Kevin Love has been absolutely unbelievable in the last two games off the bench. Tonight in a 112-91 victory Love chipped in a career high 25 points and 11 rebounds in front of the hometown crowd.
With the new starting lineup the Wolves are 2-0 with wins against the Clips and the Knicks. In fact that 2-0 is a bit misleading. I say misleading because not only were they wins but they were dominate wins. During the home stand the T-Wolves beat the Clippers 111-97 and tonight they knocked off the Knickerbockers 112-91. Big Al demonstrated another one of those flashes David Kahn spoke of, tonight he finished the game with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Ryan Hollins made it back to back nights with more than 15 points. In Hollins’s first two starts he dropped 19 and 16 points respectively while logging 30 minutes and grabbing 3 boards in each game. David Lee mentioned Ryan’s length gave them problems but his length still did not help him improve on his three rebounds from the night before. Tonight the Wolves had an amazing +22 rebound differential so they did not need a rebound increase from Hollins. In the future however Hollins has to attack the glass better. Corey Brewer’s 3 game 20+ point streak ended tonight. Brewer only attempted five shots enroute to scoring 7 points. Jonny Flynn played a little out of control all night. He demonstrated poor shot selection but only turned the ball over twice while dishing out 8 assists.
As for team stats, the Wolves got off to a sluggish start. They fell behind early but closed the gap to 26-23 before the end of the first. Over the next three quarters the Wolves ran away with the game. As a team the Wolves shot 50% from the field including 42% from 3-pt range and 80% from the charity stripe. They held the Knicks to 40% shooting and 32% from 3-pt range. Scoring down low was the biggest key on offense. Love, Hollins, and Big Al combined for 63 of Minnesota’s 112 points. The key to victory though was the 56-38 rebound advantage the Wolves held. This two game win streak matches the Wolves longest winning streak of the year (I know pathetic but hey it’s a start).
Up next are the Mavs. Unfortunately it is in Dallas and we all know how much Minnesota struggles on the road. A victory against Dallas would mean this two game win streak is more than just a mirage. Also a side note but sometime after the trade deadline I have a BIG interview lined up. It’s a surprise though.