The bench was largely to blame for the Timberwolves’ loss Thursday in Memphis. That group shot woefully from the field and leaked points, likely costing the Timberwolves a chance to snag an impressive road win.
The plan Sunday was to change the narrative.
“Before the game, we were talking and we knew we had to make a change,” Jaylen Nowell said.
Mission accomplished. It was the second unit who inspired Minnesota’s second-half surge that resulted in a 119-99 win over Golden State at Target Center to snap its two-game losing streak. Minnesota was able to lean on its reserves, who were excellent over the final 24 minutes.
In fairness to the bench unit, it was without Nowell for essentially each of the last two games after he left Tuesday’s loss in New Orleans with an ankle injury. He returned to action Sunday in full force, finishing with 17 points on 6 for 9 shooting. The recovery and Sunday’s showing surprised even himself.
“I didn’t think it was going to be like this. I didn’t think it was going to feel this good this early, but credit to our treatment staff,” Nowell said. “They did a great job with making sure that I did the correct steps to get back on this early, too. It happened three or four days ago, so to have that type of injury, to be back this fast, credit to them.”
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