Timberwolves vs. Clippers: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

Timberwolves vs. Clippers: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

The Minnesota Timberwolves (16-20) play against the Los Angeles Clippers (18-18) at STAPLES Center

Game Time: 10:30 PM EST on Monday January 3, 2022

Minnesota Timberwolves 62, Los Angeles Clippers 44 (Q2 01:09)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Naz Reid + Anthony Edwards + Jaden McDaniels combining for ridiculous shooting numbers in the first half.
Reid: 4 of 4 from 2, 1 of 1 from 3
Edwards: 3 of 4 from 2, 2 of 2 from 3
McDaniels: 2 of 4 from 2, 3 of 3 from 3
22, 20 and 21 years old
Wolves beating Clippers by 18 – 11:27 PM
Minnesota Timberwolves @Timberwolves
11 points in the second quarter for Big Mac 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/iLClGGuY7d11:26 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Clippers are playing like they’re the ones on the second night of a back-to-back.
(I was def on the flight from JFK 24 hours ago, so I can relate!)
Anyways, Timberwolves are shooting 59.1% from the field and have added 7 3s to go with a 36-18 advantage in paint to lead 60-42. – 11:24 PM
Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
Dwight Powell has played some of the best ball of his career of late. He (and Kleber) made Jokic work for his numbers tonight. Powell’s last 8. In 24 min/gm 11.6 pts-5.2 rebs, 63.6 FG, 5-8 3pt, now shooting 42.9 (12-28) from 3 this season. – 11:21 PM
Christopher Hine @ChristopherHine
Jaden McDaniels can’t miss. – 11:20 PM
Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
Serge Ibaka: 3 for 3 = 7 points. – 11:20 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Clippers have 12 baskets, 13 turnovers, and a 17-point deficit – 11:19 PM
Minnesota Timberwolves @Timberwolves
Jaylen Nowell.
The gift that keeps on giving. pic.twitter.com/y1IOY9QyVY11:18 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Justise Winslow finished a fast break that he started with a steal, but Clippers on wrong side of a 7-0 Timberwolves run and now in a 43-30 hole with 6:39 left in first half.
Eric Bledsoe having an unfortunate half passing the ball. Already has a season-worst six turnovers. – 11:16 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
I have a hunch that the Jaylen Nowell and Jarred Vanderbilt pairing will be a good one over the course of the next month – 11:16 PM
Jon Krawczynski @JonKrawczynski
Bledsoe with the Sleepy Floyd pass there. (Look it up, kids) – 11:16 PM
Christopher Hine @ChristopherHine
Taurean Prince with one of the funnier reactions I’ve seen to getting a steal. Like he couldn’t believe the Clippers threw it right to him. – 11:14 PM
Jon Krawczynski @JonKrawczynski
OK, Jaylen Nowell. – 11:10 PM
Christopher Hine @ChristopherHine
Jaylen Nowell with a posterizer and a mean mug. – 11:10 PM
Minnesota Timberwolves PR @Twolves_PR
Minnesota holds a 26-21 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Naz Reid paces the Wolves with nine points and two rebounds.
Patrick Beverley has dished out four assists and adds two points. – 11:05 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
The turnovers are the difference in this game, with Timberwolves scoring 7 points off of 8 LA giveaways. Clippers also have only five assists.
Timberwolves lead 26-21 at the end of the first quarter. Patrick Beverley has a game-high 4 assists. – 11:05 PM
Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
Minnesota 26, Clippers 21 | End 1 | Clippers have turned it over eight times (leading to seven T’Wolves’ points) and they’re shooting 38.9%, 30% from deep … and they’re down a relatively modest five points. – 11:04 PM
Christopher Hine @ChristopherHine
Timberwolves with a 26-21 lead after the first. Turned the Clippers over 8 times, but only 7 points off those TOs. Threes also not falling again. Reid 4 of 4 for 9 points. – 11:04 PM
Jamal Collier @JamalCollier
Bulls game ended about 30 min ago. They’re breaking down the United Center court to switch over to hockey
But DeMar DeRozan after going an uncharacteristic 7 for 13 at FT line is out here still shooting FTs pic.twitter.com/Ri5bjJejHy10:58 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
A bad stint between timeouts for Clippers, as they scored only once in 8 possessions.
The Timberwolves sell out to force turnovers, and LA is obliging, allowing 7 points off of 7 turnovers.
24-15 Timberwolves lead with 2:31 left in opening quarter. – 10:58 PM
Jon Krawczynski @JonKrawczynski
Great start for the Wolves. Naz Reid is everywhere, Josh Okogie swatting shots, getting out in transition – 10:56 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Chris Finch said pregame that he needed to do a better job of blending lineups so as to get offense to sustain when they go to the bench.
The tweak we’re seeing tonight is having Anthony Edwards be the first sub out so as to be back in with the second unit. The DLo role. – 10:56 PM
Christopher Hine @ChristopherHine
A day after I asked Naz Reid about his shooting struggles at shootaround, he has gone 14 of his last 21. Yes, I’m saying I’m solely responsible for this turnaround. – 10:56 PM
Los Angeles Clippers @LAClippers
The Force is strong with this Mann.
📺 @BallySportWest | @Terance Mann pic.twitter.com/SDOT9g9mKo10:54 PM

