The Minnesota Timberwolves have been extra aggressive in Sport 1 of their first spherical collection towards the Houston Rockets than many anticipated, holding a lead as late because the mid-fourth quarter in a 104-101 loss on the street.
Whereas the Wolves performed properly and saved issues tight with the Rockets, there have been some that felt they have been being given much more alternatives by Houston than they have been making the most of on the offensive finish. Charles Barkley was notably annoyed by Minnesota’s play within the first half, and let the world find out about it in a traditional Barkley rant through the halftime present.
Barkley torched the Wolves for not attacking mismatches in the appropriate method when Houston switched pick-and-rolls and put a guard on Karl-Anthony Cities, which he felt might have given them a definite benefit, calling them “one of many dumbest groups I’ve ever seen” for not recognizing these alternatives.
Chris Webber additionally harped on Karl-Anthony Cities flaring out to the nook after a change quite than attempting to take the guard down onto the block on the sport broadcast, so it wasn’t simply one thing that ticked Barkley off. Whereas former gamers, particularly massive males, are inclined to yell about fashionable bigs not going to work within the submit sufficient, Barkley and Webber’s frustration on this occasion is fairly properly justified.
Karl-Anthony Cities is a wildly gifted offensive participant and to not use him in any respect in these conditions is akin to basketball malpractice. Cities in some way had solely 9 shot makes an attempt within the sport which was tied for the fifth most on the Wolves, and that merely can’t occur. Whether or not it’s Cities not being aggressive or assertive sufficient or the sport plan not together with him sufficient (or, most definitely a little bit of a mix of each), that must be remedied transferring ahead and perhaps a part of that’s attacking switches in another way.
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