Once again the Wolves get burnt early. One night after giving up 43 in the 2nd quarter to the Sixers the Wolves surrender 37 in the 1st quarter to the Bobcats. Over the last two games Minnesota’s opponents have scored an average of 64.5 points a game in the 1st half. I say again 64.5 points a game in the 1st half! You cannot win when teams start off on pace for 130 points.
Now the 2nd half was a different story last night. Charlotte was only able to muster up 37 points to close out the game. So despite the 21 point hole the Wolves found theirselves in they were able to get back in the game. Minnesota outscored the Bobcats 27-24 in the 3rd and 22-13 in the 4th. In fact Minnesota was the lead (92-91) with less than 30 seconds remaining. It was at that time Boris Diaw missed a 20 plus foot jumper that was headed out of bounds when Corey Brewer attempted to save it….and save it he did! He tossed it right to Nazr Mohammed who then scored the go ahead bucket. The Bobcats held on for the final 5 seconds to win 93-92.
What led to this loss? Well Nazr Mohammed dominated the Wolves frontcourt. How do you allow a 32 year old journeyman center who has career averages of 6.9 points and 5.4 rebounds go for 21 points and 20 rebounds against two team USA big men? Easy you don’t! You cannot allow that to happen and expect to win. Ryan Hollins is an intriguing big man who might be servicable, but Ryan you have to begin to grab more than 4 boards a game. I mean you are a 7 foot center you cannot play center in this league and only grab 4 rebounds a game. Next, when you hold an All-Star (Gerald Wallace) to 5 points on 1 of 9 shooting you have to capitalize on it. Don’t let the Bobcats off the hook when their top player gets shut down. I don’t have to much to say about S-Jax scoring 33 because well you can’t expect to shut both him and Wallace. Lastly you cannot get to the line only 9 times as well as get outrebounded 45-34 (by a smaller team). All of these things key losses.
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