Christopher Hine @ChristopherHine
Josh Okogie, who hasn’t seen much time of late, getting ready to check in. – 10:54 PM
Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
4-3, Clippers.
In terms of turnovers. – 10:53 PM
Christopher Hine @ChristopherHine
A night after committing 24 turnovers, Timberwolves with 3 in the first six minutes which would put them on pace for (checks notes) … 24. – 10:51 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
We already got through six minutes without a stoppage. Clippers lead 13-12 despite allowing 54.5% FGs to Timberwolves and getting outrebounded.
Jackson, Mann, Ibaka all have 3s. Timberwolves have missed their 3 attempts from deep – 10:50 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
First three buckets of the game tonight go to Naz Reid — all generated by middle pick and roll
1st bucket: pick and pop, catches then pumps and goes to rim
2nd bucket: pick and roll for a dunk
3rd bucket: pick and roll for a free throw line catch into a eurostep finish – 10:48 PM
Minnesota Timberwolves @Timberwolves
picking up where he left off
NAZ REID. pic.twitter.com/EsME7i6Pwa10:47 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Patrick Beverley scores, and now Reggie Jackson is too small 😂 – 10:47 PM
Los Angeles Clippers @LAClippers
Locked in.🔒
📺 @BallySportWest | #ClipperNation pic.twitter.com/bjY9Jub5by10:44 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
That rolling dunk Naz Reid got from Bev… he must have hit the Lakers with that three times last night – 10:44 PM
Christopher Hine @ChristopherHine
Decent chance for the Timberwolves to actually get a win tonight with the Clippers down so many people. Grab some coffee and stay up late! – 10:40 PM
Los Angeles Clippers @LAClippers
May the Force be with you, #ClipperNation. pic.twitter.com/CmZ4W5A4S110:23 PM

Minnesota Timberwolves @Timberwolves
Tonight’s @MayoClinic Status Report:
Karl-Anthony Towns, D’Angelo Russell, and McKinley Wright IV are OUT. pic.twitter.com/1sqEUUiGjO9:58 PM

