I thought Serge was player of the game. Great two way play. Hit his shots and did a really solid job of giving KAT no space to operate. And he looked for the pass, even forced on to JV that wasn't there, which is a great error of commission from a guy with a rep for not passing. Jonas did a job again as well.
Nice play in clutch time. They executed. On both ends.
Could have been the blowout moremilk wanted if Minny didn't hit a crazy amount of tough shots. They hardly got any looks from deep. Everything was a long two. Dieng looked like peak Bosh in the first half. It was not exactly an exhibition of scoring off slack defense or a lack of hustle. Quite the opposite. It was more like taking the only thing they could get. It was like classic Spurs defense. Let them take the bad shots with the lesser players. Make everything else extremely hard. Great preparation and execution of the gameplan. A really satisfying win in my eyes, particularly with DeMar not looking particularly stellar. He looked tired. Not sure if that would be from travel back to LA or just dealing with news of his dad from here, or maybe just the energy he applied to defense, which was really nic3. In any case, he got the assists, and made the good impact defensively, and the team got it done without him getting the shots to fall. That seems really positive to me.
I went from wondering if a crisis in confidence with the offense was going to be something that could drag them down for a while, to being really happy that they were simply able to stick to the plan and gain enough advantages over the full 48 minutes, like they are going to be required to do in playoff games.
It's not the blowout I wanted, it's the fire. This month, too many games we've been out-hustled and it's annoying. And somewhat worrying, given the experience of the past few seasons. To be outrebounding even by this tired wolves team is just bad.