The young Minnesota Timberwolves felt they were flat in a 109-103 home loss to the Indiana Pacers on Thursday, unable to build on the positive feelings they had from a road win at Phoenix in their previous game.
Hosting the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday, Minnesota will see if it learned anything from Thursday's loss and starting slow.
"We looked flat," Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns said. "It started with me too, looked flat. It's too late to turn on the gas, five minutes left in the game. It makes it very hard to win a game. We almost pulled it off, but almost isn't good enough."
Minnesota won't want to be in the same situation against Brooklyn, but the Nets also don't offer the same firepower as Indiana.
Brooklyn owns the league's worst record (9-37) after losing its fourth-straight game, 124-116, at Cleveland on Friday. The Nets were playing without starters Brook Lopez, Trevor Booker and Jeremy Lin, as well as guards Joe Harris and Caris LeVert.
Lopez and LeVert sat out the game for rest and should play Saturday. Booker is dealing with an illness. Lin (strained left hamstring) and Harris (sprained left ankle) have missed multiple games. >> Read more