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Timberwolves star D’Angelo Russell not looking to abandon long 2-pointers

Timberwolves, D'Angelo Russell

Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star point guard D’Angelo Russell knows analytics tell you not to shoot long twos.

However, the new Timberwolves franchise point guard doesn’t sound like someone who is going to stop shooting them.

“There’s a fine line of making those shots you take, trying to relieve the pressure off coach eliminating those shots from me,” Russell said, via the Star Tribune. “But once you make them, and he feels confident with you making them, I think you can’t put guys in a box when that’s their thing.”

The Houston Rockets are pretty much the only team in the NBA which will be upset with its players taking long twos on a consistent basis. While the Timberwolves prefer Russell shoots more 3-pointers than long twos, head coach Ryan Saunders is too smart to just tell his players to stop shooting a shot they have been shooting their whole life.

D’Angelo Russell is averaging 23.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 8.5 assists in four games with the Timberwolves. He’s shooting 43.7 percent from the field, 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 95.5 percent from the free-throw line.

The Timberwolves are 16-40 on the season. They are in 14th place in the Western Conference standings.

Karl-Anthony Towns’ wrist injury is preventing Russell and KAT from establishing chemistry on the court leading into the summer. Playoffs are pretty much out of the question for this season, but with a full summer to train, Towns and Russell have to be thinking postseason in 2020-21.