The good news: Minnesota snapped its 4-game losing streak tonight, earning a decided victory against the Charlotte Bobcats.
The less-good news: I have no idea what to make of the performance, because Charlotte is the worst healthy NBA team I have seen in recent years.
Who is the Bobcats’ best player? Does anyone have an answer to this question? If win shares per 48 are your thing, I guess it’s Derrick Brown or D.J. White. John Hollinger and his PER would say it’s D.J. Augustine or Byron Mullens. From watching tonight, I’d probably vote for Kemba Walker or maybe even (hold the laughs) Boris Diaw. (Ol’ Boris dunked on Kevin Love and almost f’d around and got a triple double.)
It’s such an unbelievably-miserable roster (3-26 after tonight’s loss) that I don’t know how to interpret a 12-point win on the home floor in a game where the Wolves trailed at half and benched both Michael Beasley and Derrick Williams. Speaking of those two getting stuck on the pine, apparently Adelman had to stay with the group that was rolling. Bullshit. Beasley and Williams were both in the black for +/- in the first half; a half in which the team actually lost by two. Each player scored an efficient 4 points in 9 minutes of action with positive team performance. With Beasley, there was one specific play where he was fouled on a drive with no call and he spent the defensive possession in the front court by the bench. When it looked like the Wolves had possession he stayed back and the whole sequence looked really ugly for him. About 3 minutes prior to this Kevin Love did essentially the same thing, flopping for a no-call and laying on the ground while his man hammered home a dunk on the other end. I’m not saying these two should be treated equally (Love has earned much more rope than Mike) but if this one sequence led to some kind of Norman Dale Point to Prove, I guess we’re nearing the end of the Mike Beasley Era.
UPDATE: Fellow Wolves blogger Howl at the Moon has similar notes on Beasley and Williams here.
That was a bit of a tangent. There really isn’t much to say about this game.
- K-Love played great and put up huge numbers.
- Ricky found shooters who sometimes made shots.
- Luke got back on track with a team-best (+20) and 5 to 1 assists-to-turnovers.
- Big Pek played 44 minutes (!!!) and posted a ho-hum 21 & 11.
- J.J. Barea shocked the world with 8 assists and 0 turnovers.
It’s nice to be in a position where 12-point wins don’t feel very good. That’s the best spin on this game that I’ve got. Wolves travel to Houston for yet another Rockets matchup on Friday night. Maybe by then they’ll have traded for a shooting guard. Until then.
UPDATE: I see that 82games.com just updated its on/off numbers. These numbers aren’t perfect (far from it) but the majorly-negative net numbers for Ridnour and Johnson (the starting wings) versus all other wings being in the positive… that might say something about the decision to play those two so much. While I’d support many different trade proposals for a good shooting guard, a starting point might just be to start Michael Beasley or Martell Webster at the 3 over Wes Johnson.
Season Record: 14-16