Timberwolves vs. Suns: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

Timberwolves vs. Suns: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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Timberwolves vs. Suns: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The Minnesota Timberwolves (24-25) play against the Phoenix Suns (9-9) at Footprint Center

Game Time: 9:00 PM EST on Friday January 28, 2022

Minnesota Timberwolves 124, Phoenix Suns 134 (Final)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Endgame tonight in Phoenix after #Suns win over T-Wolves.
Just having fun after a 12-plus hour day.
See you tomorrow. Or later today. pic.twitter.com/Xv3oZfyU892:18 AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“If the #NBA allowed 1st initials on the jersey, I would have C. Johnson.”
#Suns forward Cam Johnson says Chad Johnson’s jersey started this C. Johnson phenomen that continued in high school, college, but has ended in the league.
“I tried, but we don’t do that here.” pic.twitter.com/UKzZlGF3hC1:56 AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Let Bengals fan from Pittsburgh explain.
Cam Johnson was Steelers fan until age 5. Mom Steelers fan. Dad grew up Cowboys fan.
Dad didn’t like Tommy Maddox or Bill Cowher. Trashed Steelers. At age 6-7, Johnson started hating.
Became Chad Johnson fan.
Take it from there. #Suns pic.twitter.com/IvbrqzJUi31:50 AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
5 takeaways from #Suns hitting 20 threes in outlasting T-Wolves for 9th straight win
azcentral.com/story/sports/n… via @azcentral1:30 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“Earning your respect from your peers is always better than anybody else in my opinion.”
Devin Booker as he finished 3rd in players vote for #NBAAllStar West backcourt starters. #Suns pic.twitter.com/80bzTQ9VbO1:27 AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“We know our main objective is to win a title and bring a championship here. but you can celebrate the little things going into it, well a big thing to me.”
Devin Booker as #Suns win away from securing Monty Williams and coaching staff in Feb. 20 #NBAAllStar game in Cleveland. pic.twitter.com/KUBgKslLzc1:23 AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“I get it. Nobody ever wants to be embarrassed. I wasn’t trying to embarrass him. I’m trying to get by him.”
Chris Paul on Taurean Prince pushing him in the back late in Friday’s win after he dribbled the ball between Prince’s legs. #Suns pic.twitter.com/9z5wbYVT201:07 AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“When you’re playing against a team with that many athletes, you’ve got to knock down shots cause if you miss, they’re going to be taking off in transition.”
Monty Williams as #Suns shot 51.2% from the field, going 20-of-39 from 3, in Friday night’s 134-124 win over Minnesota. pic.twitter.com/AiyZODYzqs12:59 AM

Christopher Hine @ChristopherHine
Malik Beasley on how he builds off tonight: “I never change anything, I just make sure to keep sticking to what I do and trust my work. I did that tonight. I had fun tonight. Instead of being so timid or worried about things, just have fun.” – 12:58 AM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
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Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Anthony Edwards over his last 13 games
From 3: 40.5% (126 attempts)
From 2: 57.1% from 2 (105 attempts)
True shooting: 62.7% (league-average is 55.8%)
Edwards for season
3: 37.0%
2: 51.7%
TS%: 56.6%
Edwards when asked if it feels good to have been right about his jump shot: pic.twitter.com/vjohNofRyc12:50 AM

Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Anthony Edwards on Malik Beasley, after Beasley’s 26-point game tonight:
“I need him. Every night. Every game. Every practice. I need him every day.” – 12:35 AM
Christopher Hine @ChristopherHine
Anthony Edwards, as always, very honest:
“D-Lo is needed because I don’t like bringing the ball up the court. I don’t like initiating the offense, not at all.”
Also, ” I don’t like bringing up the ball up and initiating the offense unless it’s like a set play.” – 12:34 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Will #NBA coaches do right thing and vote #Suns guard Devin Booker into All-Star game? https://t.co/rzHDF9CEVC via @azcentral pic.twitter.com/QvDAMGP16o12:32 AM

Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Anthony Edwards on playing against Cam Johnson and Landry Shamet tonight:
“Playing them tonight, number 23 shoot the ball like it’s nothing. Oh my god, he shoot the cover off the ball. Number 14, too, Landry Shamet, he shoot the ball crazy, too. Know what I’m sayin?” – 12:31 AM
Christos Tsaltas @Tsaltas46
Anthony Edwards said the Timberwolves are “super close” to top level teams like the Warriors and the Suns are right now. #RaisedByWolves12:28 AM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Anthony Edwards after tonight’s loss said “our defense is pretty bad right now”. He also said, “I feel like we’re super close. Once we get everybody back, we’ll be real good”
The Wolves have missed Pat Bev the last 5 games, and were without DLo, also a big part of the D, tonight – 12:24 AM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Anthony Edwards when asked about playing point guard tonight with D’Angelo Russell injured:
“DLo is needed. DLo is needed because I don’t like bringing the ball up the court.” – 12:16 AM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Karl-Anthony Towns didn’t want to make excuses after the game, but we were asking about the road-road back-to-back from San Fran to Phoenix.
KAT said the lapses tonight were more physical than they were mental. He said, “we were tired”. – 12:15 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
These two.
Chris Paul X Devin Booker = nine straight wins for #Suns pic.twitter.com/zHK8ZtAgBF12:12 AM

Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Karl-Anthony Towns: “We gotta be willing to play different coverages, different defenses, especially if we talk about us being in the playoffs… We gotta be able to change our defense on the fly”
The Wolves have thrived in their high wall/low-man concept but struggled in others – 12:11 AM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Chris Paul and Devin Booker jokingly acted like they did not know that they are now one win away from clinching a spot in the All-Star Game for the coaching staff when they are in fact very much aware of it. – 12:04 AM
Christopher Hine @ChristopherHine
Karl-Anthony Towns: “We were tired. I could tell we were tired.” – 12:00 AM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
29 PTS
9 AST
4 3PM
Another night in the office. pic.twitter.com/PqJ5K1ZUBE11:58 PM

Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Chris Finch on Jarred Vanderbilt, who played on the backend of a back-to-back to back after suffering a mid-foot sprain last night:
“He’s a warrior. If you don’t like to watch him play, you don’t like all of the good things sports gives you.” – 11:50 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
What a night for the Point God! 👏
@FanDuel Stat Line of the Game pic.twitter.com/9D7CBOron511:50 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“Like a car landing on top of you.”
Monty Williams on Ish Wainright landing on Cam Johnson after Johnson initially had his leg swiped.
Williams said he believes Johnson is OK. #Suns11:49 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
SUNS WIN! WE ALL WIN!
Download the Suns app to claim your 3 free Gorilla Bites and head to an @ATLWingsAZ in the next 24hrs!
📱 https://t.co/T8bUcCzb76 pic.twitter.com/gzWAgRrTxs11:44 PM

Minnesota Timberwolves PR @Twolves_PR
Anthony Edwards becomes the 2nd-youngest @Minnesota Timberwolves player to collect 25+ points and 10+ assists in the same game. Stephon Marbury totaled 30 points and 11 assists at Denver on Nov. 29, 1996 (a 108-103 victory) at age 19y283d. – 11:43 PM
Christopher Hine @ChristopherHine
Chris Finch on hanging tough with Warriors and Suns: Wolves can’t be satisfied with the “good ol’ try.” – 11:43 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Wolves won the 37.5 minutes Anthony Edwards played tonight by 6 points. They lost the 10.5 minutes Edwards sat by 16 points. – 11:41 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
CP3 had 14 assist and 2 turnovers tonight.
He’s averaging 10.2 assists and 2.3 turnovers this season, his highest AST/TOV ratio since 2014-15.
He’s 36 years old. pic.twitter.com/5jgi4EvTQR11:40 PM

Jon Krawczynski @JonKrawczynski
Suns are really good. 134-126
Wolves defense is sliding of late.
Nice bounceback game for Edwards in a playmaking role: 27p, 10a, 5r 4s
KAT: 23, 9r, 5a
Beasley: 28p, 4-10 3s – 11:38 PM
Michael Gallagher @MikeSGallagher
Wow! So Suns up 8 when the spread is 8.5.
Chris Paul gets the board to dribble it out, but nutmegs Prince. That may have upset Prince to foul him.
Suns win by 10 and cover!! pic.twitter.com/BtNnv8GzXp11:37 PM

