Timberwolves Week 4
A four pack of games. A 50% win percentage. Could have been better but also could have been worse. It's an inconsistent bunch but there are signs from which to draw positive conclusions.
Lakers coming up lacking
Due to Wiggins' game, went with the full highlight package.
In what is and should be a surprise to everyone, except maybe the biggest rubes, the Los Angeles Lakers have started this season off well. After losing their latest stalwart to retirement they have a young and talented team but just as many question marks as the home town Wolves. That was the match up on Sunday night in the Twin Cities.
The wolves were without Zach Lavine, Shabazz Muhammed and Brandon Rush but you'd never know if by the final score. Andrew Wiggins went off. In only 21 shots, with only five 3 points, he poured in 47 points. 17 coming from the charity stripe but a very impressive out put for the third year player! Check the Twitter feed if you want to see the rest of his stats because it was a heck of a game for him!
Bjelica, and Towns complimented Maple Jordan exceptionally and even Rubio and ...Adreian Payne made some things happen on offense. Tie that all in to the defense being able to hold the former MN team under 100 and it was another win on the books! On top of the scoring, Rubio managed 10 assists and Towns wrangled 12 rebounds. The trend of Jones getting more minutes then Dunn continued on Sunday as well. He just keeps making plays and it seems like Thibs has a little more trust in the local boy then in the rook.
So win #3 on the season. Far from the showtime squad but it's always nice to beat the Purple and Gold of LA!
Wolves stung again
A twelve point lead at the half, a seven point deficit when the fourth quarter started. With three minutes to go in the third quarter, they were within points of each other. Not a positive but a tie is better then a deficit. Well the team couldn't match up over the final minutes of the quarter and found themselves behind.
Comebacks happen all the time in sports and a few points is no big deal in the NBA, they just don't seem mentally able to handle it. The third quarter has been a thorn in the team's side for several games this year. I mean they've lead by double digits in seven of the 10 games so far, yet only the three wins. Fatigue in the brain is already showing itself by some of the post game comments.
Since they're playing the masters of it as I type, I'll use the word. It's part of the process. Is it enjoyable? No. Is it acceptable? Not for much longer, if at all. Will it change? Hopefully!
On Tuesday it was too much of a problem for them to be able to come back from. The Hornets are a fine team. An Eastern Conference playoff team but not a championship level team. It was just the kind of game that the team will have to win to jump from 29 to 45+. Will there be more chances? Yes, 72 of them to be precise. But there youth or their mental incompetence blew their latest chance.
Beat em down like Balboa