Don’t worry, no Invisible Obama here.
The Good – Andrei Kirilenko
This was exactly the type of performance we hope to see from AK47. The energetic Russian was all over the floor, putting together a vintage across-the-board stat line of 17 points (on 6-7 shooting) 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks and 1 steal.
Alan Anderson – AP Photo/David Goldman
Fresh off the opening-night, grind-it-out win over Sacramento, the Wolves travel to Toronto for Game Number 2 today. The contest will be televised on FSN North and NBA TV. If memory serves, that combination led to a dual blackout last year, and no League Pass recourse as the game was “available” on local networks. Here’s hoping that snafu has been fixed and Twin Cities fans will be able to watch. A few things to look for in this one:
- Kyle Lowry – If the season ended today, the only things keeping Lowry out of the MVP conversation would be James Harden and the Raptors .000 winning percentage. The feisty point guard is leading his team in per-game points (24.5) assists (8.0) rebounds (7.5) and steals (4.0). Remember when Kevin Garnett was the best player on the Timberwolves–with separation from 2nd-best that would rival any disparity in league history? Well, the gulf between Lowry and the Raps’ next-best isn’t that big. But he is, by far, the Raptors best player. Continue reading
Klay Thompson, son of former Gopher great, Mychal Thompson
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