There were a lot of things that went wrong for the Washington Wizards on Friday night.
John Wall was not one of them.
The former University of Kentucky star had an excellent all-around game, with 26 points, four rebounds, seven assists and just one turnover. However, it wasn’t enough against an efficient Timberwolves team.
Putting on an impressive team performance, the Wolves were able to score a mass amount of points effectively without turning the ball over. They had just five turnovers and were able to dish out 20 assists, nine of them at the hands of point guard Ricky Rubio. Rubio also had 11 points and nine rebounds. In addition, Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic were able to control the boards, combining for 21 rebounds.
If the Timberwolves (14-15) are able to play this type of game on a more consistent basis, they can take on even the best teams. With a superstar in Love and potential stars Rubio and Pekovic, there is enough talent on their roster to contend for a playoff spot. They currently trail Dallas (16-13) for the No. 8 seed in the West.
As for the Wizards (12-14), they have the fortune of playing in a much easier Eastern conference. Despite their losing record, they are in possession of the No. 6 seed in the East, and are still within reach of the No. 5 slot owned by the Charlotte Bobcats (14-16).