MINNEAPOLIS Some nights, Derrick Williams is a barb.
Other nights, he's promise. Still others, he's invisible. Invariably, with a loss, he's mentioned for failing to do this or that when, really, the rest of the team often fails in equal measure. Perhaps it stands out that much more because of who he is: no. 2 draft pick, tantalizingly talented, still unproven Derrick Williams.
He's just too easy a target.
After Wednesday night's 89-87 loss, Rick Adelman brought up a valid point. "It seems like everybody wants to dwell on him," the coach said of Williams. They want to twist his performances to afford them more responsibility, and too often more blame.
And then on Friday, after another loss, this one 106-98 to the Warriors, Williams was an afterthought. He'd put up 23 points, the third-highest total of his young career, with seven rebounds to boot. But ask what people remember about his night, and too many will say that missed dunk to begin the game. Too many will take 23 points...