Let’s just rip the Band-Aid off quickly: the dream of the Minnesota Timberwolves winning an NBA title* is dead.
(*It’s only Summer League, but technically it still would’ve been a league title.)
In what can only be described as an upset of microscopic proportions, the 11th seeded SummerWolves fell to the 22nd seeded Golden State SummerWarriors in the play-in round of the 2017 Las Vegas Summer League playoffs, ending the Wolves’ chances of appearing in their second straight finals. The SummerWolves were coming off a “thrilling” victory against the SummerWarriors the night prior, in which the team won in Sudden Death(!). The SummerWolves were without Summer League star Mat Costello who was sidelined with an illness.
C.J. Williams led the SummerWolves in scoring, hanging 19 points on 7/15 shooting overall and 2/6 from deep. Perry Ellis contributed 12 points as well as eight rebounds and Jack Gibbs also added 12 points on…13 shots.
It was that kind of game for the SummerWolves, whose shooting was more arid than the surrounding Mojave Desert; the team was 27/76 overall, 5/23 from three, and 10/16 from the free throw line.
Patrick McCaw, who is probably too good to be playing in Summer League, lead the way for the SummerWarriors, posting a line of 26 points, four rebounds, and five assists. Bryce Alford and Elgin Cook were the only other Golden State affiliated players to post double-digit points with 13 and 12, respectively. Jordan Bell, who the Warriors essentially bought from the Chicago Bulls on draft night (wyd, Bulls?) had six points, 16(!) rebounds, and three blocks.
Although the SummerWolves can no longer bring a championship back to Minnesota (sigh), they aren’t quite done. The SummerWolves wrap up Summer League action this coming Friday with a matinee contest against the SummerWizards.
#Twolves fall 77-69 in Vegas. Their Summer League finale is Friday at 3:30 CT vs. Washington.
— Timberwolves PR (@Twolves_PR) July 13, 2017