Friday, November 9, 2012

Is Chase Budinger a Budding Star?

Chase Budinger came off the bench in relief of injured teammate Brandon Roy to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a victory over the Indiana Pacers. Budinger scored the winning basket with .08 seconds left as the Wolves won 96-94. The Timberwolves are 4-1. Is Budinger a budding star?

I think so. I hope so. Chase led all Minnesota players with 18 points. Chase has come off the bench in the past five games and played a pivotal part in their four victories. Who would have thought this 4th year player would step up to the plate and play such a big role for this team?

I didn't but he's proving that he can be a role player. His play is important as the Timberwolves are without their star player, Kevin Love. Budinger has averaged 11 points per game. It's good to know that the team has a go to guy this year.

Budinger has been mentioned in my last two updates. That's because he's come off the bench and played a big role for the team. In both those updates the Timberwolves won. The Wolves are off to an amazing start. There's no way that I would have given the team much of a chance to win four of its first 5 games without team superstar Kevin Love.

The Timberwolves lead the Northwest division. That's a great, great start. That's amazing. I'm so excited right now. The team needs to compile as many wins as possible during Love's absence. It would be nice if the Timberwolves have a winning record when he returns.

I sure hope that Budinger continues to play well. I sure hope Budinger is a budding star. I sure hope that Budinger is a leader. I sure hope that he gets more playing time. He's proving that he deserves it. All stars have key moments that are turning points in their career and that launch them into star status.

Budinger has had a few this season but none more important than tonight. Scoring the game's winning basket is one huge moment. It could be that moment that allows Budinger to continue to grow. We might be witnessing our next star.

I know that's a leap fo faith but these are moments that fans remember. If Budinger does grow into a star palyer, we might look back to this game as that moment that was the turning point in his career.

The Timberwolves are headed to Chicago to take on the 3-2 Chicago Bulls. This will be a big test for the Wolves as they come off a dramatic home victory and face one of their toughest opponents of the year so far.

I think it will be tough for the Timberwolves to win the game tomorrow night. Playing back to back games like this takes its toll. We'll see what the team is made of. I hope that I'm writing about another great game by Chase Budinger and the Timberwolves.

Stats provided by ESPN.com.

4 comments:

  1. His size, shooting ability, and flexibility to pay either wing position made him an obvious choice. Adelman knew him, and Chase understands Adelman's system. The guy plays smart and tough defense. Well on the way toward wolves 6th man of the year.

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  2. jmndodge, thanks for your comment and welcome to Sportmentary. Good points about Budinger!

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  3. Hope this injury last night turns out to be something he can heal quickly from, and play through. Shved brings some good skills, I expected him to be in this position of having to play big minutes next season -- but this puts a lot of pressure on him quickly. Brandon Roy now becomes much more important -- We were a bit long on the guard position -- didn't see any reason to keep Conroy, but with JJ hurt, Luke's back history, Chase down for a while and M.Lee just starting to get some playing time, all of a sudden Roy isn't just a bonus -- 15 minutes a night is almost essential.

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  4. Thanks for the analysis. You made some excellent points.

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