Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Show Me the Love. Kevin Love That Is!

Kevin Love made a surprise return from his injury tonight at Target Center against the Denver Nuggets. For those of us who have been asking the NBA Deities to show us the Love, Kevin's return couldn't come too early. His teammates have done a great job in his absence but many of them went down with injuries of their own.

Love had a great first half, scoring 22 points as the Timberwolves took a 14 point lead into halftime. It was a great half, one that made it look like Minnesota could do nothing wrong. Love was on fire and the Wolves looked like the team everyone was hoping for. All we needed was Love, right?

A Tale of Two Halves
What went well in the first half went south in the second half. The third quarter started completely differently for the Wolves. For 11 minutes, Denver not only evened the score but took the lead on the Timberwolves. Up until that time, Love only had 2 points in the third quarter. A last minute third quarter rally that saw Love score 3 points allowed the Wolves to take a 4 point lead into the 4th quarter.

The fourth quarter was as terrible as the third quarter. One shot was worse than the other. The team tanked. It was a disaster. What were they thinking? I think in the end you can sum this up to the Nuggets being taken by surprise and shell shocked by Love’s return in the first half. They regrouped and focused on Love. The other players made too many mistakes to recover.

They were not the team we've been used to during the past nine games. I would have thought that after what I saw in the first half, the team would roll all over the Nuggets. The Nuggets did to the Wolves what we've done to some teams. They came back from a big hole and slowly and methodically took control of the basketball game. It was extremely painful to watch. It was terrible.

Sometimes NBA basketball is streaky like that. You have one good half and then the next one is terrible. The Wolves definitely were streaky tonight. Love finished with 34 points in the Timberwolves 101-94 loss to the Denver Nuggets.

In the end, I was asking the basketball deities to show me some love but it was for an entirely different reason. My team lost and it was in heartbreaking fashion. This was not the love I wanted the NBA Deities to show me tonight. While Love had a good game in his return and that is promising, the Timberwolves lost a hard fought affair. I'm crushed.

I think Love will help this team as the season progresses, it just wasn't meant to be tonight.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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