Chris Finch has seen Andrew Wiggins elevate his game against the Minnesota Timberwolves before, so the Wolves head coach wasn't surprised when an agressive Wiggins went off for 35 points in the Warriors' 123-110 win over his old team.
“This is the second time that I’ve been with the team, playing the Warriors, and both times he had big nights,” Finch said, via The Athletic. “He obviously has a personal vendetta.”
Wiggins scored 27 points against the Timberwolves last season when the Warriors visited Minnesota.
Timberwolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns, who Wiggins posterized twice, knew his former teammate would want to continue to punish the Wolves.
“He always does that,” Towns said. “Any team … Cavaliers traded him, Wolves traded him … you expect him to come out and play well.”
The Warriors' trade to acquire Wiggins and a first-round draft pick in exchange for D'Angelo Russell has been a lopsided win for Golden State.
While Wiggins claims Wednesday wasn't a revenge game, he did enjoy dunking on his friend.
“I liked them both,” Wiggins said of the dunks. “They were both on KAT. That’s my guy. He got me last year so I had to get him back.”
Vendetta or not, the Warriors hope they can bottle whatever came over Wiggins on Wednesday and unleash it on a nightly basis.
“He’s capable of doing that,” Steph Curry said. “He’s got all the physical presence and skill set to impact the game like that on the offensive end; on the defensive end, he does it. It was obviously an efficient night. He saw some familiar faces on the other side. It got him going.
“You obviously don’t expect a damn near perfect night like that every night. But the intentions and the energy and just the aggressiveness from start to finish, you would love to see that. It gives us a whole (different) look.”