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Timberwolves at Clippers (The Getaway Day Edition)

The Wolves take on CP3, Blake, and MATT BARNES (!) tonight in LaLa.

The Wolves take on CP3, Blake, and MATT BARNES (!) tonight in LaLa.

Howdy, Wolves fans. Tonight’s game is in LA, at the Clip Joint, against CP3 and the Gang. Tip is at 9:30 CST. The Wolves will fly back to Mpls after the game.

It’s also getaway day for Patrick J, who’s leaving for PIT in a few minutes for a flight to MSP via ORD. (Eds. Note: Yes, he’s expecting the usual delay at O’Hare. He cannot recall having a single flight from that airport leave on-time in the 4+ years he lived in Chicago.)

So I’m going to leave you with a bit of crossover eye candy, courtesy of tonight’s opponent, @oneandonlycp3. (Eds. Note: Why did Paul abandon that Twitter handle? It was one of coolest in the League.)

Part I

Take a deep breath. A short intermission. Grab some eggnog, and feast on some more tasty CP3 crossovers in Part II.

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Clippers 96, WOLVES 90 – 5 Things

Not my favorite backcourt tandem.

1 – Johnson & Gelabale

Nobody quite knew what to expect from the 10 Day Wonders now that Rick Adelman was back with the team.  He hadn’t coached them, as each guy joined the team after Adelman’s departure.  Tonight, with Nikola Pekovic also returning to the lineup, there was no time for Chris Johnson.  Pek was revealing his new bear tattoo (I haven’t seen it yet, I’m just trusting @steventurous on this one) and earned all of his 37 minutes of action.  He put up a 17 & 12 line.  Greg Stiemsma played the other 11 center minutes.  Eventful ones.  He took a flagrant-two cheapshot from Matt Barnes, prompting an ejection.  A moment later, he knocked over one Clipper (flagrant-one) and was shoved in the back by Caron Butler.  Technical foul.  Stiemer was mixing it up and played okay.  In any case, no Chris Johnson tonight.  In some ways, he was missed.  The Clips have a ridiculously athletic front court pairing in Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan and crucial rebounds were lost; often times the “high in the air” variety.

Mickael Gelabale played a solid 16 minutes of action — solid defensively.  He shot a forgettable 0 for 2 from the floor, but was noticeably disruptive on defense.  He had 3 steals.  I suspect his minutes will stay as long as Budinger is out.  The Wolves wing defense is suspect and Gelabale is quite obviously a solid defensive player who frustrates the basic things like a post entry pass.  He was a +4 in tonight’s game.

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