The good: Well the Wolves won and that is always a good thing. Both Kevin Love and Big Al produced double doubles. Wayne Ellington had himself a nice game off the bench (12 pts, 4 reb). Ellington has impressed me more and more lately. Ryan Gomes bounced back from his 0-9 effort in the last game to drop 13 points off 6 of 8 shooting on the Heat. The Wolves held Michael Beasley to 14 points. Darko was gasping for air the entire time but still played through it, and contributed a lot defensively. Jonny Flynn really looked for his offense in this game. He was aggressive and hit a clutch layup in traffic with a minute or so left. Kurt Rambis had a much better rotation tonight I thought.
The bad: The win came with an asterisk as D-Wade did not play. The D allowed Dorell Wright to shoot for a career high of 6 3-pointers on 6 of 7 shooting while scoring 26 points and grabbing 7 boards off the bench. Big Al still struggled offensively.
The ugly: Jonny Flynn’s assist to turnover ratio was horrible last night. A starting point guard in the NBA cannot dish out 1 assist while turning the ball over 5 times and expect to win (luckily they still did win). Lastly, the Wolves as a team had 15 assists to 20 turnovers. This team has to get much better at both distributing and protecting the ball. They are last in the league currently in that area, and it all begins at PG. J-Flynn has to protect the ball more while looking for his own offense and his teammates…..he is a rookie though and I think he will do nothing but get better.
Now it is time to move on and focus on the Hawks. Go Wolves!