Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Brooklyn Nets: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

The Minnesota Timberwolves (11-11) play against the Brooklyn Nets (6-6) at Barclays Center

Game Time: 7:30 PM EST on Friday December 3, 2021

Minnesota Timberwolves 17, Brooklyn Nets 15 (Q1 07:10)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Kevin Durant just played a defensive possession with one shoe. Taurean Prince took advantage of the 5-on-4-and-a-half and hits a 3 that gives the Timberwolves a 17-15 lead with 7:10 to go in Q1. Timeout, Nets. Prince is up to 5 points, D’Angelo Russell has 2 PTS, 3 AST. – 7:51 PM
Christopher Hine @ChristopherHine
Wolves with 6 field goals (good!) and 6 turnovers (bad!) in the first 4:50 of this game. They lead 17-15 at the first timeout. Nets have four turnovers of their own. – 7:51 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Kevin Durant appears to have lost his shoe on that shot. – 7:50 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Cam Thomas checking in at the 8 minute mark may be the earliest we’ve seen him in a Nets game this season. – 7:48 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Still not convinced teams know Naz Reid can shoot. They certainly don’t guard him as if he can. – 7:46 PM
Christopher Hine @ChristopherHine
Naz Reid with 8 points in the early going. – 7:45 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
The Wolves use D’Angelo Russell defensively like the guy in pickup football who is guarding the QB but never blitzes and actually just drops back as a safety, searching for interceptions. – 7:45 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
I forgot all about this: It’s the Taurean Prince revenge game. He’s def going for 25+ – 7:40 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Greetings from Barclays. Nets-Wolves tips shortly. No KAT for Minny. Ant-Man is still balling. Clax is back. Updates to come. – 7:28 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Karl-Anthony Towns (tailbone) is OUT for the Nets. Big break for Brooklyn, a team that has traditionally struggled defending stretch-fives and versatile scorers at the 5. – 7:14 PM
Minnesota Timberwolves @Timberwolves
Tonight’s @MayoClinic Injury Report:
Anthony Edwards, Jarred Vanderbilt, and Jaylen Nowell are AVAILABLE.
Karl-Anthony Towns (Tailbone Contusion), Patrick Beverley (Left Adductor Strain), and Jaden McDaniels (Flu-like Symptoms) are OUT. pic.twitter.com/47coRPsCfQ7:12 PM

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Wolves say Karl-Anthony Towns (tailbone contusion) is out against Nets. So is Patrick Beverley (Left Adductor Strain) and Jaden McDaniels (Flu-like Symptoms). – 7:11 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Karl-Anthony Towns is out tonight (tailbone).
Jaden McDaniels (flu) and Patrick Beverley (groin) are also out.
Naz Reid will start in KAT’s place, next to Jarred Vanderbilt, Taurean Price, Anthony Edwards and D’Angelo Russell. – 7:09 PM
Minnesota Timberwolves PR @Twolves_PR
Tonight’s @Minnesota Timberwolves Starters at Brooklyn:
Patrick Beverley – Left Adductor Strain
Jaden McDaniels- Flu-like Symptoms
Karl-Anthony Towns- Tailbone Contusion
McKinley Wright IV – G League Two-Way – 7:08 PM
Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Sources: Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns is out tonight vs. Nets. – 7:07 PM
Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
Looking good in the KD shirts!!! pic.twitter.com/fGGhdj9szJ7:06 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Let’s try this again. Nets starters vs. the Wolves: Harden, Mills, Durant, Bembry and Aldridge. Autocorrect has had it in for me this week. – 7:04 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
James Harden, Patty Mills, Kevin Durant, DeAndre’ Bembry and LaMarcus Aldridge are the Nets’ starters tonight against the Timberwolves. – 7:02 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
The Nets’ Starters vs. the Timberwolves:
👨🏿‍🍳James Harden
👷🏾‍♂Patty Mills
🔒DeAndre’ Bembry
🪣Kevin Durant
🎯LaMarcus Aldridge – 7:02 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Things To L👀k Out For In The Nets vs. Timberwolves Game:
▪Cam Thomas logged the most minutes off the bench last game with 20.
▪D’Angelo Russell is coming off a bad game against the Wizards, shooting only 3-of-18 from the field & 1-of-12 from deep.
▪Irving & Harris are out. – 7:01 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
My @PrizePicks for Wolves-Nets
Love Ant over 2.5 made FTs
– Big Stage Ant
Love Harden over 21.5 points
– No McDaniels + Harden in attack mode last game
Aldridge under 15.5 pts
– How many mins can he play if KAT’s out there?
KD over 5 made FTs
– Will play thru Vando’s physicality – 6:36 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Jarred Vanderbilt has 82 rebounds in his last 200 minutes played. That’s a lot.
And 32 of those 82 are offensive rebounds. That’s a ton. – 6:31 PM
Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
An old friend made sure to check in with Herb 🎥 pic.twitter.com/BJXhK0Sf2X6:31 PM

Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Pressed by New York media on whether or not the playoffs are an expectation for the Timberwolves, Chris Finch said: “early returns are good, and the flavor of the team is pretty good”. – 6:16 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Chris Finch says Karl-Anthony Towns will go through pregame warmups and then it will be his decision whether or not he plays tonight with his tailbone injury. – 6:04 PM
Jon Krawczynski @JonKrawczynski
Timberwolves coach Chris Finch says Karl-Anthony Towns (back/tailbone) will go through pregame warmups before determining if he can play tonight vs Brooklyn after taking that nasty fall late at Washington. – 6:03 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“We appreciate having a versatile player — He has experience. He brings toughness. I enjoy being around him everyday.”
⁃Steve Nash on James Johnson. – 5:53 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Steve Nash on Cam Thomas,
“That willingness and that ability to change … It has made me very proud of him.” – 5:52 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“I don’t love to force. If it presents itself then we’ll get him out there.”
⁃Steve Nash on Nic Claxton. – 5:50 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“He is an athletic, young active big — A unique profile for our team … There’s no reason why he can’t make an impact for us.”
⁃Steve Nash on Nic Claxton. – 5:48 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“He’s been working hard — That’s all you can ask … We know he has the ability.”
⁃Steve Nash on Nic Claxton. – 5:47 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Steve Nash said Nic Claxton is available but doesn’t see it as a lock for him to play. Said the Nets rotations are pretty said and they’re not bringing him back to play 25 minutes a game. – 5:47 PM
Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Steve Nash says he would like to get Nic Claxton some minutes tonight and tomorrow night. Nash says his rotations “are pretty solid right now” but they would like to give Claxton “a chance to get back in the lineup” and work his way back. – 5:46 PM
Minnesota Timberwolves @Timberwolves
the most interesting man in the NBA. pic.twitter.com/MBsJJSt0GI5:46 PM

Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“Our rotations are pretty solid right now. It’s not like he’s coming back to play 20 minutes — We want to give a chance to get back in the lineup.”
⁃Steve Nash on Nic Claxton. – 5:46 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Steve Nash confirms Nic Claxton may play tonight and tomorrow. – 5:45 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Nic Claxton is back tonight after missing over a month with a non-COVID illness. Here he is getting pregame work in. pic.twitter.com/aHvfBiM9qG5:17 PM

Charlotte Hornets @hornets
Back to the lab 🧪
#AllFly pic.twitter.com/Rzx47pg9IJ5:06 PM

Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
If you’re coming to Friday Night Live, get your photo on the Black Carpet outside Section 24 and post it with #EmbraceTheLights for a chance to win signed Kevin Durant merch! – 4:55 PM
Julia Poe @byjuliapoe
Javonte Green enters the health and safety protocols and will be out vs. the Brooklyn Nets tomorrow. The Bulls have reinstated daily testing following Coby White’s positive result. – 4:43 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Bulls list Javonte Green out vs. Nets on injury report. Health and safety protocols. Bulls are testing daily following Coby White’s positive test. – 4:41 PM
Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Javonte Green has entered health and safety protocols, per injury report. Out vs. Nets – 4:41 PM
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
Also, @Anthony Slater got me to do it.
I predicted that the Minnesota Timberwolves make the playoffs. Not the play-in. The Playoffs.
FULL CLIP: https://t.co/q1Nem5zs8J pic.twitter.com/hpTUOhNEsE3:35 PM

Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
GAME THEORY PODCAST: @Anthony Slater is here; We dive deep on the Warriors and Suns and their battle at the top of the West. Also: the Porter Jr., Lopez and Adebayo injuries, plus the FUN Timberwolves!
iTunes: https://t.co/hIOdTGnsom
Spotify: https://t.co/Y9qktu716t pic.twitter.com/TaTNF914Wb2:59 PM
Eric Woodyard @E_Woodyard
#Lions players Trey Fowers (knee), Jalen Reeves-Maybin (shoulder), D’Andre Swift (shoulder) and Bobby Price (shoulder) are all OUT vs. Minnesota. – 2:48 PM
Anthony Puccio @APOOCH
“On Draft Night I was definitely hurt, but I knew the job wasn’t done… I’ve got mouths to feed.”
I spoke with @Minnesota Timberwolves big @NazReid about his journey, lessons, relationship with KAT, changes in Minny, and expanding his outside game ⬇
thesportssection.com/naz-reid-from-…2:42 PM
The Ringer @ringernba
Kevin Durant and James Harden aren’t too worried about Kyrie Irving being away from the Nets. #FullCourtFits
📺: https://t.co/IuZYgAsGxm pic.twitter.com/46mNMoEpFz2:30 PM

Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
“I’m not sure how many minutes I’ll get, but I’ll be ready to suit up with the guys again.”
@Nic Claxton on being back in uniform for the first time since October 25 📹 pic.twitter.com/NLicTtd8HE2:29 PM

Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
played ball at the park today. fouled some guy very first play of game, not even close to anything dirty. i even called a foul for him and he wouldnt accept it. i was like ok i get it. my team turns ball over at other end and he walks up to me and says “ball dont lie.” bro, what? – 2:06 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
“Once the [Hornets] moved to New Orleans, my dad started taking me to basketball games… Without that team, I don’t think I’d even be here today.” – @Kelly Oubre
📝 @sam_perley | #AllFly2:03 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Nic Claxton reveals hardest part of mystery illness as he returns to the court for the #Nets. nypost.com/2021/12/03/nic… via @nypostsports1:30 PM

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