn Nets 113

Houston Rockets 116 – Chicago Bulls 107

Minnesota Timberwolves 127 – Cleveland Cavaliers 99

New Orleans Pelicans 112 – Detroit Pistons 109

San Antonio Spurs 107 – Sacramento Kings 100

Golden State Warriors 124 – Denver Nuggets 114

LA Clippers 108 – Atlanta Hawks 107

Three things that happened in the NBA today

1. The Timberwolves put on the clamps on LeBron James

Before the Cleveland Cavaliers faced the Minnesota Timberwolves, the media asked LeBron James about the “young” team he was up against. He named all the veterans of the Timberwolves saying that they weren’t a young team anymore. He also named all the young guns of Minnesota, including a guy named “Tyler”.

James was referring to Tyus Jones, the current starting point guard of the Timberwolves. James and Jones crossed paths twice during the game.

Their first encounter was during a fast break in the second quarter when James denied the hell out of Jones. The young gun got the King back a few minutes after when he took the ball straight to the hole and jammed over James.

James was right. The Timberwolves aren’t young anymore. Minnesota put the clamps on James, limiting him to just eight shots in 26 minutes of action. The Timberwolves blew the game wide open early and gave the Cavs no chance to get back in the game.

Ironically, it was one of the young guys of Minnesota that led them to the win. Andrew Wiggins, shipped to Minny back in 2014 by the Cavs scored 25 points in three quarters to lead his team to the win.

2. Chef Curry continues to cook

Check out Curry’s past five games since getting back from injury.

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That man is cooking. He’s averaging 35.2 points per game with 6.6 three-pointers on 58% shooting since his 11-game absence. That’s a ridiculous stretch. It’s also no surprise that the Warriors have won all their games since Curry got back.

Curry’s last game against the Denver Nuggets was an all-around performance with a lot of scoring, playmaking and steals.

His performance was enough to offset Nikola Jokic’s triple-double.

3. DeMar DeRozan saves the Raptors

Kyle Lowry was blazing hot in the fourth quarter against the Brooklyn Nets. He was scoring at will and leading the Raptors to an apparent win. But the Nets caught fire in the end game and started hitting their outside shot.

The Nets matched the Raptors shot for shot in OT. With a little over a minute left in the game, Lowry went down with a back injury and had to be carried off the floor.

With the game on the line, DeMar DeRozan stepped up to save his team. He scored the game-winning, and-one floater for the Raptors in the dying seconds of the game.

Did an NBA superstar get ejected today?

The Minnesota Timberwolves frustrated the Cleveland Cavaliers and in the third quarter, that frustration bubbled to the top. In the third quarter, with the Timberwolves up by 30, Isaiah Thomas hit Andrew Wiggins with a karate chop as Wiggins drove to the hoop.

That foul was assessed a Flagrant 2 and Thomas as sent out of the game.

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