Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 11/6/12
NEW YORK There's no Timberwolves practice today, so here are a few tidbits from Monday night, chief among them the success of the bench in the team's 107-96 win over the Nets. Probably the most telling stat of the past week was reinforced in Brooklyn, where the trio of Chase Budinger, J.J. Barea and Dante Cunningham continued to be an incredibly effective unit off the bench. In 201 minutes together on the floor, Barea (plus-42), Budinger (plus-26) and Cunningham (plus-27) have combined for a plus-minus of plus-95 this season. That unit, along with Alexey Shved and Nikola Pekovic, was on the floor in the fourth quarter and secured the Minnesota win; coach Rick Adelman said he was so pleased with the group's execution that despite wanting to put Andrei Kirilenko back in the game, he elected not to. Most notable about the positive plus-minuses from these three players is the contrast to last year, when Ricky Rubio (plus-50) and Kevin Love (plus-26) were the only two players on the ent...
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