D'Angelo Russell's return puts the Timberwolves into orbit

Win to lift spirits in Minnesota. Russell returned after 26 games of absence and together with Ricky, Juancho or Towns gave the maximum.


Hours to get a smirk in Minnesota. The season is being one of the worst in recent years, which has not been exactly a party, and the well of the Western Conference is deep when you get into it. They have been badly given, in addition, but the squad was already short and playing everything to a number one like Anthony Edwards, no matter how good, is not everything. Coach change through, with Saunders leaving the position for Finch to arrive, the main thing so that things began to work better was to be everyone. During this campaign there have been coronavirus, a double injury for Towns, a ban on Beasley, problems for Ricky, Juancho or Layman and an absence of 26 games for Russell, among other things. The two references of the team and also friends, Towns and Russell, have played a whopping five games together in 2020/21, negligible and not enough to establish a certain level. With the return of the former Lakers, Nets and Warriors, everything looks better.

The Wolves haven't raced to get Russell back because they don't need him, already with the season very uphill, and it has been noticed. The player has returned eager and physically well, facing one of the fastest point guards in the NBA in De'Aaron Fox and without that being decisive for the result. Russell was a substitute and contributed 25 points, the most in his team, with a Ricky Rubio who started as a starter after the back problems of the last days.

A victory over another who suffers in the conference, yes, but a victory at the end of the day. They have only been thirteen in this campaign, each one that arrives seems like rain in the desert. Towns (23 + 13) and Edwards (19 + 8) were again the ones who pulled the car the most, but the rest also responded by closing the rebound and allowing few triples against. Minnesota held the pull in the hot moments and added one more. Special role that of Juancho Hernangómez, who continues with an irregular number of minutes but who was uncovered against Sacramento again: 17 points and 9 rebounds, with +17 on the court and 50% in shots after 26 minutes on the court.

Not everything is going to be joy, since before the game it was learned that Malik Beasley is going to be out for four to six weeks. It is another stone in the way. But mentally this victory over the Kings is a long time ago because they believe that, in similar conditions, they can fight with the mid-table teams. Even if it is, fight. This match was a constant exchange of blows and with a lot of equality: a draw at half-time, a draw at the beginning of the last quarter ... But with eight minutes remaining, between Reid, Hernangómez and a Russell who made two triples there in half a minute, the Wolves they connected a 12-0 run that left their rival broken. With a pull from Fox and a basket from Haliburton the Kings moved within four with two minutes to go, but they couldn't take it anymore and Towns and Russell put the bolt on the game.

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