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Andrew Wiggins says he’s not worried about shooting woes

November 27, 2018

CLEVELAND In the wake of his woeful shooting night Saturday, Andrew Wiggins had just one solution.

I shot my way into it. Im just going to shoot my way out of it, Wiggins said.

That was his hope Monday against the Cavaliers as Wiggins tried to move past an 0-for-12 night against the Bulls in his previous outing.

The Wolves didnt need him and teammate Robert Covington, who went 1-for-18, to shoot well against Chicago they still managed to defeat the Bulls by 15, thanks to 35 points from Karl-Anthony Towns.

The question is whether Wiggins and Covington might experience any lingering effects from their off nights.

Covington didnt. He went 8-for-12 from the floor Monday. Wiggins had a rougher go of it. He missed five of his six shots in the first half with his lone basket coming on an uncontested layup. He got going a bit in the second half, hitting three of his first five, including a three-pointer in the third quarter.

But Wiggins wasnt on the floor in crunch time as coach Tom Thibodeau opted for Derrick Rose in Wiggins spot over the final minutes of the game.

Wiggins tried his best to downplay his struggles at shootaround before the game.

Its a long season, a very long season, he said. Eventually, theyre going to go in. Im not worried about it.

Thibodeau mentioned that Wiggins put in some extra work Monday in order to prepare for the game later at Quicken Loans Arena. Even though neither player shot well Saturday, Thibodeau wasnt upset with their overall games.

Covington had a great impact on that game without shooting the ball well. So, I think thats critical, Thibodeau said. You need everyone, and thats the important thing, but its an example of you can play well when you dont shoot well. If youre not shooting well, do other things.

Thibodeau said he wasnt concerned about Saturday turning into an extended slump.

Weve seen with Wig, hes already proven what a prolific scorer he is, he said. Hes going to have a number of games thatll be great, too. Everyone has a game like that, and you just bounce back from it.

Delayed gratification

Two days after Towns grabbed 22 rebounds in the victory over the Bulls, the NBA gave him another one and its a significant statistical correction for Towns.

The league ruled that Wendell Carter Jr. attempted a dunk with 3 minutes, 5 seconds remaining in the first quarter Saturday instead of just losing control of the ball.

Towns initially was credited with a steal, but with Carter now being credited with a shot attempt, the league gave Towns another rebound, increasing his total to 23 for the game. That ties Towns career high. Towns is averaging 12.2 rebounds per game.

Back on the squad

Keita Bates-Diop was back with the Wolves after spending time with the G-League Iowa Wolves.

Bates-Diop, along with rookie Jared Terrell and veteran C.J. Williams, have been bouncing back and forth between the Wolves and Iowa.

Its a roster option Thibodeau has liked to utilize with his younger players.

When you have young players, obviously you want them around the team so they learn the NBA game and they can practice with you, Thibodeau said.

But I think the playing time is also important, so thats a big part of their development.

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