For the Timberwolves to truly ascend into elite status, Wiggins will have to prove to be a special, transformative talent but the clock is ticking on that sort of progression. Wiggins continues to go at his own pace, leaving that slow-burning fire inside and unmoved by outside criticism. “I don’t really care much with people’s opinions. I just play. I don’t really talk or listen to the outside. I kind of have a close circle I listen to, and that’s it. Anything else, I don’t even,” Wiggins told Yahoo Sports. “Jimmy’s not a guy that can really be replaced by one person. It’s on the whole team to do that. I’ve got to be more aggressive. The ball is in my hands more, so I have to make good decisions. Some games, my shot may not be falling, I may have a bad game but I always feel good, always feel confident.”
April 21, 2018 | 5:23 am EDT Update
Marcin Gortat said Markieff Morris brought clippers to each practice and pestered him to shave the Mohawk. Realizing the amount of effort that went into Mohawk maintainence, Gortat finally gave in. The results: 16 points (8-10) and 5 rebounds.
Candace Buckner: John Wall explaining his encounter with Serge Ibaka: “I just told him to keep his hand out of people’s face. He was just pointing at everybody’s face. I told him get his hands out of people’s face and he went into a little rage.”
Josh Lewenberg: Delon Wright: “I mean, everybody’s competitive, so sometimes guys are talking and it gets a little chippy or whatever. We just have to do a better job of realizing they’re probably trying to get us off our game and stay focused, not let them get to us.”
Josh Lewenberg: Valanciunas: “They were celebrating, they were hyped up, they were playing hard, they were doing it all and we kinda, I don’t know, lost our momentum. Now we’ve just gotta learn from this.”
Parker declined to speak after the game, saying he had a meeting with the team and it was decided that it was better for him not to talk with reporters. Parker’s teammates sung his praises after the game.
“He was a professional tonight,” Bucks guard Khris Middleton said. “He’s had a rough start to the series. But we’ve all talked to him. We know that we need him (and) try to let him know that we need him. “It starts with him. Within. His mind has to be right when he checks into the game. It’s not just about scoring. It’s not about him. It’s about the team. We need him to be part of the team for him to be successful and for him to be successful.
Thought Bledsoe gave an interesting answer while discussing how happy he was that Bucks interim head coach Joe Prunty picked up his first playoff win. “I’m very happy for him. He’s in a tough position. He’s trying to balance everybody’s ego, so to speak. Because we’ve got a lot of talented guys on the team that want to play, that think they should be in. He’s doing a great job of managing everyone’s ego on the team.”