Playing without Michael Beasley on Sunday proved to be anything but disastrous for the Timberwolves, who defeated the Washington Wizards 93-72 in a game that was the best spotlight so far for the Timberwolves rookies.
Beasley did not travel to Washington after suffering a right mid-foot sprain against Cleveland on Friday. And though much was made of his absence, it proved almost inconsequential. The winless Wizards fell to 0-8 on the season, and the Timberwolves won their first road game since last March, due in large part to the performances of Derrick Williams and Ricky Rubio off the bench.
"With the absence of Michael, it really hurts our team, but it's my job to help and contribute the way I can," Williams said.
Washington, which may have been the closest thing to an easy target for the Timberwolves, may have been the best testing ground for a replacement lineup, one that allowed Williams a season-high 30 minutes. And with Beasley's inconsistent play this season, the Timberwo...