Minnesota Timberwolves: Derrick Williams Scores Career-High in Loss, Continues to Rise

By Ryan Heckman

Derrick Williams tied a career-high in a loss against the Chicago Bulls Sunday night, scoring 28 points, a feat he accomplished less than a month ago against the New Orleans Hornets. The forward for the Minnesota Timberwolves continues to have success as of late as he also added five rebounds, two steals and two blocks.

Against a depleted Bulls team, Williams looked to be more aggressive as the game went on. Early in the contest, he attacked sparingly while deferring more to his teammates. Williams only managed five points in the first half, including a wild 3-pointer at the end of the second quarter to go into the half.

As the second half began, he looked more and more to be the aggressor on offense with his team down by 13 points. He helped bring the Wolves back within five midway through the fourth quarter, but Chicago was just too strong to overcome in the end.

Williams ended the night shooting 11 for 18, knocking down three of his five attempts from downtown. He appeared to be the go-to guy in the second half for Minnesota, establishing his presence on offense right away in the third quarter.

Continuing to impress, although not having sold all his critics, Williams has done almost everything asked of him from coach Rick Adelman as of late. The only giant question mark is why he seems to get going later in games and not right from the start.

Even though he has had success recently, Williams may be putting on a show for other franchises around the league at the moment. It is still unclear if Minnesota intends to trade him this off-season or not. In any event, he is performing at a high level and creating interest from outside the Twin Cities.

Ryan Heckman is a Minnesota Timberwolves writer and NBA contributor for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google

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