Bogdan Bogdanovic on Kings loss to Timberwolves
For the second consecutive game, the third quarter was a problem for the Kings.
The Minnesota Timberwolves turned a close game into a blowout, using a 34-17 advantage in the quarter to coast to a 118-100 victory Monday night at Golden 1 Center.
The Kings (18-42) have lost four in a row and eight of 10.
All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves (38-26) with 26 points and 17 rebounds. Andrew Wiggins scored 22 points and Jeff Teague had 20 points and seven assists.
Skal Labissiere led the Kings with 20 points. Willie Cauley-Stein had 17 points and five rebounds before fouling out, and Buddy Hield scored 16 points.
The Kings allowed Minnesota to shoot 52 percent and gave up 25 points off 15 turnovers.
Here are three takeaways from the game:
Rest days are back
With the Kings healthy (except for recently acquired Iman Shumpert), the Kings rested veterans Zach Randolph and Vince Carter.
Garrett Temple was set to play, but was a late scratch after feeling lower back stiffness during pregame warmups.
Kosta Koufos was the only King with more than four seasons in the NBA to play Monday.
The plan to rest at least two veterans every game started in mid-January, but injuries and a trade put things on hold until now.
Welcome to the team
Fourth-year forward Bruno Caboclo finally made his Kings debut. He was acquired in a trade from Toronto for guard Malachi Richardson on Feb. 8.
Caboclo, 22, was the 20th pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Raptors, but had only appeared in 25 NBA games prior to Monday. A 6-foot-9 forward with a nearly 7-foot-7 wingspan, it wouldn’t hurt the Kings to look at him as the season winds down.
He’s young and has long been considered a project. The Kings lose nothing by giving Caboclo some minutes to see if he’s worth a summer league invite.
Caboclo had four points, three rebounds, an assist and a steal in 18 minutes.
Too much fouling
The Kings were having a tough enough time stopping Minnesota’s offense, so it didn’t help that they kept fouling the Timberwolves.
Minnesota was 33 of 36 from the free-throw line, including an 11-for-12 night for Jeff Teague. The Kings attempted just 13 free throws and made 12.