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Instant Recap: Blazers Roll Over Toothless Wolves, 111-81

The Timberwolves barely showed up, and the Blazers shoo’d them right back out of the building.

NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves at Portland Trail Blazers Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

Piece of cake. According to reports, the understaffed Timberwolves apparently traveled to Portland Sunday night, but they fairly invisible all game against the Blazers. The only question? The status of Nik Stauskas, who headed to the locker room in the third.

Let’s skip the formalities and just cover the somewhat-essential details.

  • These Wolves had neither bark nor bite. With Jimmy Butler sitting out for “rest”, and both point guards sidelined, the Wolves tried to keep it close for a quarter or so, then rolled over for belly rubs.
  • Still misfiring from downtown. Another night where Portland can’t hit much from three. But it didn’t matter, as they worked the ball inside, to Minnesota’s collective indifference.
  • Welcome to the NBA, Gary Trent Jr.: Gary’s first minutes came in the fourth quarter during what can only be referred to as “extended garbage time” with the Blazers leading by more than 30. It only took him a couple minutes to score his first bucket.
  • Nice bounce-back night for Meyers Leonard. A day after a rough short stint against the Lakers, Leonard finished with a double-double, a technical foul for taunting, and a huge fan ovation.
  • An awesome block by Zach Collins that technically didn’t happen. No, it won’t be listed on the box score, but you’ve gotta see it anyway.

What’s Next

A Tuesday night game against possible East contender the Milwaukee Bucks.

Box Score