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I Iwill never forget this game. My first season covering the Minnesota Timberwolves as a credentialed media member was coming to end when the Houston Rockets came to town on April 11, 2014. The Wolves were a respectable 39-39 hosting the 52-win Rockets, and while this was Minnesota’s best record in years, their inability Custom Minnesota Timberwolves Jerseys to close tight games kept them out of the playoff race.

If the Wolves were going to Cheap Corey Brewer Jersey get win No. 40, they would have to do it without Kevins Love, Kevin Martin and Nikola Pekovic. This left the Wolves with Ricky Rubio, Gorgui Dieng, Robbie Hummel, Dante Cunningham, and Corey Brewer as their starting five. Talk about a bunch of prolific scorers.

To even out the lineups, Dwight Howard sat this game out leaving James Harden to gladly get his shots up. This was Cheap Gorgui Dieng Jersey the first night of an away-home back-to-back at the end of a road trip and it made sense for Houston to sit Howard with a playoff run looming. Howard would play the next night in Houston.

Aside from Harden, Chandler Parsons, Terrence Jones, Omer Asik, and Jeremy Lin were the Rockets starters. This game was so long ago that Parsons was still a 40-minute per game player and Robert Covington and Patrick Beverley couldn’t Cheap Karl-Anthony Towns Jersey even get in the game. But Kevin McHale was able to find four minutes for Isaiah Canaan.

Anyway, this isn’t about Kevin McHale’s rotations. This is about career 8.7 points per game scorer Corey Brewer dropping 51 points in a game. That’s a four-quarter, 48-minute game with no overtime.

Brewer’s previous career high was 29 points, set the season before with the Denver Nuggets. Corey Brewer played 814 career games and scored more than 20 points 54 times. The highest single-season scoring average in Brewer’s career was 13 points per game even. None of this is to diminish Brewer’s career Cheap Nikola Pekovic Jersey or abilities, but the point is he was not a scorer.

Yet, in spite of this fact, he would set a Timberwolves franchise record for scoring and hold that title for 10 months.

Something in the Air
The first thing I remember about this day was feeling weird. Nothing was going on or wrong, I just recall sensing a weird vibe. It’s fitting this feeling carried over to the basketball game I was covering in the evening. No Pekovic, Love, or Martin against one of the best teams in the conference? Why not. At least Howard’s absence somewhat leveled the playing field.

Despite playing shorthanded, the Wolves led 39-32 after one quarter. Brewer was nearly one-quarter of the way to his eventual career high with 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting. Not only was the efficiency impressive, but Brewer averaged 10 shots per game for the entire 2014 season.

The Wolves regressed hard in the second quarter, scoring just 20 points in the quarter. You know who didn’t regress? That’s right, Brewer. The swingman chipped in another 10 points while none of his teammates mustered more than two points in the final 12 minutes of the first half. Houston led 63-59 at the half, which Cheap Ricky Rubio Jersey wasn’t bad given the Wolves’ missing players and Parsons and Harden combining for 33 points on 11-for-16 shooting.

With 26 points at the half, we joked on media row that Brewer could get to 40 before the night was through. If this was someone like Karl-Anthony Towns, that jump would surprise few people but Brewer’s reputation was solidified seven years into his career. And after a 10-point third quarter that brought him to 36 points, Brewer getting two more buckets seemed inevitable. Fifty, however, seemed like a stretch.

The Wolves entered the fourth trailing by two points, which had to feel like a small victory in itself. If the Timberwolves wanted to steal a victory, they need Brewer to put the team on his wiry-but-sturdy shoulders once again.

Brewer delivered with a 15-point quarter that included shooting 4-for-7 from the field and hitting 7-of-8 free throws in the frame. While no one was cheering on media row, there was a lot of amazement at this unlikely scoring performance. Brewer’s performance was inexplicable and came from nowhere, but moments like these are among the most memorable in sports.

What no one remembers is the Wolves holding on for the 112-110 victory. Aside from Brewer, Cunningham (20 points) and Rubio (16 points on 16 shots) were the team’s next greatest scoring contributions.

A Night Unlike Any Other
Brewer finished the game with 51 points, two rebounds, one assist, and six steals. He used 32.6 percent of the team’s possessions but turned the ball over only twice. What’s most impressive and differentiates Brewer’s performance from 50-point games in 2020 is that he shot just six 3-pointers.

Brewer made up for his outside shooting by making 11 of his 15 free throw attempts and going 17-of-24 on 2-pointers. In fact, Brewer made just three shots outside of the paint in almost 45 minutes of playing time. Had Howard played, it’s unlikely Brewer has the same unfettered access to the basket. Brewer took advantage of this weakness again and again and the Rockets could do little to stop him.

