Hoops Recap: Week 2

Oct 26, 2017; Sacramento, CA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward DeMarcus Cousins (0) looks on during the first quarter against the New Orleans Pelicans at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports

The second week of the NBA season was one no fan wanted to miss, but you can only watch so many games. Luckily, in Week 2, there was a myriad of games to watch.

It was the week of down-to-the-wire finishes and buzzer beaters, as the 2017-2018 season continues to impress people with some surprising teams and breathtaking performances by the worlds best.

This week, the focus is a Sunday, October 22 affair, as the Minnesota Timberwolves traveled to Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder.

This game was the first exhilarating game of the week, as it came right down to the very end. With time ticking down, the Timberwolves were down one point and not enough time to draw a play.

Andrew Wiggins, though, knew what he was going to do if the ball was in his hands, and that was to win the game.

With time winding down, the ball did indeed find Wiggins’ hands, and he made the most of the opportunity. Wiggins sank a game-winning three-point shot at the buzzer to lift Minnesota to a 115-113 win in a hard-fought contest.

Wiggins had a great night, finishing with 27 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals. He scored 12 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter as well.

Karl-Anthony Towns also had a tremendous night. Towns scored 27 points as well, and both he and Wiggins were a plus-15 in the plus-minus category too, a significant statistic to keep notice of when looking at a boxscore.

On the other side of the court was the Thunder, which came off a horrid performance the night before, losing to the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Sunday, though, was a much different game, as all three members of the Thunder “Big Three” came up huge in critical moments. One member to keep an eye on was Carmelo Anthony.

Anthony had 23 points against Minnesota and was a plus-12 in the plus-minus category. Even though his defense is lackluster at best, Anthony makes up for it with his superior scoring ability.

The Oklahoma City and Minnesota matchup featured nine total lead changes and two ties, as the Timberwolves (2-1) won at the Chesapeake Energy Arena against the Oklahoma City Thunder (1-2) by a score of 115-113.

Studs: Oklahoma City

  • 0 Russell Westbrook – 31 pts | 5 rebs | 10 asts | 1 blk | 2 tos
  • 13 Paul George – 14 pts | 6 rebs | 8 asts | 4 stls | 2 tos
  • 7 Carmelo Anthony – 23 pts | 2 rebs | 2 asts | 3 stls | 2 tos

Duds: Oklahoma City

  • 21 Andre Roberson – 1 reb | 1 to (-21 +/-)

Studs: Minnesota

  • 22 Andrew Wiggins – 27 pts | 7 rebs | 4 asts | 2 stls | 1 to
  • 67 Taj Gibson – 11 pts | 10 rebs | 2 asts | 1 stl | 4 tos
  • 32 Karl-Anthony Towns – 27 pts | 7 rebs | 4 asts | 2 stls | 1 to

Duds: Minnesota

  • 11 Jamal Crawford – 3 pts | 2 asts | 1 to

Each week, multiple top performances will determine a “Primetime Player” of the week. The Primetime Player of the first week of the NBA season is No. 0 DeMarcus Cousins of the New Orleans Pelicans.

Cousins is a fantastic player. Not only can he score with his back-to-the-basket, but can also score off of the dribble and create his own shot.

To add on, he also can bring the ball up the floor, almost like a point-center, and has added an excellent perimeter game to his bag of tricks.

He alone is an offensive juggernaut, so for an opponent, it’s almost like pick your poison.

Primetime Player:

0 DeMarcus Cousins (New Orleans Pelicans) – 32.8 ppg (points per game) | 14.8 rpg (rebounds per game) | 6.8 apg (assists per game) | 1.5 bpg (blocks per game) | 4.8 tpg (turnovers per game)

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