A 3-pointer by Josh Smith as the last seconds of the game wound down sealed the Minnesota Timberwolves(4-3) fate as the lost their last preseason game to the Detroit Pistons 99-98.
But the Wolves didn’t go down without a fight. J.J. Barea’s driving layup off the glass with 3.6 seconds left gave the Wolves a 98-96 lead before Smith heaved up a long three just before the final horn that hit the rim, bounded in the air, then fell in as the horn sounded.
Adelman praised Barea for his conditioning, shooting and play over the entire preseason.
“I’ve got to keep this rhythm up,” Barea said. “I feel great, I feel healthy. … My shot feels great. Me, everybody, if we’re open, we’ll shoot ’em. If we shoot that much, we have to make some.”
Minnesota outscored Detroit 29-19 in the third quarter to take a 75-70 lead into the final period