Mitch Creek's Timberwolves close 4th Summer League win out with gritty second half
The Minnesota Timberwolves took their fourth consecutive Summer League win against the Miami Heat, 90-87. Creek, who made the start, played nearly 26 minutes and had 10 points (4/6 FG), 5 rebounds.
Despite being down for most of the game, and trailing by as much as 20, the T-Wolves surged in the second half and clinched a comeback victory.
“Our first half, we were the gravediggers,” Creek shared post-game. “We didn’t come out, we had no energy, we were all pretty flat. We had a day off yesterday, and sometimes that doesn’t really help you. [The Heat] played yesterday, they were fresh, we knew that in the first half they were going to come out and give us their best punch.
“The second half, we responded well. We played defence, we communicated well, we made simple basketball plays.”
Creek also spoke about his level of confidence, when it came to playing in Summer League this year.
“There’s a lot of ways you can look at it. When there’s more pressure, there’s incentive to play well and you have to do good, because you’re going to be a main player.
“Sometimes, that does rattle people. For me, this is the first time starting and playing big minutes here at Summer League. But for me, the biggest thing was that I played in the G League. I played, nearly 50 games and I started nearly every single game. I played big minutes there… for me right now, I’m very comfortable being on the court.”
“… For me, it’s just about trying to make the simple basketball plays,” Creek said. “I’m out there for a reason, and right now it’s about trying to win games. At the moment, we’re doing a pretty good job of that, so hopefully I can keep up the good form.”
Xavier Cooks played 14 minutes with the Phoenix Suns, and had 2 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block against the San Antonio Spurs. The Suns won 79-78.
Duop Reath was a DNP with the Brooklyn Nets, who won 93-85 against the Orlando Magic.