Some other notable happenings included:

The short rotations — Houston played eight players (if you don’t count Canaan’s minor minutes) and Minnesota did the same. These are playoff rotations late in the regular season.
Aside from Covington, future Timberwolf Troy Daniels was also on the bench for this Rockets team.
Harden had 33 points on 14 shots because he went 15-of-19 from the line and missed a triple double by two rebounds.
This game was a great reminder of how good Parsons was: 27 points, seven rebounds and seven assists on 4-of-8 shooting from deep.
Despite playing just eight players, four Wolves scored in double figures and the team received all of eight bench points.
While Brewer was never a big-time scorer, this game said a lot about him as a player. Brewer was ready and stepped into a greater role when the team needed him to. Looking at the injuries the Wolves had on this night and the lack of support from the remaining cast, and the Wolves easily lose this game if Brewer gives them any less.

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Down most of the way, the Timberwolves rallied to as much as a four-point lead early in the fourth period, the final time at 99-95 after a Naz Reid layup.

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A 3-pointer by Anfernee Simons pushed Cheap Naz Reid Jersey the Portland advantage to 109-103 with 6:44 remaining. The Timberwolves never caught up, thanks in large part to two key late hoops by Damian Lillard.

Anthony’s 26 were his second-most this season. He put up a season-high 29 against Charlotte on March 1.

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Karl-Anthony Towns had a game-high 34 points to go with a team-high 10 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who had snapped a nine-game Cheap Jarred Vanderbilt Jersey losing streak with a win at New Orleans on Thursday.

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After trailing by as many as 13 in the first half and 12 in the third quarter, the Timberwolves chipped away, eventually catching and passing Cheap Jaden McDaniels Jersey the visitors on a 3-pointer by Jaden McDaniels that put Minnesota up 94-93 with 4.6 seconds left in the third period.

Nowell opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer that put the Timberwolves up four, but Portland soon thereafter regained the lead for good thanks to Anthony’s surge.

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The 22-year-old has been all over the lineup in the first half of the season. Culver came off the bench at first. After Karl-Anthony Towns injured his wrist, he started a string Cheap Ricky Rubio Jersey of games at power forward. It was a tall task for the wiry 6’6”, 195-lb guard. While Culver showed some promise Cheap Jarrett Culver Jersey early in the season – a penchant for flying in and stealing rebounds from much taller players – he’s struggling once again this season, averaging 7.2 points per game along with 4.7 rebounds and 0.8 assists while shooting a paltry 22.9% from three.

To add injury to insult, Culver sprained his ankle on Jan. 25th against the Golden State Warriors and subsequently Cheap Josh Okogie Jersey missed 17 games. During his absence, Ryan Saunders was replaced by Chris Finch in a midseason move that drew the ire of many around the league.

Culver came back to a new system that seemingly didn’t have much time for him. The former sixth overall pick played just 37 minutes Cheap Naz Reid Jersey over the next three games in which he shot 3-for-17 (17.6%) from the field and scored a total of seven points, and he’s missed the three games immediately following the All-Star break with a toe injury.

A return to the court is imminent. Now the question is: Where does he fit on this team?

At the moment, the Timberwolves are surprisingly flush Cheap Jordan McLaughlin Jersey with young backcourt and wing talent thanks to the meteoric rise of Anthony Edwards, Jaden McDaniels, and Jaylen Nowell to add to the better-known commodities like D’Angelo Russell, Malik Beasley, Josh Okogie, and Culver.

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Okogie fills the role of wing defensive stopper in Minnesota’s rotation, which leaves little room for Culver when everyone is healthy and back from suspension. Culver and Okogie cancel each other out on the floor, both skilled Cheap Malik Beasley Jersey defenders (Okogie the superior ball-stopper) with limited impact on the offensive end of the floor. Add in Towns, Ricky Rubio, Naz Reid, and Jarred Vanderbilt as rotational stalwarts, and Culver is no higher than 11th in the rotation. He’s the odd man out and will have to fight with Jordan McLaughlin, Jake Layman, and Juan Hernangómez for spot minutes.

In his 19 games this season, Culver ranks seventh on the Timberwolves in minutes per game at 19.8. But that figure is just decimal Cheap Jarred Vanderbilt Jersey points ahead of McLaughlin, McDaniels, and Okogie.

There is a possibility that, upon his return, Culver eats significantly into Nowell’s minutes. But Nowell is averaging 14 points per game under Finch’s tutelage while shooting a blazing 50% from three over the last eight games. It seems increasingly unlikely that Nowell will relinquish his spot in the offensive coach’s rotation.

One avenue to fix the current logjam on the wing is to trade Culver. His athleticism, youth, and upside could be intriguing Cheap Anthony Edwards Jersey for potential trade partners, while the Wolves would be happy to flip the project for immediate frontline help (*cough John Collins cough*). Because Culver has had a rough sophomore season, the Wolves would likely have to add another young prospect or draft picks to any trade involving Culver.

Perhaps President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas opts to try to trade Okogie, Nowell, McDaniels, or a combination of Cheap Jaden McDaniels Jersey the three to try and land an impact player. Such a trade would allow Culver to return to his accustomed spot in the backcourt, but it does seem like the Wolves have big plans for McDaniels, and Nowell is a better fit than Culver off the bench.

The next few weeks without Russell and Beasley is possibly a make-or-break stretch for Culver. Excel and he will continue on his path to becoming an impact player in the NBA. Falter and he could quickly find himself on another team — or, far more grimly, out of the rotation altogether on the NBA’s worst team.