Mavericks vs. Timberwolves: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

The Dallas Mavericks (14-14) play against the Minnesota Timberwolves (15-15) at Target Center

Game Time: 8:00 PM EST on Sunday December 19, 2021

Dallas Mavericks 25, Minnesota Timberwolves 27 (Q1 00:11)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Minnesota Timberwolves PR @Twolves_PR
Towns will go to the line to complete the three-point-play after the timeout with the @Minnesota Timberwolves leading 16-13 with 3:55 left in the first quarter.
KAT is up to 6 points, while Beverley has a game-high 3 rebounds so far tonight. – 8:28 PM
Minnesota Timberwolves @Timberwolves
🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨 PM

Jon Krawczynski @JonKrawczynski
Man that’s some great defense from Jarred Vanderbilt, coming off of the Brunson drive and bothering Brown at the rim – 8:23 PM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
The unofficial count as of 8pm: 75 NBA players from 20 teams in the protocols, not including some coaches, assistant coaches and even referees.
“This isn’t going to go away today, tomorrow or the next day,” Dallas coach Jason Kidd said. “This is going to be here for a while.” – 8:14 PM
Jon Krawczynski @JonKrawczynski
After Towns took it to Jokic and Davis, Mavs are going back to the Utah defense with Powell on Towns and Porzingis on Vanderbilt. – 8:12 PM
Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Biggest question facing the Mavs tonight:
With Luka not even in the arena, who did he put in charge of reminding Patrick Beverley that he’s too effing small? – 8:10 PM
Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Jason Kidd said that the Mavericks haven’t had a lot of face-to-face time since the practice on Thursday after the Lakers’ game. Coaches had zoom calls to devise strategies but no practice time as a team since Thursday. And stressing distancing is more important now than ever. – 7:58 PM
Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
Mavs starters: DFS, Porzingis, Powell, Hardaway, Brunson
MIN starters: Beasley, Vanderbilt, Towns, Russell, Beverley
7:10 Tip @theeagledallas7:34 PM
Dallas Mavericks @dallasmavs
Your first five on the floor tonight.
@ModeloUSA | #FightingSpirit PM

Minnesota Timberwolves @Timberwolves
Tonight’s @MayoClinic Injury Report:
Anthony Edwards (Health & Safety Protocols), Josh Okogie (Health & Safety Protocols), and Taurean Prince (Health & Safety Protocols) are OUT vs. Dallas. PM

Dave McMenamin @mcten
Anthony Davis, speaking to reporters for the first time since his knee injury in MIN: “I mean, mentally, I’m fine. I’m in good spirits, just being around the team. Obviously avoided a major injury, which has kind of got my spirits back up because I just didn’t know.” – 7:15 PM
Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Lost in the COVID shuffle, Sterling Brown (left foot soreness) will play tonight after missing 6 games.
That means Mavs will have 10 players from their roster, plus two-way rookie JaQuori McLaughlin, available.
Expect the starting lineup to be: Brunson, THJ, DFS, KP, Powell – 7:06 PM
Minnesota Timberwolves @Timberwolves
it’s a Canadian tuxedo kinda day. 🍁 PM

Mark Giannotto @mgiannotto
COLUMN: Memphis basketball’s unvaccinated players and Penny Hardaway’s negligence threaten this season.
This isn’t a public health issue (even though it should be). It’s about the Tigers needlessly being at a competitive disadvantage.…6:50 PM
Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Add two more to the Mavs’ health and safety protocol, per Jason Kidd: assistant coaches Darrell Armstrong and Jared Dudley.
Armstrong entered quarantine back in Dallas, while Dudley had traveled with the team to Minnesota. – 6:45 PM
Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
I believe this is the first time we’ve seen a Saben-Cory-Frank-Trey-Luka lineup – 6:43 PM
Dallas Mavericks PR @MavsPR
Sterling Brown (left foot soreness) will be available to play in tonight’s game in Minnesota. – 6:34 PM
Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
Some early Luka Garza minutes in 1Q as well for #Pistons. – 6:34 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
My @PrizePicks for Wolves-Mavs
Vanderbilt over 9.5 rebs
– Should get boards on Porzingis
Brunson under 18.5 pts
– Will be Wolves main guard/wing focus
KAT over 2.0 made 3s
– Made 2-or-more in 20 of 28 games played
DLo over 6.5 asts
– Quarterbacking on-point since he returned – 6:16 PM
Peter Edmiston @peteredmiston
Had a chance to watch Penny Hardaway’s Zoom session itself and I’m just flabbergasted at Penny’s lack of leadership and abdication of responsibility of this issue. Penny said he never even thought about vaccinations this year – how is that possible? Such a ridiculous situation. – 6:01 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Josh Okogie is in health and safety protocols, TImberwolves say – 4:53 PM
Minnesota Timberwolves PR @Twolves_PR
UPDATED Minnesota @Minnesota Timberwolves Status Report in advance of tonight’s game vs Dallas:
Edwards – Health & Safety Protocols
Knight – G League Two-Way
Okogie – Health & Safety Protocols
Prince – Health & Safety Protocols
Wright IV – G League Two-Way – 4:52 PM
Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
On playing Luka Garza in the fourth last night, Casey said it was partially due to Isaiah Stewart being in foul trouble. The other part was knowing he can bring shooting and energy into the game. – 4:20 PM
The Vertical @YahooSportsNBA
Top 4 picks in the WNBA Draft lottery:
1. Washington Mystics
2. Indiana Fever
3. Atlanta Dream
4. Dallas Wings PM

Minnesota Timberwolves PR @Twolves_PR
Tonight’s @kzprovisioning media meal:
Green Chili Braised Pork Shoulder
Black Beans and Rice, Garlic Roast Carrots
Seven Layer Dip and Chips
Shaved Romaine, Chili Lime Vinaigrette, Cotija, Radishes
@BellecourBakery Dessert – 3:35 PM
Howard Chen @TheHoChen
Texans place kicker > Cowboys place kicker
Therefore, Houston > Dallas 🤪 – 3:10 PM

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