If I had a bucket list, it would probably include “See a Timberwolves game at an arena other than Target Center,” and that number would now have a line through it. It’s almost never fun to watch your favorite team struggle to stay within 20 to the Washington Wi-ZARDS, but tonight was the exception. Pat got some great seats and it was cool to see the Wolves play in a different venue from a different angle.
The game itself, if you don’t already know, was a rough one. Washington is hot–finally having quality vets (even Martell Webster?!) to surround John Wall–and the Wolves are dinged up to the point of comedy. Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic are the foundation of this team, as it is presently constructed with Recovering Rubio. Without those two drawing fouls, recycling possessions on the offensive glass, and challenging opposing coaches with matchup problems, the Wolves are constantly looking uphill. Tonight, John Wall was an acrobat and terror in transition. Bradley Beal looked like Jesus Shuttlesworth. Shit, even Jordan Crawford was on point. Even if the Wolves played their best game the hot Wizards shooting probably would have carried the day. It was not a good game.
But nevertheless, fun was had.
Here’s @PDWolves’ two favorite coaches, BS’ing before the game:
After shootaround, I took a closer look around the arena…
“Jesus. That’s what they called him– Jesus. ‘Cause he was the truth.” – Jake Shuttlesworth
If I had a time machine, my first destination — or at least one of my first hundred destinations — would be a late 60′s Philly playground that Earl “The Pearl” Monroe was playing on. Very cool to see his number hanging from the rafters tonight in D.C.
You’ll have to trust me — since the photo isn’t clear — that the dude in the brown coat is the one and only Gheorghe Muresan. He is 7 feet 7 inches tall. He starred in My Giant. When the Wolves were getting throttled in the fourth quarter, this was a fun development.
In any case, rough game, but fun night. Another one tomorrow at Charlotte.
Season Record: 17-23