Phoenix Suns @Suns
It was a three party. 🎉
This is the ninth time in franchise history with 20+ threes in a regular season game pic.twitter.com/qcN0uO4O4111:37 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Bismack Biyombo last 6 games:
14.8 PPG
10.8 RPG
67.9 FG%
The CP3 effect. pic.twitter.com/ColI07oIIT11:37 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
You knew Book didn’t want them to score after that foul lol – 11:35 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Thought this was a fun one, considering the circumstances
Wolves 124, Suns 134
On tonight’s show:
– Getting torched from 3 (again)
– A good look at Point Ant with DLo out
– GSW or PHX better playoff opponent?
– Why keeping Prince makes sense
– Beasley goes off for 18 in 4th Q – 11:34 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
SUNS WIN!
SUNS WIN!
SUNS WIN!
SUNS WIN!
SUNS WIN!
SUNS WIN!
SUNS WIN!
SUNS WIN!
SUNS WIN! pic.twitter.com/7OJloQSOy911:34 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
The Suns are 12-1 in 2022.
They are the only team in the top 5 in both offense and defense this season. pic.twitter.com/ceEKpaFBsj11:34 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Final: PHX 134, MIN 124
Booker: 29 Pts, 9 Ast, 10-26 FG
Paul: 21 Pts, 14 Ast, 10 Reb
Cam Johnson: 23 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast
Edwards: 27-10-5-4, 9-20 FG
Suns win their 9th straight game – 11:33 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Prince with a foul and shove of Paul here at the end.
Fans not liking it. Booker calling for a review.
Paul just walks away from the situation. Hits FTs. #Suns win 134-124 as Paul gets steal with 0.7 seconds left. – 11:33 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Lmao Chris Paul forever – 11:32 PM
Minnesota Timberwolves @Timberwolves
BEAS IS TAKING OVER 👀
up to 18 in the fourth. pic.twitter.com/6HGKStOZBP11:26 PM

Phoenix Suns @Suns
🚨 TRIPLE-DOUBLE ALERT 🚨
This is @Chris Paul‘s 18th of his career and second this season. pic.twitter.com/2zIRfOIOVf11:24 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Chris Paul essentially said, the hell with this, let me get this steal, hold the ball and wait to get fouled.
Splits FTs. #Suns up 129-122 with 48.7 seconds left. Timeout T-Wolves – 11:23 PM
J. Kyle Mann @jkylemann
ant’s gotta take jalen smith to the rim there – 11:23 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
That’s now 18 career triple-doubles for Chris Paul. Third with the Suns. – 11:22 PM
Jon Krawczynski @JonKrawczynski
If nothing else, getting Malik Beasley to see the ball go through the basket is a huge thing for the Wolves – 11:21 PM
Minnesota Timberwolves @Timberwolves
🔥 MALIK BEASLEY 🔥 – 11:21 PM
Minnesota Timberwolves @Timberwolves
BEAS IS UP TO 14 IN THE FOURTH 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/tNf1Aarh0L11:19 PM

Minnesota Timberwolves PR @Twolves_PR
Malik Beasley has tallied 14 of his 22 points here in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 126-118 with 3:31 left.
Tonight is Beasley’s 7th 20+ point game of the season and his 4 three-pointers mark the 21st time doing so in a game this season. – 11:18 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Cam Johnson 3 away from setting new career high (24).
#Suns forward has 22 right now, hitting 5-of-9 from 3.
Five 3s ties a career high he just set Monday vs. Utah. #Suns11:18 PM
Christopher Hine @ChristopherHine
A needed bounce back game from Malik Beasley if nothing else tonight. He’s up to 22. – 11:17 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Suns have tied their season highs for 3s (20) and assists (36). Still got 4 minutes to go. Best offensive performance of the season. – 11:14 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Paul gives #Suns its 20th 3. Up 126-113 with 4:11 left in game – 11:14 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Landry Shamet hits 3rd straight 3 for #Suns out the timeout.
19-of-34 from 3. #Suns up 121-110 with 5:26 left in the game. Timeout #Timberwolves11:11 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
The Suns are a buzzsaw – 11:10 PM
Jon Krawczynski @JonKrawczynski
The Suns are getting wide open looks. This isn’t anything special they’re doing. They’re just making very makeable shots and the Timberwolves are not. – 11:10 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Fourth Quarter Suns are here – 11:10 PM
Christopher Hine @ChristopherHine
Johnson with a pair of threes and Shamet with a three and all of a sudden Phoenix is back up 11. – 11:09 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Suns looking to go 30-0 when leading after 3 quarters.
Up 118-110 as Johnson hits two 3s out of timeout . – 11:09 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Cam Johnson hits back-to-back 3s and the Timberwolves are in the danger zone down 10 with 6 mins left. Might not see clutch minutes tonight – 11:09 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
Cam going all the way. 🏃‍♂️
Plus the extra! pic.twitter.com/d3wqvavff311:06 PM

Minnesota Timberwolves PR @Twolves_PR
Anthony Edwards has now dished out a career-high 10 assists to go along with his 22 points, his 1st career 20+ point/10+ assist game, becoming the 3rd player 20 years old or younger in @Minnesota Timberwolves history to have 20/10 in a game (LaVine- twice and Marbury- 11 times). – 11:05 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Jaren says that the Grizzlies are trying to catch Golden State and Phoenix but the main focus is simply to just win every game. – 11:05 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
That Chris Paul pass just made me laugh like Santa Claus in public. Dude is unreal – 11:03 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Jalen Smith has 5 fouls so Monty is going to go small with Wainright at the 5. – 10:57 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Shamet with 14 off the bench on 4-of-8 shooting. #Suns up 102-95 early in 4th. – 10:56 PM
Minnesota Timberwolves @Timberwolves
THE JMAC STEAL.
THE A1 BUZZER BEATER!! pic.twitter.com/ebde2f0hTb10:55 PM

Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Gonna talk about this on the pod tonight. Curious your thoughts…
Between Phoenix and Golden State, who would you rather the Wolves draw in the playoffs? – 10:54 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
Finish strong.
📺 @BALLYSPORTSAZ pic.twitter.com/x9sudpZbcX10:54 PM

Minnesota Timberwolves PR @Twolves_PR
Edwards at the buzzer! McLaughlin pokes the ball away to Ant and he connects as time expires.
Minnesota trails 100-93 after three quarters.
Edwards is up to 22 points and a career-high-tying 7 assists, while Towns has 21 points and 7 rebounds. – 10:53 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
End of 3Q: PHX 100, MIN 93
Booker: 27 Pts, 7 Ast, 10-22 FG
Paul: 15 Pts, 11 Ast, 6 Reb
Bridges: 14 Pts, 4-5 FG
Edwards 22 Pts, 7 Ast, 4 Stl
Deflating inbounds pass from Payton leads to a Timberwolves bucket to end the quarter – 10:52 PM
Jon Krawczynski @JonKrawczynski
What an incredible, lay-it-all-on-the-line, diving play by Jordan McLaughlin – 10:52 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Mark that down.
Turnover.
Edwards bucket at buzzer to end 3rd.
#Suns up 100-93 going into the fourth. – 10:52 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Suns are now 15-of-28 (53.6%) from 3. They’ve broken 100 points through three quarters. Up to 28 assists. Lead is 7 with a quarter to go. – 10:51 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Jalen Smith took a shot to the face from Karl-Anthony Towns on that last play. Deandre Ayton came out to check on him from the bench – 10:44 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Jalen Smith down after taking below to face from a driving Towns.
Still down. #Suns10:44 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Back-to-back 3s from Smith and Shamet. #Suns up 95-86. – 10:43 PM
Jon Krawczynski @JonKrawczynski
No idea how Jaden McDaniels popped up like that – 10:42 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Shamet in for Johnson, puts Bridges at the four.
Towns scores, Biyombo with four fouls. Smith in. #Suns lead down to two as Towns hits ensuing FT.
Current lineup: Payton, Booker, Shamet, Bridges and Smith. – 10:41 PM
Minnesota Timberwolves PR @Twolves_PR
Towns completes the three-point-play and is up to 21 points, 13 here in the third quarter. Tonight is his 33rd 20+ point game of the season. – 10:41 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
One of these Minnesota people in the stands described this jersey matchup as “peas and carrots” and now it’s all I can see – 10:40 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Love when KAT is shooting over the top of the defense.
He’s using his height to shoot over the top of Biyombo in the post (not trying to go through him). And he’s shooting over the top of the whole Phoenix defense from the top of the key (not trying to penetrate through it). – 10:37 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Devin Booker 3. Has 27 on 10-of-19 shooting. #Suns up 86-78. – 10:36 PM
Minnesota Timberwolves @Timberwolves
you already know what we’re gonna say.
best shooting big in the game 😼 pic.twitter.com/WqDGpauBUT10:36 PM

Minnesota Timberwolves PR @Twolves_PR
Edwards connects on the free throw, giving him 20 points on the night, his sixth straight 20+ point game and 28th of the season. – 10:35 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
The ball got where it needed to go for #Suns last trip, but it wasn’t crisp or in the flow. #Suns up 81-74. – 10:33 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
We’ve already clinched free @CarlsJr! 👌
Tomorrow get a free Western Bacon Cheeseburger® at a Valley @CarlsJr with the purchase of a fountain drink! pic.twitter.com/1eM9NWliSJ10:32 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Booker with the fake wrap around layup. #Suns 5-0 burst to take 81-69 lead. Timeout T-Wolves with 9:59 left in 3rd. – 10:30 PM
Christopher Hine @ChristopherHine
Quick timeout from Finch as Phoenix opens up a 12-point lead in the first two minutes. Third quarter struggle bus is here. – 10:29 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Johnson with 8. 2-of-3 from 3. #Suns up 10. – 10:28 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Suns 74 #Timberwolves 66 Half.
PHX: Booker 20, Paul 15, Bridges 15, Biyombo 10. Team: 20 points in the paint. 20 assists on 23 FGs.
MIN: Edwards 16. Prince 12 (off bench). Team: 28 points in the paint, 26 bench points.
Ties: 9. Lead changes: 4
3PT: #Suns 52.6% T-Wolves 38.9% – 10:26 PM
Minnesota Timberwolves @Timberwolves
A1 at the half:
16 pts./ 1 reb./ 3 ast./ 2 stl./ 1 blk. pic.twitter.com/zVMSjJhUTT10:26 PM

Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Wolves opponents (ATL, BKN, POR, GSW, PHX) have made 77 of their 172 3-point attempts over the past 4.5 games. 44.8% – 10:24 PM
Eric Walden @tribjazz
FINAL: Grizz 119, Jazz 109. Just not quite enough defense to stop the Ja Morant show down the stretch, and the offense came way too hard. House 21p for the Jazz; Conley 15p, 6a; Morant 30/10/10 for Memphis. Utah has lost 10 of 12 now. In Minnesota on Sunday. – 10:22 PM
Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
Memphis wins 119-109.
Danuel House leads the Jazz with 21 p.
Conley: 15p/6a, and the Jazz were +13 in his 30 min, -23 in the other 18 min.
Rough games for Bogdanovic and Clarkson, who scored 13 each on 5-16 and 4-13 shooting, respectively.
Shorthanded Jazz 0-4 vs. the gauntlet. – 10:22 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Wolves shooting 39% from 3, 61% from 2 at half
Suns shooting 53% from 3, 56% from 2 at half – 10:21 PM
Minnesota Timberwolves PR @Twolves_PR
Halftime in Phoenix as the @Minnesota Timberwolves trail 74-66.
Edwards leads Minnesota with 16 points while Prince has 12 points in 15+ minutes off the bench, his season-high for points in a half.
Vanderbilt pacing the Wolves on the boards with 6 rebounds in the first half. – 10:16 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
🤩 Beautiful Basketball 🤩 pic.twitter.com/hyduDkVVsd10:15 PM

Phoenix Suns @Suns
Book creating space with the step back. pic.twitter.com/7L0gHvCOQq10:14 PM

Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Short-handed Wolves down 8 at halftime in Phoenix
Of note: KAT, Naz, Nowell and Ant all picked up 3 first half fouls, and KAT also has a tech – 10:11 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Halftime: PHX 74, MIN 66
Booker: 20 Pts, 7-14 FG
Paul: 15 Pts, 9 Ast, 4 Reb
Bridges: 14 Pts, 4-5 FG
Edwards: 16 Pts, 5-11 FG – 10:10 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Pretty good half of basketball from both sides. Impressive from Minnesota after playing the Warriors last night. Suns already have 4 players in double figures and are up 8. Timberwolves’ Nowell, Edwards, Towns and Reid all have 3 fouls. – 10:10 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Towns foul, tech.
Paul misses tech FT though.
Makes both FTs from the foul.
#Suns up 74-66 at halftime. – 10:10 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Suns closing half strong. Up 72-66 after being down 61-59. – 10:09 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
My Minnesota girlfriend, who knows nothing about basketball, about Karl-Anthony Towns: “That’s our best player?”
Me: “For now, yeah.”
Her: “Awww…sad!” – 10:08 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Devin Booker for 3, puts #Suns up 3, but on that drive and kick by Bridges, he could easily try to finish that the rim.
2:57 left in half. – 10:00 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
That last Devin Booker shot was a real-life “HE’S ON FIRE” type of bucket – 10:00 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Prince flexing after putting T-Wolves up two, 61-59. #Suns9:59 PM
Christopher Hine @ChristopherHine
The Timberwolves have taken the lead. – 9:58 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
I’ll be very OK with Taurean Prince being on the Wolves past the trade deadline – 9:55 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Tie game at 53-53, until Booker pullup jumper. Has 16. #Suns up two. – 9:54 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Suns current lineup: Paul, Booker, Bridges, Wainright and Biyombo – 9:54 PM
Jon Krawczynski @JonKrawczynski
Wow what a pass from Taurean Prince. I didn’t know he had that in his bag. – 9:49 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Anthony Edwards to the rim game is scary. #Suns up six. – 9:49 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Most games with 3+ steals by a rookie in Pelicans history:
Chris Paul – 28
Anthony Davis – 10
Herb Jones – 10 – 9:47 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
I know Chris Paul is shooting 33.1% from 3, which is below is his career average of 37%, but dude, can’t leave the guy that open.
#Suns up 10 as Paul has five. 9:41 left in 1st half. – 9:46 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
Ish hustle 🏃‍♂️
Landry feed ➡️🏀
Bismack finish 😤
What a play. pic.twitter.com/y8PMklEZ3G9:44 PM

