Iowa Wolves look back on season

Iowa Wolves look back on season

Countdown to Prom

The Iowa Wolves of the NBA G-League (affiliated with the Minnesota Timberwolves of the NBA) are coming up on the end of their regular season in a couple weeks, and they have yet to get their first win. As of this writing, they are 0-9 with six games left. In recent years, the Wolves have not been very successful. They were founded in 2007, and in all their seasons their highest winning percentage was in the 2010-11 season, when they went 37-14 (.740). This year, their roster includes University of Iowa product Tyler Cook (who recently joined the NBA) and Iowa State product Lindell Wigginton. The Wolves will not make the playoffs, but their losing 2020-21 season mostly consisted of close games.

Week 1 started on Wednesday, Feb. 10 for the Wolves, which they lost 128-131 to the Long Island Nets. The leading performer for the Wolves was Tyler Cook with 31 points, 9 assists and 10 rebounds. It wasn’t enough, as they got outscored by the Nets 40-29 in the third quarter. That game was followed by one against the Agua Caliente Clippers on Friday, Feb. 12, two days later. Tyler Cook led the Wolves again in points and rebounds, getting 25 points and 10 rebounds. A weak fourth quarter was the difference, where the Wolves were outscored 30-16. The next day, Feb. 13, they lost again to the Salt Lake City Stars, this time by a score of 84-97 in the Stars’ favor. They were outscored in three out of the four quarters, all except the the third, where they outscored the Stars 21-20. Ade Murkey had the most stats for the Wolves with 15 points, 2 assists, and 4 rebounds. This ended Week 1 with the Wolves 0-3. 

Week 2 for the Wolves’ season started on Monday, Feb. 15 with a loss to the G-League Ignite, 97-90. A poor second half was the difference, as the Wolves got outscored 50-47. The leader for the Wolves was Tyler Cook with 24 points. The next game was on Wednesday, Feb. 17, and it was the Wolves’ biggest loss of the season. The final score was 133-111 in the favor of the Delaware Blue Coats. This time Lenindell Wigginton was the leading performer with 19 points. The rest of the week consisted of losses on Feb. 18 (104-103 against the Greensboro Swarm) and Feb. 20 against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, with the final score being 93-98 against the Wolves. That was it for Week 2. 

Week 3 began on Monday, Feb. 22, against the Oklahoma City Blues, which resulted in a 122-128 defeat of the Wolves. The Wolves were outscored in three out of the four quarters. The leading player on the Wolves was most likely Moses Brown, as he had 22 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks. The rest of the week featured a loss to the Santa Cruz Warriors (108-95) and that is it so far. The season is scheduled to last four weeks, and as of now, the Wolves are out of the playoffs and still looking for their first win. They play next on Tuesday, March 2 against the Rio Grande Vipers.