Los Angeles Clippers @LAClippers
The need to know for tonight’s meeting.
#GetItLocked | @betwayusa9:30 PM
Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
Wow. The Brooklyn Nets getting smacked at home by Memphis. After inexcusably losing to the Clippers. Amazing – 9:26 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Steve Nash and Kevin Durant weren’t happy after the Clippers loss and I can’t imagine this one is going to improve their moods any. – 9:24 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
My @PrizePicks for Wolves-Clippers
Beasley over 17.5 pts
– Without KAT/DLo, a near-lock to be in this range
Bledsoe over 14.5 pts
– Looked great last game, scored 15+ in 5 of last 6
Ibaka under 8.5 pts
– Really unimpressive lately
Jackson over 2.0 made FTs
– Wolves foul a lot – 9:21 PM
Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
Chris Finch’s perspective on the Clippers: “We’re all in this tough patch-it-together — regardless of the record, they’ve played some good basketball, the last games I’ve checked out.” – 9:07 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Brian Shaw will wait on Minnesota starting lineup before announcing his own
3 for 3 🤣 – 8:50 PM
Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
Nico won’t play, Jay Scrubb will — acting coach Brian Shaw says. – 8:45 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Nico Batum will not play tonight but Jay Scrubb will, per Brian Shaw – 8:45 PM
Meghan Triplett @Meghan_Triplett
The Grizzlies have knocked down 4 threes in the 1st qtr and there is still 5 min left 👀 – 7:54 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Kevin Durant with an early candidate for play of the night, hunting down Minnesota’s Jarrett Culver for a chasedown block that led to a James Johnson transition 3. – 7:48 PM
Eric Bledsoe @EBled2
Cobra Kai is back yessir 😁 – 7:38 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
No Zubac or Hartenstein for the Clippers tonight — so another small frontcourt against the Wolves.
The available Clippers bigs will be: Ibaka, Morris and maybe Batum (who is listed as questionable).
Other small ball options the Clippers used last game: Winslow, Gabriel, Ennis. – 7:32 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Good evening from Barclays Center. I just had an oatmeal raisin cookie. I’m game-ready. Nets-Grizzlies tip in a bit. First game for the Nets since that ugly Clippers loss and the last before Kyrie Irving returns. Memphis has eight replacement players. Updates to come. – 7:20 PM
Christopher Hine @ChristopherHine
After covering the Timberwolves I finally got to check out the Carole King and James Taylor concert doc. Excellent. (surprise coming from me) Captured how good Carole is at communicating the emotion in her songs as well as any other live performances of hers out there. – 7:09 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Here’s the Nuggets updated now-six game road trip to end January. Two sets of back-to-backs. Six games in nine days.
Jan. 25 at Detroit
Jan. 26 at Brooklyn
Jan. 28 at New Orleans
Jan. 30 at Milwaukee
Feb. 1 at Minnesota
Feb. 2 at Utah – 6:45 PM
Los Angeles Clippers @LAClippers
▪@Eric Bledsoe recorded 27 points, shooting 66.7% from the field.
▪@Terance Mann shot 58.3% from the field.
▪@coffeyshop_ posted 14 points, shooting 60.0% from deep.
📼 Clippers CourtVision powered by @awscloud pic.twitter.com/Ji8G5Ui9576:30 PM

Minnesota Timberwolves @Timberwolves
vote N:OW to see @D’Angelo Russell at #NBAAllStar
RETWEET TO VOTE pic.twitter.com/4MY53eSbxX5:55 PM

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
The postponed Warriors-Nuggets game in Denver will now be played on March 7th, extending a 3-game Warriors trip into a 4-gamer. It’ll now be the first night of a back-to-back for them. They get the Clippers at home on March 8th. – 5:19 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
The value of Jarred Vanderbilt + Nate Knight as offensive rebounders is not how much they individually rebound; it’s about how *the team* rebounds when they’re on the floor.
Wolves grab 33.3% of their own misses when Vando is on, 31.3% when Knight is on (98th + 94th percentile). – 5:09 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
The Timberwolves turned the ball over on 24.2% of their possessions last night — their highest turnover frequency game of the season.
The next highest turnover frequency game was against the Clippers on 11/5 (23.1%).
D’Angelo Russell missed both of those games. – 4:55 PM
Minnesota Timberwolves @Timberwolves
don’t blink when A1 is on the court.
RT to see @Anthony Edwards at #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/Ul085BvMOZ4:55 PM

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