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.