Minnesota Timberwolves PR @Twolves_PR
At the end of the first quarter, the @Minnesota Timberwolves trail 40-32.
Edwards and Towns lead the way for Minnesota with 8 points apiece.
Vanderbilt grabbed a game-high 4 rebounds in the quarter, the 15th time this season with 4+ rebounds in the first quarter. – 9:41 PM
Meghan Triplett @Meghan_Triplett
Utah Jazz just committed their 13th turnover and the Grizzlies now have 16PTS off of their turnovers.
(Jazz average 13 turnovers per game this season and there is 5 min left in the 3rd qtr) – 9:40 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
With D’Angelo Russell and Patrick Beverley both out, Chris Finch is rotating Jaylen Nowell, Anthony Edwards and Jordan McLaughlin at point tonight.
Nowell — first 4.5 minutes of the 1st
Ant — next 2.5 minutes
McLaughlin — final 5 minutes – 9:40 PM
Christopher Hine @ChristopherHine
Timberwolves trail the Suns 40-32 after one. Booker with 14 and Bridges with 11. Phoenix with just one turnover against a defense that needs them to thrive. – 9:39 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
End of 1Q: PHX 40, MIN 32
Booker: 14 Pts, 5-11 FG
Bridges: 11 Pts, 3-3 FG
Biyombo: 7 Pts, 3 Reb
Edwards: 8 Pts, 3-4 FG – 9:39 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Not sure how that Beasley basket was allowed.
He got up off one knee and scored and didn’t appear to dribble the ball.
#Suns up seven. – 9:36 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
Don’t fall for that Book pump fake. 👌 pic.twitter.com/NdVpyqDvaK9:35 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Jae’Sean Tate has scored or set up nine of the Rockets’ 11 points to start the second half, cutting the lead to eight. He also has four fouls. With Porter out, Rockets need the ball in his hands. – 9:32 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Suns up 32-25 as Booker and Bridges each have 11 on 7-of-11 shooting.
Phoenix 64.7% FG (3-of-5 from 3). T-Wolves are 11th in defensive rating, but Suns are having their way on the offensive end.
Could easily hit 40 by the end of the 1st quarter. – 9:30 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
Mikal watch. 👀
He’s up to 11 points. pic.twitter.com/mTOmYDGUdy9:27 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
The Bismack Biyombo hook shot is the eighth wonder of the world – 9:26 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
A lil behind the back to the jam.
@Chris Paul ➡️ @Bismack Biyombo pic.twitter.com/SWLAiTrRkP9:25 PM

Minnesota Timberwolves @Timberwolves
A1 letting ’em fly early from downtown pic.twitter.com/uQgyTjAG1h9:25 PM

Christopher Hine @ChristopherHine
Okogie getting minutes, guarding Booker. – 9:24 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Chris Paul no-look passes in transition >>>
Really fun pace to this one early – 9:21 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Booker in transition. Has nine.
Timeout T-Wolves.
#Suns up 25-18 with 5:48 left in 1st quarter. Have seven fast-break points already.
Paul with five assists. – 9:21 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Suns are up to 9 fastbreak points in the first 6 minutes of the game. Second straight game where they’ve emphasized getting on out and running to start the night. – 9:20 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Bridges 11 of the team’s 21 on 3-of-3 shooting (1-of-1 from 3).
#Suns up 23-18 – 9:19 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Bridges with 9. Booker with 5.
#Suns up 15-10 as Biyombo has their other point. – 9:17 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Woo boy Devin Booker that was unkind – 9:17 PM
Quinton Mayo @RealQuintonMayo
This Suns/Timberwolves jersey combo is the worst I’ve seen in a very long time. pic.twitter.com/LSmjJ6tnqj9:16 PM

Phoenix Suns @Suns
Mikal with tonight’s first bucket of the evening. pic.twitter.com/1diJbjX2cx9:16 PM
Minnesota Timberwolves @Timberwolves
perfect way to begin your first NBA start. pic.twitter.com/wp3mruveLH9:15 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Vanderbilt on Booker. Keep close eye on this. #Suns #Timberwolves tied at 7-7 – 9:15 PM
Christopher Hine @ChristopherHine
Jaylen Nowell picks up 2 quick fouls in 1:31 to start here. – 9:14 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Edwards taking it the rim with Bridges on him.
#Suns down 5-3. – 9:13 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
McDaniels on CP3
Vanderbilt on Booker
I heavily doubt the Suns are ever going to face that much size and length on those two guys the rest of the season. – 9:12 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Wolves guarding Chris Paul and Devin Booker with the 6’10 Jaden McDaniels and 6’9 Jarred Vanderbilt. – 9:12 PM
Christopher Hine @ChristopherHine
McDaniels starts on Chris Paul. Last time these two squared off Finch mentioned Paul told him re: McDaniels “Who is that? He can really guard.” – 9:11 PM
Minnesota Timberwolves @Timberwolves
never a dull moment around Ant 😂 pic.twitter.com/f7exVthMcf9:02 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
C.J. McCollum down after a Jae’Sean Tate drive. McCollum called for the foul but officials checking video. – 8:58 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Suns nine deep for 2nd straight game.
Mikal Bridges
Cam Johnson
Bismack Biyombo
Devin Booker
Chris Paul
Bench: Elfrid Payton, Landry Shamet, Jalen Smith, Ish Wainright.
Won at Utah with nine guys Wednesday night.
Timberwolves on 2nd of back-to-back. Lost at Golden State. – 8:56 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Back to Back jacks by White…Bulls 27-18..4 min left 1st. Vooch 8pts 3 assists. – 8:56 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
We in here. #Suns #Timberwolves pic.twitter.com/Z7HlWNgFKZ8:53 PM

Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Anthony Edwards by position this season (per CTG)…
PG (132 minutes): -23.2
SG (996 minutes): +3.6
SF (351 minutes): +18.5
It’ll be interesting to see how much Finch goes to Ant at point tonight with DLo and Pat Bev both out. – 8:48 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics get outscored 10-0 in last 2:20 of 2Q, trail #Hawks 62-47 at half. They worked to cut the deficit to 5 before just losing all control in final 2 min. – 8:38 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Jaylen Nowell is getting his first start of his career tonight (in place of the injured D’Angelo Russell).
Nowell’s numbers since Christmas…
Minutes: 21.5
Points: 12.5 (20.9 per 36 mins)
Rebounds: 3.3 (5.6 per 36)
Assists: 3.3 (5.5 per 36)
3P%: 32.1%
2P%: 60.9%
TS%: 58.9% – 8:34 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
Starters vs Wolves
▪️ @Chris Paul
▪️ @Devin Booker
▪️ @Mikal Bridges
▪️ Cam Johnson
▪️ @Bismack Biyombo8:31 PM
Minnesota Timberwolves @Timberwolves
Tonight’s @MayoClinic Status Report:
Jarred Vanderbilt and Jaylen Nowell are AVAILABLE.
D’Angelo Russell (Left Shin Contusion) and Patrick Beverley (Right Ankle Sprain) are OUT vs. Phoenix. pic.twitter.com/kNEG6slfY18:19 PM

Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
My @PrizePicks for Wolves-Suns
Booker under 29.5 pts
– He’s averaging 25 (no Pat Bev isn’t worth 5)
Biyombo under 22.5 pts + rebs + asts
– Think foul trouble is likely
Ant over 31.5 pts + rebs + asts
– Usage will be high
Bridges over 1.5 blks + steals
– Wolves don’t have PGs – 8:16 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets open with the 6-4 Jae’Sean Tate on seven-footer Jusuf Nurkic. Looks like the plan is to have Wood double him in the post. – 8:14 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Jae Crowder getting up shots pregame with wrap on left wrist. #Suns pic.twitter.com/YiTnQSahNI8:09 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Jae Crowder getting shots up in his normal spot. Has the wrist taped and wrapped up. pic.twitter.com/GUsgvr88jY8:07 PM

Chris Biderman @TheWarriorsWire
After Steph Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 52 points in the Warriors’ win over the Timberwolves, NBA Twitter chimed in with reactions. warriorswire.usatoday.com/lists/nba-twit…8:00 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
Tonight’s @BannerHealth Health Update: pic.twitter.com/BUBY27D2Vy8:00 PM

Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Chris Finch on Anthony Edwards: “I do believe the shooting improvement is real.”
Edwards over his last 12 games…
3P%: 40.9%
2P%: 57.3%
TS%: 63.0%
USG%: 26.1%
Points: 24.4
Rebounds: 3.9
Assists: 3.6 – 7:52 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
Next up: Suns basketball.
#YouDoYou | @PlayAtGila pic.twitter.com/3b0XHkrQHR7:49 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Timberwolves coach Chris Finch said when he came into league that Chris Paul was the hardest player to guard in the last 5-6 minutes of the game.
Years later, nothing has changed. #Suns pic.twitter.com/wwg4ZyQUpb7:44 PM

Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Chris Finch says D’Angelo Russell is “day to day” with his shin contusion. Finch said, “hopefully he’s ready to go” for Sunday’s game against Utah. – 7:39 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
D’Angelo Russell (shin) and Patrick Beverley (ankle) both out tonight. #Suns #Timberwolves out. pic.twitter.com/5h5mxcVvSN7:38 PM

