Anthony Edwards spoke for numerous fanatics — and numerous his teammates — when it got here to seeing Rudy Gobert and Karl-Anthony Towns play together for the first time sooner than Friday’s 112-102 Timberwolves preseason loss to the Nets at Target Center.
“Just like anybody else, we haven’t seen it, the players ourselves,” Edwards mentioned. “I think it’s pretty exciting.”
But the dual towers’ debut wasn’t precisely exhilarating from the beginning and underscored that the Wolves will be a piece in growth as they get used to taking part in with each and every different and their teammates modify to taking part in with them.
“It really felt it would be clunky like that,” trainer Chris Finch mentioned. “I told the guys the best thing about that game is that we got a lot on film. We can look at it, and go to work with a purpose.”
The Wolves did not rating for the first 3 mins, 15 seconds of the sport as everyone attempted to get at the identical web page. Gobert completed with 16 issues and 8 rebounds
“I thought it was good at times, bad at times, but that’s the fun of it,” Gobert mentioned.
Towns had 15 issues, 8 rebounds.
Kevin Durant had 20 issues for Brooklyn whilst Kyrie Irving had 26.
The Wolves had been making an attempt to paintings issues out all evening, and Towns and Gobert had been in common dialog with each and every different all the way through the sport. Finch mentioned the Wolves had been too reliant on pick out and roll on offense as an alternative of the free-flowing offense the staff needs to run. He mentioned the staff was once “disjointed” defensively.
For as uneven because the Wolves seemed, there have been moments of possible, akin to in the 3rd quarter when a using Towns discovered Gobert for a bucket and a bad. Towns mentioned he is attempting to get Gobert the ball extra frequently than Utah did.
“I love that,” Gobert mentioned. “That was the first thing he told me after the trade, ‘I know what you can do and I’m going to use you and look for you.’ He’s done that.”
They could have some follow days sooner than the season opens Wednesday at house towards Oklahoma City.
One explanation why Friday was once some of the first instances Gobert and Towns took the ground together was once on account of Towns’ non-COVID sickness that saved him out of the first week of camp and restricted his availability since then.
Towns mentioned Friday’s shootaround was once best the second one time they practiced together. Towns was once nonetheless making an attempt to paintings his long ago and regain the roughly 30 kilos he mentioned he misplaced whilst out. Towns typically weighs round 260 kilos however was once nonetheless round 232 sooner than Friday’s recreation.
Towns mentioned he was once as soon as this mild when he was once taking part in for trainer Tom Thibodeau, and it did not make his frame really feel just right.
“I just didn’t like it,” Towns mentioned. “I didn’t like how light I was. I was younger, too. I want to put that in perspective. The hits had more impact against me. Just having some armor always has helped me a lot.”
But Towns did say he feels higher at his weight now than he did then, thank you in section to enjoy. …
“It’s a fine line,” he mentioned. “It’s something I got to figure out. I don’t have much time.”
Neither do the Wolves sooner than their first recreation that counts in this new technology. Friday was once a long-awaited first step.
“It’s a foreign feeling, running into each other,” guard D’Angelo Russell mentioned. “It just looks how it’s supposed to look honestly. We’ll look back on this very first time we played and we’ll laugh at it.”
- The Wolves signed Luka Garza to a two-way contract, a supply showed. Garza had a robust preseason for the Wolves with 7.3 issues on 61% capturing in 8 mins in step with recreation coming into Friday.