The nice thing about preview/prediction posts is that they come at a time when fan interest is high. No matter if you’re a Heat fan, still relishing last year’s title and looking forward to a possible repeat, or a Hornet supporter eagerly awaiting The ‘Brow, if you’re a fan of an NBA franchise, you’re probably excited for the season to begin next week. Preview posts whet the appetite by laying out the issues and a framework for a debate. For talking hoops.
That’s the nice thing about them. The bad thing about predictions posts is that nobody really cares what I (or most others) expect to happen. Frankly, I have no idea what the Wolves are going to do this year. (But please keep reading!) It’s difficult to predict player improvement or regression. Aside from having watched a few preseason games, there are questions about new players–how they fit and how much playing time they’ll see. And most problematic are injuries. Fortunately for purposes of this post, I waited until the Wolves’ best player broke his hand by
punching a wall doing knuckle push-ups. (And that there is the ONLY sentence in which a Wolves fan could possibly combine Love’s injury with the word “fortunately.”) But despite these huge problems that double as caveats, I’ll give er a go, and make some predictions for how this season will shake out. This is Part 1. Part 2 will be Pat’s reaction to mine. Feel free to chime in with your thoughts after this one, or wait until we’ve both put ourselves on the record.
What happens without Love and Rubio?