With the Clippers coming to town at full strength and with hopes of contending for the Western Conference title, a Wolves victory was not realistic. As they remain without Love and Rubio (and Ridnour and Wayne and Darko) tonight’s game was watched not with expectations of a good competition, but with an interest in the performance of specific players. In my case, that player was Anthony Randolph who had just burst out of his (usual) spot on the bench for 28 points and 5 blocks in last night’s near-win over the Denver Nuggets. Continue reading
Monthly Archives: April 2012
With last night’s loss to Denver, the Wolves extended their losing streak to 7 games. Since we last checked in, they’ve fallen to the Hornets (16-42; dead-last in West), been destroyed by the Suns at Target Center, and dropped last night’s game while losing Kevin Love to a scary head/neck injury. So, things aren’t going so hot. Continue reading
The game wraps have become fewer and farther between, but I attended this game so it makes sense to post some notes.
For much of the 2nd Quarter, this game felt like a breeze. The Warriors scored 4 points in the first 9:03 of the period while the Wolves built up an 18-point lead near the half. For the final 26:57 of the game, the Warriors would outscore the home team 72-51. Those 72 points came the easy way; many from Charles Jenkins uncontested layups. Kevin Love was needed as a help defender, but he either lacked the energy or inclination to play that part on this night. On multiple–possibly consecutive–possessions, Love watched dribblers take the layup when he was within range of at least a foul, if not a solid contest. Continue reading
As I see it, there are five different types of NBA teams at this point in the season:
1) Great teams locked into a high-playoff seed, looking to stay healthy and sharp for the playoffs.
2) Playoff-bound teams jockeying for seed position and/or a division title.
3) Average teams fighting tooth and nail for a playoff spot.
4) Bad teams tanking for the lottery.
5) The Minnesota Timberwolves, ravaged by injuries but without its own lottery pick and therefore without a tanking incentive.
What a weird place to be. Here’s a brief rundown of where things stand as we head down the home stretch: Continue reading