Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Timberwolves Rally

The Timberwolves rallied in the second half yesterday against the Brooklyn Nets to earn a hard fought road victory. Rally doesn't give justice to what Minnesota did on the road. It was one of their greatest comebacks in team history.

The Timberwolves were down by 22 points in the second half and still found a way to win. They got help from their bench again. Dante Cunningham (11 points, 11 rebounds), Chase Budinger (16 points, 6 rebounds) and Alex Shved (10 points) all played a role in the comeback and victory.

It's nice to see that the Timberwolves have guys coming of the bench to help the team win games. The Timberwolves are now 2-1 and that's without team leader Kevin Love. This is huge for the team and it shows that they might have some depth in their lineup.

Minnesota also had a couple starters who played a good game. They were Andrei Kirilenko (16 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists) and Nikola Pekovic (21 points, 7 rebounds). It seems that the Timberwolves have had different guys stepping it up in their two wins. That's a good thing. It shows that the Timberwolves aren't relying on one player to pick up the slack.

The player who I still feel needs to step up his game is Brandon Roy (6 points, 7 rebounds). He's been relatively quiet in the team's two wins this season. If he can get going and find his stride, the Timberwolves will be a tough team to play every night.

If you would have asked me if I thought that the Timberwolves would be 2-1 in their first three games, I would have said no. Without Love, I thought the team would be lucky to have one win at this point. I'm really excited right now. The team is playing well and giving a great effort every night.

I sure hope that the team continues to play well. It would be great if the team can have a winning record when Love returns. It will take him a few games get back to game shape and if the team has a winning record, it will put them in a position to make a push in the New Year.

Player stats courtesy of ESPN.com.

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