Chewed up and spit out

It is a measure of how things were going tonight at the Target Center that Rick Adelman apparently decided that the Timberwolves didn’t have to guard against the Thunder’s perimeter shots. And Adelman, as he so often is, was correct: you could leave OKC wide open, and they’d still miss. It was pretty much all over after the third quarter, with the Wolves leading 88-60; the ceremonial emptying of the benches midway through the fourth, as you might expect, made no substantive difference. Minnesota 100, Oklahoma City 81, and if this is a preview of the battle for the Northwest, we got trouble.

It’s usually not a good sign when your most accurate shooter is Kendrick Perkins: Perk put up only three shots, but he got them all. For comparison: Kevin Durant was 4-11; Serge Ibaka was 3-13; Thabo Sefolosha was 1-8. Jeremy Lamb, who ran the offense in the last half of the fourth, had a team-high 16 points on 7-15 shooting; Lamb made two treys out of five tries, which doesn’t sound bad, but the rest of the team was 5-26 from outside. Telltale statistic: two fast-break points.

On the other side of the court, three Wolves contributed double-doubles: Kevin Love (24 points, 12 rebounds), Nikola Peković (15 points, 10 rebounds), and Ricky Rubio (14 points, 10 assists). Except for a few seconds early in the first quarter, Minnesota led throughout, and generally played as though they expected to.

First home game for the Thunder will be Sunday against the Suns. Right now, I’m not inclined to predict anything other than darkness for a 6 pm tipoff. (It’s the end of DST, doncha know.)

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