Al Jefferson, the lynch pin of the 7-for-1 mega deal that sent Garnett to Boston this summer, had a KG-like performance in his first appearance in front of the hometown crowd.
He had 27 points and 17 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who were just happy to be home after spending the first month of the preseason as NBA vagabonds.
Stephen Litel/Hoopsworld with some notes on the game.
Mike Trudell/Timberwolves site posted a game blog.
In a relatively quiet arena that held more empty seats than fans, the Wolves -- minus injured point guards Randy Foye and Sebastian Telfair -- lost 106-95 to an Indiana Pacers team playing without many of its best players.
And so the feeling is that it's hard to draw any conclusions as the preseason draws near an end.
Forward Craig Smith suffered a scary fall in the second quarter when he jumped and almost landed on Indiana's Mike Dunleavy. Smith was able to return to the game. Wittman said Smith might have bruised his tailbone.
The dysfunction continued in the second half with Marko Jaric throwing a seemingly simple pass away when attempting to feed Jefferson in the post. Yes, Jaric has a history of bad play, but why didn’t anyone say anything to Davis after any of his seven turnovers--all of which were due to sloppy, lazy play? Jaric, who also has the history of compounding a problem, did so again by bickering with both Al Jefferson and Coach Wittman when they complained about the pass.