Andrew Wiggins said he’s “ready to go” and ready to be back in the NBA and he doesn’t see any problem playing in the Wolves’ starting lineup for the second straight game.
Wiggins scored a season-high 26 points and was held to six points on 2-of-10 shooting in a 105-96 loss to the Boston Celtics on Friday night.
The Timberwolves (18-23) fell to 1-2 on their home-and-home trip after falling 98-87 at home to Orlando on Tuesday.
The loss dropped them out of the top spot in the Eastern Conference standings and pushed them back into the lottery.
“We got to keep doing that, keep playing, and I’m ready to get out there and play,” Wiggins said.
“It’s a team game.
If you keep playing hard and if you have good energy, it’s going to come to you.
I’ve been playing in this league for three years and it’s time to get it back.
I’m sure the coaches are going to be happy with what we did tonight.
If I don’t play in the game, I’m done.”
Jabari Parker scored 19 points and Tyler Hansbrough added 18 for the Celtics (16-27), who are currently without guard Kevin Garnett (knee), guard Courtney Lee (hamstring), forward James Young (hip), forward Paul Pierce (knees) and guard Marcus Smart (ankle).
Bobby Portis scored 15 points, and Al Horford added 15 for the Wolves, who fell to 2-5 on the road this season.
The Celtics played without Garnett for the first time since his gruesome neck injury in a Dec. 22 loss to Orlando.
Boston, which has lost nine of its last 10 games overall, had a chance to move into a tie for the eighth and final playoff spot in playoff contention when it hosted the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night.
Garnett returned to the lineup with 6:16 remaining in the third quarter after missing six games with a strained left calf.
He finished with seven points on 3-of/5 shooting and missed his only shot from beyond the arc.
The Celtics shot 51.4 percent (23-of 62) and outrebounded the Bucks by a whopping 21-9.
Granteri Jones scored a career-high 22 points for the Bucks, who dropped to 1 of 15 from 3-point range in a 96-85 loss at Toronto on Wednesday.