The Timberwolves were in Ohio taking on Cleveland Cavaliers at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Saturday and were getting torched by the Cavs' recently acquired point guard Dante Exum for the better part of the match. With the game hanging on the balance in the final frame, the 24-year-old Australian was scoring at will against Minny's defenders, brushing off the challenge from Andrew Wiggins, Josh Okogie and rookie Jarrett Culver.
According to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic, Robert Covington personally asked head coach Ryan Saunders to allow him to slow down the red-hot Exum. But Saunders kept his faith on the 20-year-old Texas Tech product and let him shadow Exum the rest of the way.
Culver honored his coach's trust and did not let the team down, holding Exum scoreless the rest of the way.
Covington said he was lobbying to take the red-hot Exum. Saunders wanted to see how Culver responded. The rook helped hold him scoreless the rest of the way.
— Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) January 6, 2020