When you’ve lost four straight and sit at the bottom of the league in wins, you search for small victories. In Monday night’s 118-100 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, second-year big man Skal Labissiere’s number stood out in an otherwise dreary boxscore. The 21-year-old power forward went to work on the offensive end, putting up 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting over veteran Taj Gibson. It was a solid game for the the second-year-big, but he wasn’t satisfied with his performance following the loss. “For me, it’s on the defensive end,” Labissiere told NBC Sports California. “I don’t think I did a good job on the defensive end. Hopefully tomorrow, I’ll tune that up.” Playing in just his third game since returning from a shoulder injury, Labissiere started and played 31 minutes at the power forward position. He’s still trying to shake off the rust after an extended layoff. “I’m still getting my legs under me after being out almost a month,” Labissiere said. “It’s going to come.” In his first game back on Thursday, Labissiere matched up with 10-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony. He held his own against a ball dominant, isolation player. On Saturday against the Lakers, it was stretch four Kyle Kuzma that lined up opposite Labissiere and he looked more comfortable than he has all season defending the perimeter. Against the T-Wolves, Gibson tried to bully Labissiere in the post using his strength. The veteran forward finished the night with 15 points and five rebounds in nearly 35 minutes of play.
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