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Jeff Teague on Andrew Wiggins’ huge 4th quarter: ‘It’s nice seeing his hard work pay off’

Jeff Teague, Andrew Wiggins, Timberwolves

Andrew Wiggins has been through his share of disappointing moments, following three years on the rise and his latest two on an avalanche, as the Minnesota Timberwolves wing struggled with his consistency. Things seem different for him through this 2019-20 season, as his Wolves are now 3-0, largely in thanks to him after he erupted for 16 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter against the Miami Heat on Sunday.

Point guard Jeff Teague is one of Wiggins’ many teammates cheering for him and celebrating his hard work paying off, now that the organization has gained some stability and control after a couple of tumultuous years.

The sixth-year forward out of Kansas made one big shot after another, resulting in his teammates mobbing him with more than a minute left in regulation — a sign of their appreciation.

“We always joke about Wigs, taking his long 2s and things like that,” said Teague after a 116-109 win over the Heat, according to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic. “But he’s bought into the system. And it’s nice seeing his hard work pay off.”

The Wolves have stacked their roster with wings that can keep him accountable, no longer able to play long minutes without defending and producing for his team.

“I’m very proud of Wig. Everybody knows how I feel about Wig,” said his coach Ryan Saunders. “He’s going to have a very good year and it’s going to take time for all of it to come together with our emphasis and changing of systems, but he’s going to have a good year.

“I’m in his corner. I want to make sure he knows that, but we’re also going to do the right things, too, because we do have a plethora of wings on this team that we can go to as well. And these guys know that.”

Wiggins is starting to be held accountable and he is responding to the challenge with a better mindset, now averaging 20.7 points and 6.0 rebounds through the early stretch of the season.