At the end of games (or any possession), there are shots you want to take away and shots you can live with as a defender. Andrew Wiggins driving to the basket, that you want to take away. Ricky Rubio with a jumper? If that beats you, then you tip your cap.
I guess Oklahoma City should just tip their cap.
Just after a Steven Adams putback that tied the game (I’m not getting into that goaltending call and review), the Timberwolves had one last chance to win a tie game on the road. Wiggins came off a Karl-Anthony Towns screen and drove into a wall of defenders in the paint, got in the air, and threw it back to Rubio at the three-point line. For the season, Rubio is 26.2 percent shooting from that area of the arc, basically just one in four falls.
This was the one. Timberwolves get the win.
It felt like the Thunder were looking ahead to Saturday’s showdown with the Spurs, but you can’t take nights off in the NBA.