Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Not This Time - Timberwolves Lose

The Minnesota Timberwolves gave it all they had but fell two points short at home tonight against the Charlotte Bobcats. Minnesota lost 89-87. Minnesota came up short on the scoreboard but they are winners as far as their fans are concerned.

The Timberwolves don't know the word quit. They don't understand what underdog means? What they understand is that they always have a chance. The Wolves started the season with star players Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio. Ricky Rubio will be out for some time and Love is expected to return in early December. Brandon Roy has been hobbled with an injury this season.

Then the team lost Chase Budinger for 3-4 months this past weekend. If that wasn't enough, Nikola Pekovic left the last game with an injury in the third quarter. All these players have played a key role for the club.

Every team faces injuries but I can't remember the last time a team suffered so many injuries to players. With all this happening to the club, other players step up and play their hearts out on the court every game. The Wolves are in every game and have a chance at earning a victory. That's amazing. Fans can't be upset with a loss like tonight, when the odds are stacked against them.

Tonight other players took it upon themselves to lead the club. Andrei Kirilenko led all scorers with 26 points. He also had 12 rebounds. I hope Andrei keeps up the good work. Luke Ridnour also had a very good game. He had 16 points, 10 assists and 5 rebounds. Alexey Shved who has been playing well all year and has played an important role for the club also had a good game. He came off the bench to score 13 points.

In the end, it took a game winning shot with .07 seconds left by Bobcats player Kemba Walker. The Timberwolves came so close. That's OK. The good news is that they are finding ways to be competitive, even with all the injuries that have occurred.

It will be interesting to see how the Wolves progress without their star players. Hopefully they will have a winning record when Love and other players return to the lineup. One thing is certain. If Minnesota had their star player healthy, could you imagine how good they would be? Their bench is solid and that means that there's a lot of promise for the club.

Stats courtesy of ESPN.com.

3 comments:

  1. It's becoming obvious that this team is going to be a real force in the NBA when everyone is healthy. Last night we obviously messed Pek (be sure to get on NBA.com and vote for Pek, he not only is playing well, but he makes his team so much better) and in spite of great play by the nine men available, we just couldn't get over the top. Greg and Lou do a great job of backup center, when they play limited minutes, and don't have to worry about fouls their isn't much drop off when Pek takes a short break - but when Pek isn't on the floor they can't sustain that incredible energy for a full 48 minutes. AK is simply an amazing player - Shved is extremely talented and when he lets it all out in the final minutes plays exceptional. First half he worries to much about mistakes (he makes them but we survive them when he plays flat out). Dante and D-will give great effort. Neither one had their shots falling last night, and I'm hoping that Friday coach Adelman plays D-will long enough that his body in fatigue has to start responding to his head. It's lack of concentration at the finish that is so frustrating with Derrick. Open strong moves to the basket only to miss dunk after dunk after layup. Would like to know what he is showing in practice - because we all expect more from D. Luke is playing very well - M. Lee is improving with playing time - Conroy is what he is. Chase leaves a big hole this season, but if Roy can return for 15 minutes a game - JJ return for 20 minutes of high energy and Pek can return to 30+ minutes in the middle this team is back on track even before Kevin, and Ricky return. Chase could still be an important key in playoffs

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  2. I don't want to write a new post but here is an update: Wolves agree to terms (one year) with veteran NBA player Josh Howard (http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/8634948/josh-howard-agrees-terms-minnesota-timberwolves-according-sources).

    This is good news as the Wolves need to be able to go with more than 9 players a night.

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