The Minnesota Timberwolves returned to an even .500 on Wednesday night when they beat the Indiana Pacers, 121-115.
However, for one brief moment, it looked like it might not go that way.
In the final seconds of the game, Buddy Hield made his way to the basket, ready to score an easy two points and tie the game at 117-117.
It is impossible not to be over the moon happy for Rudy Gobert.
• 16 points
• 6/11 FG | 4/5 FT
• 20 rebounds
• 1 assist
• 2 steals
• 3 blocks
• Go-ahead FTs with 32.8 left
• Huge block on Hield with 11.4 left
• Dunk to cap it off
What a gamepic.twitter.com/L8tzAGIw2N
— Jack Borman (@jrborman13) December 8, 2022
Rudy Gobert wasn’t having any of it.
Gobert blocked Hield’s bucket in an explosive way that had fans on their feet.
It was just one of the great moments from Gobert’s night: the big man scored 16 points on 6-of-11 from the field, 20 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, and 3 blocks.
To many, this was confirmation that the Timberwolves made the right choice when they traded away a slew of assets for Gobert in the summer.
Get Up, Gobert
Right now, Gobert is averaging 1.3 blocks a game, the lowest since his rookie season back in 2013-14.
Gobert’s numbers have dipped a bit across the board since coming to Minnesota, a fact that has left some fans of the team worried.
But when he performs as he did on Wednesday, Gobert makes his potential plain to see.
If only he – and his team – can continue to regularly perform like this.
The Timberwolves are now 12-12 and sitting in 11th place in the East, behind the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Portland Trail Blazers, and many more.
However, the fluidity of the West gives them a chance to rise through the ranks over the next few weeks.
In fact, they’re only two wins behind the 6th place Utah Jazz right now.
The Timberwolves once again saw what Gobert can do on Wednesday and now they want him to do it a whole lot more in the weeks and months ahead.