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After ‘Finchy’ shouts at the squad, Wolves rally in second half to beat Kings


At halftime in the Timberwolves’ 107-97 win over the Kings, the Wolves were shooting 39 percent and a terrible 11 percent from three points.

It wasn’t the most pressing issue for coach Chris Finch, who chose not to show any offensive films. Instead, he showed off a few snippets of the Wolves’ “inexcusable” rebound.

They weren’t going to win if they allowed Sacramento to have more offensive rebounds (13) than Wolves had defensive boards (12) in the first half.

“If you want to win the game, you’re going to bounce back,” Finch said of his half-time post. “It’s going to come down to that.”

Only Finch let them know that in a lively way, according to Anthony Edwards.

“You got ‘Finchy’ screaming,” Edwards said. “It’s not him, you know what I’m saying? When he does that, we have to hug. He knocks on the door, we have to hug. Character.”

Finch was calmer by the end of the night.

They passed Sacramento in the second period 18-17 and Edwards found his shot in the fourth quarter. Wolves first came to life in a game that started out as a brick-laying contest, but it was a lousy contest Wolves needed to find a way to win against a team close to them in the standings. .

They shot 63% in the second half while Edwards tallied 16 of his 26 points in the fourth to help the Wolves throw a few more stones into the water than the Kings. Finch said everything improved once the rebound improved.

“Most of the time he was bouncing,” Finch said. “We rebounded better in the second half and we were able to come out better in the flow of our attack.”

Edwards helped with that in the fourth quarter as he hit four of six three-pointers to put Wolves ahead for good. They never hung out in fourth.

“What I do in the first and third quarters, it doesn’t even matter to me,” said Edwards. “In the fourth quarter, I feel like I have a switch that turns on and I feel like I’m trying to pull every shot I take, so that’s about what s. ‘has passed.”

Karl-Anthony Towns starred in the third quarter, hitting his first three shots and scoring nine of his 22 points to get the Wolves out of their first-half funk.

BOXSCORE: Wolves 107, Sacramento 97

Then in the fourth, Towns said Wolves had done a better job helping Edwards succeed.

“We put ‘Ant’ in places where he could be successful,” Towns said. “We gave him a few games that were favorable to him. I think he did a great job to make it work.”

Like when Edwards dribbled Sacramento’s Chimezie Metu and faked it for an easy layup to bring the score to 89-85 with 6 minutes and 25 seconds remaining.

The challenge for Wolves now is to chain one victory with another, which has been a challenge for this core of players since the start of last season. They followed a victory over the Lakers on Friday with a resounding loss to the Clippers on Saturday.

Edwards said Patrick Beverley gave the team some advice ahead of Thursday’s game against San Antonio – that they should handle this series of back-to-back games differently.

“Pat said whatever you did in the back-to-back games in LA, don’t do that tonight,” Edwards said. “Stay in the house, get on the Game. Call some teammates, let’s play “Call of Duty” until you get sleepy. You are sleepy, go to bed. “

They will at least sleep a little more peacefully.


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