Christopher Hine @ChristopherHine
Chris Finch said D’Angelo Russell is out tonight, Patrick Beverley is out and it appears Jarred Vanderbilt is a game-time decision. Injuries piling up a bit for the Wolves. Finch said it appears Russell’s injury is more day to day, shouldn’t cost much time. – 7:35 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Chris Finch says D’Angelo Russell is OUT tonight
Chris Finch says Jarred Vanderbilt is a game-time decision
Chris Finch says Patrick Beverley is OUT tonight – 7:32 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Monty Williams had no update on Deandre Ayton.
Hasn’t done any on-court work.
As for Jae Crowder (wrist) and JaVale McGee (sore knee), they have “taken some steps.”
Williams said Crowder had “decent” workout yesterday, but added they’re being cautious with him and McGee. #Suns pic.twitter.com/f9DFYSrNUr7:31 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Monty Williams said it’s “good to see that progress is being made,” but didn’t have a concrete update on Deandre Ayton. Jae Crowder and JaVale McGee had good workouts, but Monty had conversations with both about being aware of the big picture given this stage of their careers – 7:18 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Monty Williams said Deandre Ayton still has not done any court work yet. – 7:17 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Karl-Anthony Towns on returning this season after having COVID-19 for a second time: “The first time I got it in January, I lost 50 pounds. That was not very fun. This time, I only lost 18-20. It was easier to get back into the rhythm.” on.nba.com/3G8ztsf7:05 PM
The Ringer @ringernba
💭 Unnecessary player awards
💭 The state of the Timberwolves
💭 Flowers for the Cavs and their exuberant roster
#TheAnswer with @ChrisRyan77 and @Seerat Sohi: open.spotify.com/episode/7dyFI4…6:42 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Monty Williams closer to securing #NBAAllStar head coach nod as #Suns two wins away from having best record in West at Feb. 6 cutoff date.
Phoenix (38-9) has three-game lead on Golden State (36-13) with five left. #Warriors have four left. https://t.co/mf3plr6xac via @azcentral pic.twitter.com/rzqCwkLrZY6:34 PM

Andrew Bogut @RogueBoguesPod
Basketball Pod Ep 50 – Useful or Useless stat: Devin Booker is shooting 62.5% in the clutch, 45.5% from three and the @Phoenix Suns are 15-3 in clutch games.
Listen to it here 👇
https://t.co/u0OwdyWBh0
#LetsGetRogue #RogueBogues
#NBA #Booker #Suns pic.twitter.com/VZ2jQw7hSG5:10 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
On Tuesday, Feb. 1, the Suns will host a Black History Monty mural unveiling and dedication at the Footprint Center. It will be one of 28 murals around the Valley “honoring the past, present and future of Black history.” – 5:04 PM
Connor Letourneau @Con_Chron
Damion Lee on Draymond’s TNT deal: “I just hope he doesn’t get hit with any tampering fines like he did a few years ago with the whole D-Book situation.” – 4:54 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
NBA Q&A: Karl-Anthony Towns talks about how his season, how it measures up against other bigs and overcoming COVID-19 for the second time https://t.co/8XKgsoGBTs pic.twitter.com/u6gPd1wTv64:42 PM

Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes
WNBA News: Free agent star Angel McCoughtry has reached an agreement with the Minnesota Lynx, league sources tell @YahooSports. – 4:12 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
D’Angelo Russell (shin contusion), Jarred Vanderbilt (midfoot sprain) and Patrick Beverley (ankle sprain) are all listed as questionable for Friday’s game in Phoenix. – 4:04 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
The Timberwolves still have the incentive, fit, desire and relationship to go all in for Ben Simmons.
Sky is the limit for an Ant, KAT, D-Lo, Simmons quartet. – 3:55 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Timberwolves list D’Angelo Russell as questionable for tonight’s game in Phoenix after suffering a left shin contusion during Thursday’s loss in Golden State – 3:51 PM
Lauren Rosen @LaurenMRosen
I remember Chris talking about writing this book when I was his student in 2018…
Today I get to start reading it. 🤓
So excited for this and you, @Chris Herring! One of the all-time good humans in this business. pic.twitter.com/h07DAK2ztW3:50 PM

Minnesota Timberwolves PR @Twolves_PR
Minnesota @Minnesota Timberwolves Status Report in advance of tonight’s game at Phoenix: pic.twitter.com/qZgIKUWgcU3:49 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Once considered risky NBA lottery pick, #Suns‘ shooting star Cam Johnson channeling his inner Klay Thompson usatoday.com/story/sports/n… via @usatoday – 3:43 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
HE’S ON FIRE! 🔥
Get the Book & CP3 NBA Jam shirt as tonight’s IOG and don’t forget to checkout with @PayPal!
👕: https://t.co/NsKX3BiZG6 pic.twitter.com/o8rrrC0ynf3:09 PM

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