Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Kris Dunn is still adjusting to the pace of the NBA, but if the move he pulled last night is any indication, he's getting the hang of it.
That, or three-year veteran Shabazz Napier isn't long for the league.
During the Timberwolves' Sunday-night tilt with the Portland Trail Blazers, Dunn left Napier in the dust by dribbling the ball around him, running to the other side of Napier, meeting back up with the ball, then firing an assist to Gorgui Dieng.
It didn't matter though, because even with two-time All-Star Damian Lillard out with an ankle sprain, no one—not Dunn, not Ricky Rubio—in the Timberwolves backcourt could do anything to stop C.J. McCollum, who set a new career high with 43 points on 16-of-25 shooting.
"Without Damian, that's 28 points and a lot of defensive attention," McCollum said. "Seven assists, six rebounds, so a lot more energy has to be utilized on my end. I have to try to keep guys involved and take over as a decision maker."
Before the game, Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts warned his team not to try to do too much with their star point guard out.
"I just said there might be a guy who scores 10 more than you expect," he said. "He scored 20 more than I expected."