GOOD COP: Nikola Pekovic put together a 20 & 12 in 32 minutes.
BAD COP: Pek missed 6 free throws, had a game-worst -24 (correlation, not causation, to be fair) and Coach Terry Porter weirdly limited his best player to 32 minutes of action. This, after playing just 29, 29, and 27 minutes in his last 3 games, respectively. What does TP have against his best active player?
GOOD COP: The Wolves got the better of the famous Kevin Love/O.J. Mayo draft-night swap.
BAD COP: Tonight, they wish they had O.J. He had 20, 9, and 7, in a whopping +30 performance. Meanwhile, K-Love hasn’t had his surgery yet. (It’s scheduled for tomorrow.)
GOOD COP: Dante Cunningham has a nice mid-range jumper.
BAD COP: Tonight, Dante had a TERRIBLE mid-range jumper. He was 6 for 18 in the game, and… well, just go check the shot chart.
GOOD COP: Alexey Shved is a PDWolves fave. Awesome young player and cool dude.
BAD COP: Shved had a road trip to forget. 1 for 7 tonight. 0 for 7 last night. When it finally seemed like he was getting off the schneid with his second three-pointer in short sequence, the ref whistled it off for kicking out his leg. That’s how it’s gone for Shved in the past few games. Hopefully it’s just a short slump in his own game, and not effective scouting adjustments by the rest of the league.
GOOD COP: Ricky Rubio made two shots (one from downtown!) and only missed one. He also played an all-around nice game. Lots of energy, nifty passes, and positive contributions. He was a +7 off the bench in a blowout loss, if that tells you anything.
BAD COP: His shooting mechanics need overhauling. (Paging Shawn Respert…)
GOOD COP: This nightmare of a road trip is over.
BAD COP: The best team (arguably) in the Western Conference comes to town on Thursday Night, for Primetime TNT. Things won’t any easier when Chris Paul and Blake Griffin visit Target Center.
Season Record: 16-19